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Tucson latest Az airport to roll out new TSA screening policy

Tucson International last week became the latest airport in Arizona to roll out enhanced security measures that will require travelers to put any electronic device larger than a cell phone into a separate bin.... Read more»

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Can America’s air safety watchdogs police aviation fraud?

A government audit of the FAA—the agency responsible for ensuring airline safety—said it had consistently failed to alert federal law enforcement authorities about cont parts installed in U.S. airplanes.... Read more»

FAA ordered to toss out Sky Harbor flight paths that raised noise levels

A federal appeals court Tuesday ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to throw out a controversial flight path plan for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport that sparked tens of thousands of noise complaints from neighbors.... Read more»

Firefighters add drone incursions to threats faced in a wildfire

Firefighters battling the Goodwin Fire in central Arizona had to suspend operations twice in one week after drones flew into airspace over the blaze.... Read more»

Trump says privatizing air traffic control will speed modernization

President Trump’s plan to privatize operations of the nation’s air traffic control towers – including at least six in Arizona – will help speed upgrades to a system that has been slow to modernize, the White House said Monday.... Read more»

Sky Harbor had 24,247 noise complaints in 2015 after flight-path shift

Neighbors of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport filed 24,247 complaints about noise at the facility in 2015, one of the highest rates among airports studied in a recent George Mason University report.... Read more»

Do new FAA drone rules go far enough for Arizonans?

The Federal Aviation Administration last week released new rules for commercial drone pilots, but one local unmanned aircraft enthusiast said the agency is focused on regulating the wrong group of users.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Holmes: Why World View doesn't have a spacey business model

Two weeks ago, without much fanfare or notice from the press, the Tucson Airport Authority board unanimously passed a resolution backing the development of Spaceport Tucson, the new and controversial home of World View. What this resolution means is that after months of actively working against the spaceport, the airport has gotten past the rhetoric and negativity, reviewed the facts, and decided to work with World View. Why the turnaround? ... Read more»1

Feds shooting down local drone bans

FAA officials told state and local authorities last week that only the federal government has the ability to regulate remote-controlled aircraft. This week, Pima County reiterated a ban on drones in public parks — a policy they said isn't a violation of the federal regulations.... Read more»1

FAA: 22 reports of drones near other aircraft in Az

Spurred by rising reports of encounters between drones and other aircraft, the FAA wants to require drone registration.... Read more»

States rush to regulate drones ahead of federal guidelines

States want to regulate how companies, citizens and police can use drones in everything from delivery services to law enforcement surveillance. Critics say airspace regulations should be left up to the Federal Aviation Administration and argue limits on drone use could stifle innovation. ... Read more»

House OKs language to halt FAA changes to Sky Harbor flight paths

The U.S. House of Representatives gave preliminary approval Thursday to a proposal that would stop the Federal Aviation Administration from making further changes to flight patterns at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.... Read more»1

Many national, int'l pilots train at Arizona flight schools

Experts say it’s not surprising the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, which crashed into the French Alps earlier this week, trained in Arizona. Many organizations, including Lufthansa, the parent company of GermanWings, send their pilots here.... Read more»

Real estate agents buzzing about drones

A Tucson real estate agent is the first person to obtain an exemption from the FAA to fly a drone specifically for real-estate marketing. Draft guidelines issued this week could open the door for more real-estate professionals to use the technology.... Read more»

Advocates welcome FAA’s proposed rules on commercial drones

Backers say the proposed rules could open the door to a multibillion-dollar industry of commercial drone use, for jobs as varied as inspecting infrastructure to farming to movie making. The proposal was years in the making, and it will be months before they can take effect. ... Read more»

New Az law addresses danger of laser pointers to aircraft

Arizona has a new law making it a crime to point laser pointers at aircraft. But some in law enforcement say the law doesn't go far enough because the charge is a misdemeanor rather than a felony. ... Read more»

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