Stories about Federal Aviation Administration


Wind energy utility leasing more than 7,000 acres of land Down East

By Tim Cox on July 25, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
TRESCOTT | Atlantic Wind, a subsidiary of a global utility business, has leased thousands of acres in two coastal communities and is gathering data to assess the feasibility of a wind energy project there. Atlantic Wind has leased a little more than 7,200 acres in Washington County, including about …
Richard Rockefeller

Falmouth’s Richard Rockefeller dies in NY small plane crash

By Beth Brogan on June 13, 2014, at 10:22 a.m.
Richard Rockefeller of Falmouth, son of banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller, died Friday morning when the small plane he was piloting crashed in Westchester County, New York. Rockefeller, an experienced pilot, flew to New York on Thursday to celebrate his father’s 99th birthday, family spokesman Fraser Seitel …
A plane takes off from Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton in 2011.

Maine airports to get more than $5 million in federal grants

By Bill Trotter on July 31, 2013, at 8:34 p.m.
TRENTON | More than $5 million in federal grant money is coming to airports in Maine, with roughly half of it earmarked for Hancock County’s airport near Mount Desert Island. Of the $5.13 million in Federal Aviation Administration funds headed to Maine, more than $2.5 million will fund an …
Bangor International Airport Director Tony Caruso

Federal order for American Airlines to cut flights would hurt Bangor International Airport, say city officials

By Nick McCrea on May 01, 2013, at 8:54 p.m.
Bangor International Airport could lose successful Washington D.C. flights if the federal government decides the merger of US Airways and American Airlines violates antitrust laws, city and airport officials said. In April 2012, US Airways announced plans to take over American Airlines, which was in the midst …

Hancock County commissioners dismiss complaint against chief financial officer

By Bill Trotter on March 07, 2013, at 1:09 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Hancock County commissioners have dismissed a complaint another county employee had filed against the county’s chief financial officer. Commissioners had delayed action on the complaint against Phil Roy while they waited to hear back from the Federal Aviation Administration about whether Roy’s handling of the county’s airport …

Congressional delegation eyes use of drones for border protection

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 05, 2011, at 4:48 p.m.
HOULTON | Officials with the Department of Homeland Security told members of Congress late last week that they plan to fly sensor-mounted unmanned aircraft along a greater expanse of the 5,500-mile border with Canada to spot illegal activity. Even though the unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are not yet …

LePage opposes more low-level flight missions in Maine

The Associated Press on Aug. 21, 2011, at 4:07 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage is asking the Air National Guard to cancel plans to expand low-level training for fighter pilots over western Maine. LePage told the National Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration that the expanded training area is a “want, not a need.” He also said the …

Congress reaches compromise to end partial FAA shutdown

By Joan Lowy, The Associated Press on Aug. 04, 2011, at 9:16 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Congress has reached a bipartisan compromise to end the two-week partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration that has idled 74,000 federal employees and construction workers and cost the government about $30 million a day in uncollected airline ticket taxes, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said Thursday. The …

FAA remains in partial shutdown as Senate fails to act on funding impasse

By Christine Mai-Duc, Tribune Washington Bureau on Aug. 02, 2011, at 8:26 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Senate adjourned without resolving a funding standoff that has left the Federal Aviation Administration in partial shutdown for more than a week. The failure came despite a flurry of last-minute activity Tuesday and urgings from President Barack Obama that the standoff be resolved. Obama called it “another …

FAA: Tired air traffic controllers can skip work

By JOAN LOWY, on July 01, 2011, at 7:52 p.m.
  WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration announced new steps Friday to help prevent air traffic controllers from falling asleep on the job, including allowing controllers to use sick or annual leave time if they are too tired to work.   Controllers will also now be allowed to listen to …

FAA to fine people who point lasers at planes

By Joan Lowy, The Associated Press on June 01, 2011, at 7:32 p.m.
WASHINGTON — People who point powerful lasers at planes and helicopters — which can temporarily blind pilots — could face fines as high as $11,000 per violation, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday. The FAA is using a new legal interpretation of existing regulations that prohibit interference …

White House says shutdown will delay pay to troops

By Richard Lardner And Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press on April 06, 2011, at 9:28 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration warned Wednesday that a federal shutdown would undermine the economic recovery, delay pay to U.S. troops fighting in three wars, slow the processing of tax returns and limit small-business loans and government-backed mortgages during peak home buying season. The dire message, delivered two days before …
A flight takes off from the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport Friday.  The airport is among 110 in the country that could loose a large portion of it's funding if Congress eliminates the Essintial Air Services program.  Maine Congressman Michael Michaud voted against the bill that would eliminate the funding.

Lawmakers eye fate of rural airports

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 18, 2011, at 9:33 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Members of the state’s congressional delegation are fighting to keep in place a federal program that provides significant financial support for 110 airports across the country, including four facilities in Maine. On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud voted against a four-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation …