Stories by Joan Lowy

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Air traffic system shifts to text messaging

CHANTILLY, Va. — Airline pilots and air traffic controllers are on schedule to switch to text communications at most of the nation’s busiest airports by the end of the year.
By Joan Lowy

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

FAA contemplating whether millions of drones will fill skies

WASHINGTON — So many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses that federal aviation officials said Friday they are contemplating the possibility of millions of unmanned ...
By Joan Lowy

Saturday, July 30, 2016

FAA rejected recommendations to impose more oversight on commercial hot air balloon operators

WASHINGTON - Warning about potential high-fatality accidents, safety investigators recommended two years ago that the Federal Aviation Administration impose greater oversight on commercial hot air ...
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bill would boost security, reduce lines at airports

WASHINGTON - House and Senate lawmakers announced an agreement Tuesday on an aviation bill to boost airport security, reduce screening lines and require airlines to refund fees to passengers whose ...
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Commercial drone rules open up sky

WASHINGTON — Routine use of small drones by real estate agents, farmers, filmmakers and countless other commercial operators was cleared for takeoff by the Obama administration Tuesday.
By Joan Lowy

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

TSA chief sees progress made on shortening lines

The head of the Transportation Security Administration says significant progress has been made on shortening screening lines at the nation's busiest airports.
By Joan Lowy

Monday, June 6, 2016

New air traffic towers too small for old tech

WASHINGTON — Two state-of-the-art airport towers due to go into operation this fall will first need extensive remodeling to make room for technology that dates backs to the early days of air ...
By Joan Lowy

Monday, May 16, 2016

Research finds possible downsides

WASHINGTON - Self-driving cars are expected to usher in a new era of mobility, safety and convenience. The problem, say transportation researchers, is that people will use them too much.
By Joan Lowy

Friday, April 8, 2016

Self-driving cars aren't ready, experts caution

WASHINGTON - Self-driving cars are more likely to hurt than help public safety because of unsolved technical issues, engineers and safety advocates told the government Friday, countering a push by ...
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Study takes dim view of many car headlights

The beams on most cars aren't doing a good job of helping drivers see down a dark road at night, according to rating of more than 30 midsize car models. Only one model, the top trim level Toyota ...
By Joan Lowy

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016

FAA failing to keep pilots' skills sharp, watchdog reports

WASHINGTON - The government is falling short in ensuring airline pilots keep up their flying skills and get full training on how to monitor sophisticated automated control systems in cockpits, ...
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

Safety agency links 8th death to faulty air bags

WASHINGTON - A minor who was driving a car that crashed near Pittsburgh has been tentatively identified by the government as the eighth death in the U.S. as a result of an explosive air bag inflator.
By Joan Lowy

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Safety ratings to include new auto technologies

WASHINGTON - The government announced plans to update its safety rating system for new cars and trucks to include whether the vehicle has technology to avoid crashes.
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

Congress votes to delay rail safety mandate by 3 to 5 years

WASHINGTON - Congress passed a bill Wednesday that delays for at least three years the mandate for railroads to put long-sought safety technology in place, and extends the government's authority ...
By Joan Lowy

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

Congress weighs giveaways to auto, trucking industries

WASHINGTON — At a time of record auto recalls and rising highway deaths, safety advocates say the Republican-run Congress is snubbing their agenda and taking sides with the auto and trucking ...
By Joan Lowy

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

10 commit to making automatic emergency brakes standard

WASHINGTON - Ten automakers have committed to the government and a private safety group that they will include automatic emergency braking in all new cars.
By Joan Lowy

Monday, Aug 10, 2015

Study shows chronic fatigue among air traffic controllers

WASHINGTON - Air traffic controllers' work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to a study the ...
By Joan Lowy

Friday, Aug 7, 2015

Few railroads likely to meet 2015 deadline for installation of technology

WASHINGTON — Only a handful of railroads are close to meeting a deadline this year to install safety technology that can prevent many crashes.
By Joan Lowy

Senate report urges government crackdown on airline fees

WASHINGTON — The government should crack down on airline fees for things like seat reservations, checked baggage and ticket changes or cancellations, which are often unfair or hidden from ...
By Joan Lowy

Thursday, Aug 6, 2015

Senate report urges government crackdown on airline fees

WASHINGTON — The government should crack down on airline fees for things like seat reservations, checked baggage and ticket changes or cancellations according to a Senate report released Thursday.
By Joan Lowy
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