Federal Aviation Administration

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Kickstarter for amazing aerial drone photos of Minneapolis

    Drones aren't just a terrifying military technology, they're also allowing amateur tinkerers to take amazing photos of the city we love.One of them is Tony Koop. But he recently suffered a potentially career-ending loss when his expensive Phantom drone experienced a "flyaway" when he was showing it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    FAA scraps plan to automate takeoffs at MSP, cites safety concerns

    The Federal Aviation Administration is currently in the process of automating takeoff and landing routes at airports throughout the country.SEE ALSO: Interest in flights from MSP to Denver has never been higher since Colorado legalized pot It's akin to driving with cruise control. The possibility fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Wisconsin's Lakemaid Beer Company tests beer delivery via drones

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (otherwise known as UAVs or drones) have been some of the most controversial robotic entities of the 21st century, primarily because of their surveillance and killing capabilities. But recently, there's been a movement away from using drones solely as pseudo-war machines. Un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Russian fighter jet crashes in Eden Prairie

    The pilot of the vintage MiG-21 is reportedly okay after his plane's crash landing into Flying Cloud Airport around 10 a.m. Thursday. Eden Prairie spokeswoman Katie Beal said the pilot, who hasn't been identified, came into the landing too fast because the parachute used to land collapsed. The plane ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Wasted flight attendant results in cancellation of Grand Forks to Minneapolis flight

    ‚ÄčA Grand Forks to Minneapolis flight was canceled yesterday afternoon because a flight attendant was drunk. Really, really drunk.According to a police report obtained by the Grand Forks Herald, the attendant, a resident of the Twin Cities area whose name hasn't yet been released, had a blood alcoh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Franken and Klobuchar, in the minority, vote against anti-union bill

    ‚ÄčThe bill providing long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration is a case study in how complicated legislation coming before the U.S. Senate can be. As a condition of funding the FAA long-term, congressional Republicans demanded that the percentage of transportation workers' signatur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Michele Bachmann flying high during FAA freeze-out

    ?Michele Bachmann, like the rest of congress, is on recess during the month of August. Normally, she'd spend recess on the swings or practicing her cheer routines.But this year, she's running for President of the United States of Iowa, which means she's zooming around on a moment's notice: Last week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    AirTran pilot arrested at MSP for alleged boozing before Milwaukee flight

    ​Either the party went on too long, or it was just getting started, but either way an AirTran Airways pilot was arrested at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday for allegedly hitting the sauce before going to work. So the party's over. After TSA officer smelled alcohol on the pilot's breath, MSP police nabb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Luke Bucklin of Sierra Bravo, 3 kids, missing over Wyoming

    Photo via Twitter​There's seriously bad weather everywhere from the Rockies to the Great Lakes, and it sounds like that may be why Luke Bucklin and his three sons have gone missing in the skies outside of Jackson Hole, Wyo.

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Pilots of Northwest 188 who overshot MSP agree to lose their licences

    The two pilots will be eligible to re-apply by August.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Errant Flight 188 cockpit crew mistook Winnipeg for Minneapolis

    NTSB dumps hundreds of documents on its Web site detailing the misadventures of Northwest Flight 188.

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Northwest 188 co-pilot blames pilot as FAA probes overshoot

    The co-pilot says the pilot bears the most blame, and should get the harsher punishment, for allowing the jet straying off course.

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    FAA releases Northwest Flight 188 audio and transcripts

    "We got distracted," is how the cockpit crew described blowing 150 miles past their scheduled destination.

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    FAA says air traffic controllers were late on the NWA overshoot

    The military says fighter jets were ready to intercept Flight 188, but didn't get the go ahead from air traffic controllers, the FAA says.

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Delta Air Lines apologizes for distracted pilots, issues travel vouchers

    Delta Air Lines, the owner of Northwest, issued a statement yesterday and mailed apologies to all of the passengers aboard the flight.

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Distracted NWA pilots have licenses revoked

    The Federal Aviation Administration revoked the licenses of the two pilots in charge of the Northwest Airlines flight that overshot the Minneapolis airport by 150 miles last week.

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Feds interview NWA pilots, everyone still waiting for an answer

    One of the pilots said they were not asleep and no argument took place. So seriously guys... What happened?

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2007

    RoboCop: Is the St. Paul Police Federation breaking the law?

    In recent weeks hundreds of St. Paul residents have been receiving phone calls from St. Paul Police Federation president Dave Titus. The calls are targeted at voters in wards one, five, and six--the three most hotly contested city council races.

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2006

    4/3: Morning Communique

    Antimissile systems for commercial airliners, using testicle cells in stem cell research, a brief history of the vacuum cleaner, Three 6 Mafia and Paris Hilton hook up, the Minnesota Blog of the Day, and more...

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2006

    Department of Boondoggles: The Great Wall of St. Paul

    Usually when the words "boondoggle" and "Mississippi River" are uttered in the same sentence, you can bet that the phrase "U.S. Army Corps of Engineers" will follow in short order. As has been well-documented, the Corps loves to pour tons of concrete (and billions of dollars) into the Mississippi fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    Flying Blind

    Yesterday, a sobering government report was released that should make all airline passengers cross their fingers as they lift off and land during the holiday rush. The U.S. Department of Transportation inspected noncertified repair centers operated by six different airlines, including on-site visits ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2005

    Dazzle 'Em with Details

    A statement from Northwest Airlines in today's Star Tribune takes the paper to task. It's looooong on details and technical jargon and probably intended to look like a laundry list of errors made by the reporters, but to be so dull and impenetrable that most readers won't absorb anything other than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2005

    Winging It

    DC-9 engine shoots flames; takeoff aborted The Associated Press reports that a Northwest flight from Minneapolis to Minot returned to the gate this morning after an aborted takeoff. "It was basically just an engine failure," airport spokesman Pat Hogan explained, in what might turn out to be the un ... More >>

  • News

    April 20, 2005

    How Northwest hijacked Minnesota

    Fewer jobs. More debt. And more outsourcing.

  • News

    January 8, 2003

    Whistle Stop

    Did Northwest Airlines try to muzzle a whistleblower?

  • News

    January 9, 2002

    Data Man

    When state legislators weigh privacy rights against the public's right to know, they call Don Gemberling: Big Brother's Big Brother

  • Books

    September 19, 2001

    Terrorism Today

    A primer on avoiding yesterday's war

  • Music

    June 6, 2001
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    June 21, 2000
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    February 2, 2000

    Stop That Train!

    Light-rail boosters insist their multimillion-dollar project is finally leaving the station. But first Shoreview legislator Phil Krinkie has a few questions about inflated budgets, bid rigging, and some mysterious memos.

  • News

    October 27, 1999

    Rocket Man

    Ky Michaelson has gone 180 mph on a snowmobile, hurled men off tall buildings, and blown tons of metal into the stratosphere. Are you ready for the biggest stunt of all?

  • News

    July 8, 1998


    Will the Twin Cities' light rail megaproject get any cars off the streets? Help the environment? Save any money? Not necessarily, say its supporters--but that's not the point.

  • Feature

    July 1, 1998

    Sky Captains

    Forget the adventure and romance, say two gay pilots. Flying is often just a job

  • News

    November 12, 1997

    Hush Job

    Special "hush kits" make airplanes quieter. Do they also make them more dangerous?

  • News

    March 19, 1997
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    June 26, 1996

    Caveat Flier

    How safe is it to fly on Northwest or other U.S. airlines? Don't ask the FAA.