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This Day in FAA History: May 27th

Full FAA Chronology at this link. 19460527: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Causby v. United States that flights over private land represent the taking of an air easement if they are “so low and so frequent as to be a direct and immediate interference with the enjoyment and use of the land.” Causby owned […]

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This Day in FAA History: May 26th

Full FAA Chronology at this link. 19610526: FAA Administrator Halaby disclosed his intention to decentralize the agency’s operational responsibilities and broaden the authority of regional executives. He selected FAA’s Region One, with Headquarters in New York, for the pilot program, and chose Oscar Bakke, head of the Bureau of Flight Standards, to develop the program […]

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This Day in FAA History: May 18th

Full FAA Chronology at this link. 19490518: New York’s first helicopter station began operating at pier 41 on the East River. 19510518: Charles F. Horne became Administrator of Civil Aeronautics. He succeeded Donald W. Nyrop (see October 4, 1950), who became Chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board on this same day. (Nyrop had submitted his […]

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This Day in FAA History: May 16th

Full FAA Chronology at this link. 19280516: Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) came into being. Backed by powerful financial groups that allied manufacturers with operating airlines, TAT was unusual for its time in giving priority to passenger service rather than mail. The airline was popularly known as the “Lindbergh Line” because of its association with the […]

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This Day in FAA History: May 9th

Full FAA Chronology at this link. 19290509: An Interdepartmental Committee on Airways was established to study and pass on applications for extension of civil airways in the United States. Totaling six members, the committee consisted of three representatives each from the Post Office and Commerce Departments. 19360509: The German rigid airship Hindenburg moored at Lakehurst, […]

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This Day in FAA History: May 8th

Full FAA Chronology at this link. 19450508: President Truman proclaimed the end of the war in Europe. 19460508: The Bell Aircraft Corporation’s Model 47 became the first helicopter to receive a CAA airworthiness type certificate, authorizing mass production. 19670508: The prevailing preference for flying rather than sailing among transoceanic travelers was pointedly emphasized as the […]

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This Day in FAA History: April 8th

Full FAA Chronology at this link. 19470408: American Overseas Airlines obtained rights for commercial service to Finland, the first U.S. route to the Soviet sphere in Europe. 19590408: CAB ruled that foreign airlines could not carry commercial traffic moving only between U.S. cities. Consistent with U.S. international commitments, the ruling was viewed as strengthening the […]

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This Day in FAA History: March 31st

Full FAA Chronology at this link. 19310331: A Fokker F-10A operated by Transcontinental and Western Air (TWA) crashed near Bazaar, Kans. The accident killed all eight persons aboard, including Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. After an investigation disclosed defective wing construction, the Aeronautics Branch took the F-10A out of passenger service on May 4. […]

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This Day in FAA History: March10th

Full FAA Chronology at this link. 19340310: President Roosevelt ordered temporary curtailment of air mail service by the Army Air Corps (see February 9, 1934) after accidents had taken the lives of ten Army fliers, four on the mail routes and six in related flying (training exercises and ferrying personnel). On March 19, the Air […]

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This Day in FAA History: March 6th

Full FAA Chronology at this link. 19650306: A Navy Sikorsky SH-3A made the first helicopter nonstop flight across the North American continent, covering 2,116-miles in 15 hours 52 minutes. The helicopter flew from an aircraft carrier at San Diego, Calif., to another carrier at Mayport, Fla. 19720306: FAA announced the establishment of an FAA-Industry Area […]