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Local News
4:18 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Charlotte Asks FAA For Final Answer On Airport Control

The City of Charlotte has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to decide who will run Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The letter comes weeks after a judge ruled in the city’s favor that a state-created commission does not have authority to take control of the airport, unless the FAA approves it.

Charlotte’s city council has run the airport for 78 years.

City attorney Bob Hagemann says the city wants a final answer.

“There has been a cloud over the airport going on two years. We think it’s time to work hard to remove that cloud,” says Hagemann.

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Sunday headlines
10:51 am
Sun March 23, 2014

FAA allows flights again on diagonal runway

Federal aviation officials have allowed Charlotte Douglas International Airport to resume daytime takeoffs and landings on its lone diagonal runway. Our news partner CorneliusNews.net reports the move could mean fewer low-flying jets – and a bit of peace and quiet -- in the area north of the airport. The FAA restricted use of Runway 23 last summer amid concerns about the safety of crossing flight paths.

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Local News
3:23 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Federal Judge Overturns FAA Drone Ban, As NC Lawmakers Consider Usage

Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

3/11/14 Update: The FAA has appealed the judge's decision to the full National Transportation Safety Board. The appeal also has the effect of staying the judge's decision.

Some unmanned flying vehicles, or drones, can be used commercially in the U.S., after a federal judge ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration cannot enforce its current policy. The agency has banned commercial drone use.

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Local News
1:17 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Concord Company Uses Drones, In A Sign Of Things To Come

A view of Uptown taken above Fifth Third Bank, by an Aerial Captures drone.
Credit Aerial Captures

Drones are most well known for their military use, but in the near future unmanned flying contraptions may dust our crops, deliver us pizza, and become another technology that fades into the background of our lives.


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Local News
1:17 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

US Airways Says 'Yes' To iPads, Phones, E-Readers Inflight

Portable electronic devices can now be used throughout flights on US Airways.
Credit usairways.com

Go ahead and keep that tablet or e-reader on during your next US Airways flight.

Beginning today, the airline that operates more than 90 percent of flights out of Charlotte Douglas International will allow use of portable electronic devices from start to finish on flights.  Cell phone calls will not be allowed in flight, but customers will no longer be chided by flight attendants to turn off and stow small devices.  Anything weighing over two pounds will still need to go overhead or under the seat during takeoff and landing. 

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Local News
4:51 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Court Punts Charlotte Airport Decision Back To Feds

Charlotte Douglas International Airport remains under city control until the FAA decides otherwise.
Credit Julie Rose

  Still more punting going on in the fight for control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport: A Superior Court judge today refused to weigh-in on questions posed by federal regulators about the nature of the commission lawmakers created to run the airport. 

As Judge Robert Ervin put it in court today: Why does the Federal Aviation Administration care what "some fool judge" thinks? "Because there's nothing to keep the FAA from looking at any declaration this court makes and saying, 'So what?'"  

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Local News
9:25 am
Tue August 27, 2013

CLT Runway Changes Prompt Noise Complaints, Higher Costs

A federal decision to limit take-off and landing on one of Charlotte Douglas International's four runways has caused a sudden decrease in the airport's capacity and a spike in noise complaints from neighborhoods to the north.  The change may also accelerate plans for a new runway.


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Local News
7:44 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Airport Board OKs $35 Million Fund To Buy Neighborhood

The area in lime green is the neighborhood the Charlotte airport plans to buy out.
Credit CLT

The Charlotte airport plans to buy out a neighborhood less than a mile south of its newest runway. There are almost 70 homes there, and the airport advisory committee agreed Thursday to budget $35 million to buy those properties.


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