Andy Pasztor, Wall Street Journal

Andy Pasztor

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Past articles by Andy:

FAA Increases Reviews of Midair-Collision Warnings for Commercial Flights

Federal officials and industry experts don’t see imminent risks to passengers but are studying airborne close calls near several busy airports. → Read More

Can Hospitals Learn About Safety From Airlines?

A new proposal for a National Patient Safety Board aims to reduce medical errors by using strategies that have almost eliminated fatal airplane crashes. → Read More

The Airline Safety Revolution

No commercial airline in the U.S. has had a fatal crash since 2009. Here’s the story of the industry insiders who came together to build new systems and to allay the worst fears of air travelers. → Read More

NTSB Probes Runway Steering Issues With High-End Piper Private Planes

U.S. crash investigators are examining half a dozen accidents in which private turboprop planes built by Piper Aircraft experienced difficulties with steering on runways after touchdowns. → Read More

Forget Self-Driving Cars—the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers and Jets

The U.S. military’s automation push is outpacing commercial efforts in the air, on land and underwater as officials seek to counter adversaries’ advances with technology that could later find civilian uses. → Read More

Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crashed Because Pilot Flew Into Clouds, Against Guidelines

The NTSB said the pilot failed to follow federal flight rules and violated his own training by commanding the helicopter to dart through a thick cloud bank. → Read More

Rough Landing Expected for the Glut of New Small-Rocket Makers

Companies and entrepreneurs world-wide are working on more than 100 new small-rocket ventures, but industry officials anticipate a shakeout eventually may leave just a handful of survivors. → Read More

Pentagon, NASA Knock Down Barriers Impeding Joint Space Projects

The growing collaboration between civilian and military projects—once rare—comes as threats from Russia and China grow. → Read More

NASA Mulls A New Deep-Space Rocket Test Despite Technical Concerns

Retesting the booster’s engines could further delay the Space Launch System program, which on Saturday suffered another setback. → Read More

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit Reaches Space With Unconventional Rocket-Launch System

The startup deployed tiny satellites into orbit in a successful demonstration flight. → Read More

Boeing to Pay $25 Million in Drone Settlement

Boeing’s drone unit has agreed to pay $25 million to settle civil-fraud allegations that it overcharged on more than half a dozen contracts signed with the U.S. Navy and special forces between 2009 and 2017. → Read More

Authorities Probe Threat of Attack on U.S. Capitol

The message was broadcast on an air-traffic control channel and indicated the motivation was to avenge the U.S. government’s 2020 assassination of a prominent Iranian military leader. → Read More

FAA Issues Long-Anticipated Rules for Commercial Drones

U.S. regulators established industrywide requirements for remote identification of drones, along with new safeguards for flights over populated areas and at night. → Read More

FAA Chief Had Helped Delta Retaliate Against Whistleblower, Administrative Judge Rules

The carrier used a psychological evaluation to ground and intimidate a pilot, a Labor Department ruling determined. → Read More

Congress Poised to Raise Standards for Assessing New Airliner Designs

A year-end federal spending bill includes bipartisan provisions toughening FAA oversight of future aircraft models. → Read More

Senate Panel Rebukes FAA in Wake of Boeing 737 MAX Tragedies

A congressional panel issued a report documenting what it determined were safety-oversight lapses by the FAA, from agency intimidation of federally protected whistleblowers to lax policing of maintenance errors. → Read More

NASA Makes Blue Origin Eligible to Launch Future Missions Without Crews

Jeff Bezos and his company’s New Glenn rocket, which hasn’t yet flown, received the nod to potentially carry scientific payloads later this decade. → Read More

SpaceX’s Starship Prototype Explodes Upon Landing After Test Flight

Elon Musk’s space-transportation company blasted its Starship spacecraft nearly 8 miles high and maneuvered it back seemingly to a pinpoint landing, but then suffered a spectacular explosion as the vehicle failed to slow down before smashing into the ground. → Read More

Chuck Yeager, Pioneer of Supersonic Flight, Dies at Age 97

Chuck Yeager, a folksy, hard-living daredevil who was the first aviator to break the sound barrier and became a symbol of bravery for generations of test pilots, astronauts and average Americans, died at age 97. → Read More

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Seeks to Make Human Flights Routine With NASA Mission

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is scheduled to launch four astronauts into orbit, marking the start of regularly scheduled commercial flights intended to serve the International Space Station. → Read More