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Aircraft Grounded for Wiring Inspections

Monday, April 14, 2008 — David Evans

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Are FAA wiring installation standards adequate? The massive grounding of American Airlines MD-80 aircraft is over a one-inch variation in the intervals at which wiring lacing cord must be tied. However, there may be other wiring issues of greater importance. The airline has grounded this week hundreds of its MD-80 aircraft to re-inspect and if […]

Accidents & Incidents 04/14

Monday, April 14, 2008 — David Evans

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ACCIDENTS & INCIDENTS (15 March 2008 – 14 April 2008) Airline, Corporate, & AeroMedevac Date/Location Aircraft Type/ Reg Narrative Casualties Comments 25 MarchDhaka, Bangladesh Boeing 747-400Reg: TF-ARS Saudi Arabian Airlines An Air Atlanta Icelandic aircraft wet leased to Saudi Arabian Airlines, experienced a fire on the No. 3 engine pylon during the landing rollout at […]

Committee Vows to Legislate Changes to Strengthen Oversight of Airlines

Thursday, April 10, 2008 — David Evans

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Putting the flying public at risk, the relationship between airlines and regulators is too collegial – quite cozy in fact – to the detriment of safety, according to disclosures at a Congressional hearing. At a 3 April hearing of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Chairman James Oberstar (D – Minn.), vowed, “Congress should […]

The Controversy Over The Airline Safety Meltdown – What’s It All About?

Thursday, April 10, 2008 — David Evans

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By Bart Crotty There seems to be a pervasive 10-year cycle in which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seems to be both complacent and lenient regarding the oversight of airline maintenance. Let’s look at the highly publicized historical record of maintenance related disasters: American Airlines DC-10 engine separation, 1979, with a loss of 273 lives; […]

Incestuous Relationships

Thursday, April 10, 2008 — David Evans

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By James Crouse, Esq. The recent reports of coziness between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the airlines is nothing new to those of us in aviation. These reports have existed for years, and it is time that Congress and its investigative arms, such as the Government Accountability Office (GAO), do a thorough job of […]

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