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Archive | May, 2008

Agency Accuses Airline of Sloppy Maintenance While Sidestepping Its Own Safety Oversight Shortcoming

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 — David Evans

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The recent groundings of hundreds of airliners for inspections raises serious questions about federal oversight (see Aviation Safety & Security Digest, ‘Committee Vows to Legislate Changes to Strengthen Oversight of Airlines’). The perception given by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is that the agency is on top of safety issues and has acted with alacrity […]

Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 — David Evans

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The Federal Register is packed with the very antithesis of boring reading and is full of interesting – if not scandalous – tidbits regarding various air safety issues. Three of the more engaging and far-reaching documents are briefed in the latest Significant Regulatory table contained in this publication: 9 March 2008: the Environmental Protection Agency […]

Accidents & Incidents 05/14

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 — David Evans

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ACCIDENTS & INCIDENTS (15 April 2008 – 14 May 2008) Airline, Corporate, & AeroMedevac Date/Location Aircraft Type/ Reg Narrative Casualties Comments 15 April Pueblo, CO Airbus A320-200; Reg: N497UA; United Airlines Aircraft reportedly experienced severe turbulence approximately 50 nautical miles west of Pueblo, Colorado, during cruise at FL360, and returned to Denver International Airport (DEN), […]

Oversight of Parts Manufacturers Comes Under Withering Scrutiny

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 — David Evans

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A 26 February 2008 report by the Department of Transportation Inspector General (DOT/IG) seems to indicate that a greater number of airplane parts are being made by cheaper suppliers overseas, without much supervision from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The report is consistent with other DOT/IG findings about maintenance, where FAA oversight, particularly of maintenance […]

Chance for Valuable Insights Into Safety Issues Lost

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 — David Evans

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Premature burial of an air-safety survey means an opportunity is being lost to better understand safety trends at a time when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is being accused in Congress of being too cozy with the airlines it is required to regulate. Although not expressed this bluntly, that is the central conclusion that can […]

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