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Archive | September, 2009

‘Stakeholders’ Substituted for ‘Customers’ in Dubious Agency Safety Changes

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 — David Evans

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Airlines and airplane manufacturers will no longer be called “customers” by the agency that regulates them, setting the first stage of reforming what many believe has been the Federal Aviation Agency’s (FAA) too-cozy relationship with corporate entities. Under the so-called “Customer Service Initiative” (CSI) in effect these last few years, the FAA vowed to treat […]

Portable Collision Avoidance Systems Offer Prevention of Hudson River Mid-Air

Sunday, September 20, 2009 — David Evans

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Portable Collision Avoidance Systems Offer Prevention of Hudson River Mid-Air

While Congressmen, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and accident investigators fulminate and fret over the safety of New York City airspace, a more direct response may involve a Portable Collision Avoidance System (PCAS). If the FAA were to write a PCAS specification and order its fitment onto general aviation aircraft, such an initiative could prove […]

Decision Disputed Allowing Airline to Operate With Unapproved Parts

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 — David Evans

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It is not a good thing for its credibility when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) releases a four paragraph press release and a public interest group responds with more questions (7) and more comments (2 pages) questioning the rationale for the agency’s permissiveness. One suspects here another example of the FAA’s customer service initiative at […]

Plans to Enhance New York Airspace Safety Breathlessly Announced

Friday, September 11, 2009 — David Evans

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Plans to Enhance New York Airspace Safety Breathlessly Announced

With considerable fanfare – and positive press coverage – the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced earlier this month new rules for flying in New York City airspace. One of the most significant changes, if adopted, would divide the airspace into mandatory left and right altitude corridors that would separate aircraft flying over the Hudson River […]

Accidents & Incidents 9.01.09 – 9.05.09

Thursday, September 10, 2009 — David Evans

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Accidents and incidents for the week of 1 September.

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