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  • Air Traffic Controllers Demand Investigation of FAA [blacks criticize affirmative action]

    07/06/2015 4:25:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 26 replies
    Fox Businesses ^ | May 29, 2015 | Adam Shapiro
    The National Air Traffic Controllers Association, NATCA, has called for an investigation of the FAA’s hiring practices following the FOX Business investigation “Trouble in the Skies” first telecast on May 20th. A just released statement from the union which represents the nation’s air traffic controllers says, “NATCA believes these allegations must be thoroughly investigated. The FAA should carefully examine its hiring practices to ensure the highest quality candidates are selected for the training process. The flying public deserves nothing less.” FOX Business uncovered cheating on a key exam to become an air traffic controller as well as serious questions about...
  • Shortage of air traffic controllers is growing

    12/15/2015 1:45:51 PM PST · by george76 · 21 replies
    KDVR ^ | December 10, 2015
    Air traffic controllers are well paid, averaging $136,000 per year. However you have to be under 31-year-old to start, training takes years. ... A major part of the problem is the FAA changed the way it hires controllers about two years ago. They have recently been hiring more of them off the street, instead of candidates with military or college aviation training. Now many of them don't make it through training.
  • D.C., New York area airports put flights on hold [problems with air traffic control]

    08/15/2015 10:37:28 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 15, 2015 | Lynh Bui
    Washington area airports and others along the East Coast are reporting flight delays due to an issue with the system that routes air traffic, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control Web site. “The FAA is diagnosing an automation problem at an air traffic center in Leesburg, Va.,” according to a statement from the agency. “Some flights into and out of the New York and Washington, DC metro area airports area may be delayed.”
  • Affirmative Action Applied to Air Traffic Controllers

    06/11/2015 3:10:52 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 60 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | June 9, 2015 | Dave Blount
    How far will our ideologically demented ruling class push Affirmative Action before people start pushing back? Already it has played a role in destroying our schools, with a liberal judge actually abolishing aptitude tests on the grounds that blacks don’t score as well. But apparently people don’t think it matters whether teachers have any qualifications other than skin color. If being black can get you into the White House, why not a classroom? Maybe airliners crashing into each other will wake people up:
  • Trouble in the Skies

    05/21/2015 12:44:39 PM PDT · by ComputerGuy · 20 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 5/21/2015 | Adam Shapiro
    Trouble in the Skies Adam Shapiro FOX Business' "Trouble in the Skies," a six month investigation of the FAA’s new hiring practices, uncovered changes that may put the nation’s flying public at risk as well as allegations that the newest air traffic control recruits had access to answers on a key test that helped them gain jobs with the FAA. snip... Also uncovered was an FAA effort to promote diversity that discarded 3000 qualified college graduates with degrees in air traffic control despite their following FAA procedure and obtaining FAA accredited degrees.
  • How Air-Traffic Controllers Sound When They Have to Close the Airport [LaGuardia]

    03/07/2015 8:23:06 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    The Atlantic via Government Executive ^ | March 5, 2015 | James Fallows
    It's obviously good news that no one appears to have been hurt when a Delta Air Lines flight skidded off a runway this morning at LaGuardia airport. Here's an aspect of the whole process I find enlightening: Reader and aviation buff Ari Ofsevit sent a link to the LiveAtc.net recording of transmissions from the LaGuardia control tower while the episode was underway. It's not embeddable, but you can listen to an MP3 of the recording if you click here. A listener's guide to what you'll hear:
  • FAA changes hiring practices for air traffic controllers (Increase Diversity by eliminating Tests)

    06/03/2014 4:42:33 PM PDT · by equalator · 59 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 6-2-2014 | John Ferrugia, Catherine Shelley
    'We've engineered the biographical questionnaire in a way that we think will promote diversity.'" The initial hurdle for all applicants was based solely on a new, online biographical questionnaire that gave test takers instant results. "It didn't ask me anything about my college experience, my grades, my scores, (and) my ability for the actual job. It asked me what sports I played in high school. What was my least favorite subject in high school. Nothing related to aviation," remembered Meryhew
  • Air China 981 vs JFK ground control (Audio)

    05/29/2014 8:58:37 AM PDT · by Signalman · 38 replies
    LiveLeak.com ^ | 4/11/2014 | LiveLeak.com
  • NATCA Says ATC Hiring Scheme Needs Tweaking

    05/20/2014 5:17:03 PM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 11 replies
    AvWeb ^ | May 17, 2014 | Russ Niles
    The National Air Traffic Controllers Association is suggesting the FAA rethink its new ATC hiring protocol after the first attempt netted only a fraction of the controller trainee candidates it expected. As we reported in February, the agency revised its recruitment policies in the hopes of attracting a more diverse pool of prospective controllers. More than 28,000 people applied but of those, only 2,200 passed a somewhat mysterious "biographical questionnaire" to advance to the next selection level. NATCA says the FAA was hoping for 30 percent to pass the questionnaire phase. Among those who failed the questionnaire were graduates of...
  • FAA changes hiring practices for ATC, CTI students passed over for jobs despite being qualified

    05/08/2014 4:55:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    My Fox Phoenix ^ | 5/07/14 | John Hook
    **SNIP** "CTI students, much, much better. They're better trained better prepared they outperform the off the street hires," said Gilding. Anthony Foxx is the head of the Department of Transportation that oversees the FAA. This is how he described the hiring changes to Congress in March. "The FAA took an opportunity to take a broad opening of the aperture if you will to try to get a larger universe of applicants into the program," he said. "Opening the aperture", code for diversity. But just a year ago the FAA gave the CTI program a glowing review. Stating, "It is clear...
  • FAA seeks new air traffic controllers—no experience needed

    02/19/2014 1:38:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | Feb 13, 2014 8:53 PM EST | Tanita Gaither
    If you’re looking for a new career in the exciting field of aviation, the Federal Aviation Administration is now taking applications to for new air traffic controllers. The requirements for the position do not include, however, previous air traffic controller or aviation experience. The job previously sought those with military or prior aviation experience. […] The current job listing requires only United States citizenship, security clearance, a physical, fluency in English, three years of responsible work experience or a bachelor’s degree. The applicants must able to attend the FAA training academy prior to their 31st birthday and willing to locate...
  • Air traffic controller learns he's not being paid from paycheck

    10/13/2013 11:29:20 AM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 75 replies
    KTVU.COM ^ | Oct. 12, 2013 | Christien Kafton
    With the federal government shut down, air traffic controllers learned Friday that they'll be working without a paycheck until lawmakers start paying the bills again. “We have a stressful job, this just adds to it,” said 26 year veteran air traffic controller Greg Colyer. Colyer says after working an 80 hour pay period was stunned to see on his statement Friday that he had only been paid for 56 hours; right up until midnight October 1st. He's worried what will happen if the shutdown stretches through the next pay period. “In 2 weeks if congress doesn't pass a budget we're...
  • As flight delays increase, so does the finger-pointing in Washington

    04/24/2013 5:00:36 AM PDT · by Tugo · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 23, 2013 | John Whitesides
    Federal officials reported flight delays at U.S. airports for a third consecutive day on Tuesday, fueling a political blame game as Republicans and Democrats accused each other of causing the furloughs of thousands of air-traffic controllers. On Capitol Hill and at the White House, the rhetoric over across-the-board federal budget cuts known as "sequestration" became increasingly biting. Both sides tried to take political advantage - and avoid responsibility - for cuts by the Federal Aviation Administration that officials say could plague the country's aviation system during the summer travel season.
  • Canada’s Private ATC Wins Award (Canadian Air Traffic Control run by private sector)

    04/22/2013 9:55:48 AM PDT · by Signalman · 5 replies
    Cato Institute | 9/20/2010 | Tad Dehaven
    (Article is a few years old but, in light of the current labor shortages in the FAA's Air Traffic Control (ATC)system caused by the Sequestration, I think it would be a good idea to have the private sector take this over this function.) September 20, 2010 3:41PM Canada’s Private ATC Wins Award By Tad DeHaven Share Canada’s private air traffic control system, Nav Canada, recently received its second “Eagle Award” from the International Air Transport Association. The Eagle Awards “honor air navigation service providers and airports for outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, cost efficiency, and continuous improvement.” In naming Nav...
  • Controller furloughs hit LAX with 3-hour delays

    04/22/2013 1:29:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 22, 2013, 4:03 AM | (CBS/AP)
    Some passengers headed to Los Angeles International Airport were met with long delays on the first day of staffing cuts for air traffic controllers resulting from government spending reductions. The Federal Aviation administration said on its website late Sunday that a “traffic management program” was causing delays averaging more than three hours for flights arriving at LAX, reports CBS L.A. station KCBS-TV. The agency did not say how many flights were affected. …
  • Controllers Boost Giving to Democrats

    09/16/2012 1:34:04 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sep 13, 2012 | BRODY MULLINS and ANDY PASZTOR
    POLITICS Updated September 13, 2012, 9:08 p.m. ET Controllers Boost Giving to Democrats By BRODY MULLINS and ANDY PASZTOR The nation's biggest and most powerful unions are usually among the most generous givers to Democrats. This year there is a newcomer among the top ranks: the low-profile association that represents air-traffic controllers. So far this election, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, with 20,000 members, has emerged as the second-largest union donor to the major pro-Democratic super PACs. It is surpassed only by the Service Employees International Union, which has 2.1 million members. NATCA has donated $1 million to a...
  • Can the FAA Be Trusted to Fix Air Traffic Control?

    05/17/2011 6:05:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Investors.com ^ | May 17, 2011 | JOHN MERLINE
    Five years ago, a Comair flight taxied onto the wrong runway at the airport in Lexington, Ky., and crashed on takeoff, killing 49 of the 50 people aboard. It turned out that the lone air controller on duty who should have caught the mistake was operating on two hours of sleep. Two years before that, a tired controller nearly let two commercial jets collide on an LAX runway. Now, in the wake of a raft of air traffic controllers caught sleeping on the job, the Federal Aviation Administration issued new rules to combat fatigue. But this problem has dogged the...
  • Do you ever fall asleep on the job? (Controllers sleeping)

    04/18/2011 3:57:28 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 67 replies
    CNN.com ^ | April 18th, 2011 | Jay Kernis
    Do you ever fall asleep on the job? Posted by: Jay Kernis - Senior Producer ONLY ON THE BLOG: Answering today's OFF-SET questions is Billie H. Vincent, president an CEO of Aerospace Services International. --------- Based on your experience, will these changes make a difference? "And, is a controller better suited to function alertly if he/she has to work a week of straight mid-shifts, a month of these shifts - or an occasional one every other week? In addition, the FAA Administrator has announced that he will take the head of the Air Traffic Controller’s union along with him on...
  • Second child directed air traffic at JFK; 2 suspended

    03/03/2010 10:55:38 PM PST · by myknowledge · 106 replies · 1,448+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 3, 2010 | NY Post staff
    An air traffic controller thought letting a child direct planes at John F. Kennedy Airport was such a good idea last month that he did it again the next day. The Post has learned that on Feb. 17 a child was allowed to talk to two planes from the control tower. The kid on the second day is believed to be the child of the air-traffic controller. On Feb. 16, a different child directed pilots, according to audio clips. AUDIO: HEAR THE SECOND RECORDING Today, a tower controller and his supervisor were suspended. Their names weren't released. “This behavior is...
  • Little Kid Takes Over JFK Airport Control Tower

    03/03/2010 4:12:48 AM PST · by myknowledge · 58 replies · 2,271+ views
    NYC Aviation ^ | March 3, 2010 | Matt Molnar
    The FAA says it has benched an undisclosed number of air traffic controllers from their regular duties as they investigate an incident in which a young boy is heard giving instructions to departing aircraft from the JFK Airport control tower. According to a recording found on the air traffic control database at LiveATC.net, the incident happened on February 17th. At one point during the course of the child’s five transmissions, an adult male voice in the tower explains the situation to local air traffic: “This is what you get, guys, when the kids are out of school.” The pilots involved...

    08/24/2009 2:49:45 PM PDT · by SunTzuWu · 15 replies · 1,993+ views
    NTSB ^ | Aug, 17, 2009
    The National Transportation Safety Board today removed the National Air Traffic Controllers Association as a party to its investigation into the August 8 midair collision of two aircraft over the Hudson River that killed all 9 persons aboard. Under the Safety Board's procedures, organizations and agencies are invited to participate in NTSB investigations if they can provide technical expertise. At the outset of the investigation, the organizations sign an agreement to abide by NTSB party rules. Among the rules parties agree to is that they will not reveal investigative information being learned through that process, nor publicly comment on it....
  • Jokes about barbecuing a cat preceded midair crash

    08/20/2009 9:40:24 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies · 1,519+ views
    Assoc. Press ^ | 08/20/2009 | By JOAN LOWY
    WASHINGTON — Two minutes after he cleared a private plane for takeoff and a fateful flight over the Hudson River, an air traffic controller at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport was on the phone with a woman in the airport operations office, joking about barbecuing a dead cat. "We got plenty of gas in the grill?" the controller asked. "Fire up the cat." "Ooh, disgusting, augh, that thing was disgusting," the woman responded. According to a draft government transcript obtained by The Associated Press, the two continued to banter until seconds before the private plane collided with a tour helicopter over...
  • Transcript: Controller joked about barbecuing cat

    08/19/2009 6:36:12 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 20 replies · 2,038+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 8-19-2009 | JOAN LOWY
    WASHINGTON – An air traffic controller was joking on the phone about barbecuing a dead cat minutes before a small plane collided with a tour helicopter over the Hudson River, transcripts obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press show. *snip* The controller then called the woman back. "We got plenty of gas in the grill?" the controller asked. "Fire up the cat." "Ooh, disgusting, augh, that thing was disgusting," the woman responded. *snip* "Hey, Teterboro, Newark. Would you switch that guy, maybe put him on a two-twenty heading to get away from that other traffic please?" the Newark controller said. "Say...
  • FAA: Traffic Controllers Did Not Contribute To Air Crash

    08/15/2009 9:21:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 1,508+ views
    NY1 ^ | Saturday, August 15, 2009
    As federal officials investigate last week's deadly collision between a helicopter and small plane over the Hudson River, new details are emerging about the conduct of an air traffic controller in the moments before the crash. A report by the National Transportation Safety Board says a controller at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey made a phone call after clearing the single-engine Piper plane for takeoff on August 8 at 11:48 a.m. According to the Associated Press, the controller's conversation was about a dead cat that had been removed from the airport. The report says the controller then told the pilot...
  • Teterboro Air Traffic Controller Locked Himself Out for 43 Mins (3 Planes Landed)

    08/14/2009 7:30:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies · 2,430+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Fri, Aug 14, 2009 | BRIAN THOMPSON, ANDREW SIFF and HASANI GITTENS
    Three planes landed during "inconvenient" incidentAs investigators revealed that a Teterboro air traffic controller making a personal phone call initially failed to warn a small plane of aircraft in its way, NBC New York has learned the same tower involved in the fatal collision over the Hudson had another piece of bad luck recently. The FAA confirms the only controller on duty on the overnight shift at Teterboro airport back on July 5th was inadvertently locked out of the cab, or work area, for 43 minutes. "There was an inconvenience, but he took appropriate steps," said FAA spokesman Jim Peters....
  • Air traffic controller suspended, was chatting on phone with girlfriend during Hudson River crash

    08/13/2009 10:42:57 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 27 replies · 2,064+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | AUGUST 13, 2009 | BY KENNETH R. BAZINET
    The air traffic controller at Teterboro Airport was on the phone with his girlfriend during the mid-air collision over the Hudson River. His supervisor had wandered off and wasn't even in the tower. Horrified officials called their actions "unacceptable," even though they were not blamed for Saturday's crash. Both controllers - who were not immediately identified - have been suspended and will likely be fired. Crash probes by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration revealed the two controllers seriously deviated from their assignments at the time of the collision. Nine people died when a single-engine Piper...
  • FAA Could Close 20 Weather Offices

    06/04/2009 9:07:34 PM PDT · by bergmeid · 9 replies · 1,371+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 5, 2009 | Steve Vogel and Ed O'Keefe
    The federal government yesterday moved forward with a controversial proposal that would close weather offices at 20 regional air traffic control centers around the country and instead provide controllers with forecasts from two central units in Maryland and Missouri.
  • Report: Hackers broke into FAA air traffic control systems

    05/08/2009 8:27:19 AM PDT · by DFG · 21 replies · 641+ views
    CNET ^ | 05/07/09 | Elinor Mills
    Hackers have broken into the air traffic control mission-support systems of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration several times in recent years, according to an Inspector General report sent to the FAA this week. In February, hackers compromised an FAA public-facing computer and used it to gain access to personally identifiable information, such as Social Security numbers, on 48,000 current and former FAA employees, the report said. Last year, hackers took control of FAA critical network servers and could have shut them down, which would have seriously disrupted the agency's mission-support network, the report said. Hackers took over FAA computers in...
  • This is Not the Freedom Tower: Money Trumps Patriotism in the Name Change to 1 WTC

    03/27/2009 6:58:55 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 146 replies · 5,988+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 27, 2009 | Tom Topousis
    Freedom is out of fashion at Ground Zero. Once hailed as a beacon of rebirth in the aftermath of Sept. 11, the Freedom Tower has been stripped of its patriotic name -- which has been swapped out for the more marketable "One World Trade Center," Port Authority officials conceded yesterday. More than seven years after the terror attacks and amid an effort to market the tower to international tenants, sentiment gave way to practicality. "As we market the building we will ensure that the building is presented in the best possible way," said PA Chairman Anthony Coscia. "One World Trade...
  • Controller Thought Sully's Move Was "Death Sentence"

    02/24/2009 12:52:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies · 1,680+ views
    NBC New York ^ | Feb 24, 2009
    The air traffic controller who handled US Airways Flight 1549 said he thought he was hearing a death sentence when the pilot said he was ditching in New York's Hudson River. Meet some of the survivors of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 that made an emergency landing in the frigid waters of the Hudson River after a flock of birds took... Controller Patrick Harten said, "I believed at that moment I was going to be the last person to talk to anyone on that plane alive." The 10-year veteran controller publicly described his reactions to last month's miracle landing in the...
  • A New Wave of Air Traffic Controllers. Those hired in the ’80s are now retiring

    02/12/2009 4:43:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 558+ views
    AARP BULLETIN ^ | Jan 22,2009 | Carole Fleck
    Most of the nation’s air traffic controllers charged with making the friendly skies safe for millions of airline passengers won’t be in their jobs in the next few years. A generation of rookies hired in the early 1980s, after President Reagan fired more than 10,000 controllers for going on strike, is now approaching the mandatory retirement age of 56. By next year alone, about 7,000 controllers—nearly half of the workforce—will be retiring from the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a report by the General Accounting Office in 2002. Thousands more will reach retirement age within about five years. The anticipated...
  • Key ['Valentines Day'] bombing [that massacred 116] [Islamist] suspect deported from Bahrain

    08/31/2008 6:11:21 AM PDT · by Righting · 7 replies · 415+ views
    mb.com. ^ | August 30, 2008
    Key bombing suspect deported from Bahrain By ARIS R. ILAGAN & YUL MALICSE One of the alleged masterminds of a ferry bombing that killed 116 people four years ago and the Makati Valentines Day bombing in 2005 was captured in Bahrain and deported to the Philippines, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, chairman of the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC), said yesterday.

    07/14/2008 2:50:17 AM PDT · by Stoat · 30 replies · 192+ views
    The New York Post ^ | July 14, 2008 | CHUCK BENNETT
    The FAA has offered an unprecedented $100,000 bonus to air-traffic controllers throughout the country to lure them to the New York area's five understaffed radar centers - and has even begun trolling local high schools to recruit for the jobs. The FAA began its recruitment efforts in high schools and through online ads on MySpace and Craigslist because of a severe staffing shortage and lack of experience among workers at its air-control towers.   (edit) By 2011, 59 percent of all controllers will have less than five years on the job.  
  • Two Jets Pass Within 300 Feet on Runways (BWI)

    12/08/2007 6:06:52 AM PST · by RDTF · 32 replies · 182+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Dec 8, 2007 | Del Quentin Wilber
    Two commercial jets came within 300 feet of hitting each other at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport last weekend, federal aviation officials said yesterday. The incident occurred about 7:25 p.m. Sunday when a Delta Connection regional jet took off and flew over a US Airways Airbus A320 that was landing on a crossing runway, officials said. Airline representatives said there were 43 passengers on the Delta Connection jet, which is operated by Comair and was headed to Boston. There were 150 passengers on the US Airways jet, which was arriving from Phoenix. No one was hurt on either plane. The...
  • Bush to nominate acting FAA chief to be administrator

    10/24/2007 5:43:54 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies · 112+ views
    CNN ^ | October 24, 2007
    Bush to nominate acting FAA chief to be administrator * Story Highlights * Robert A. Sturgell is the acting FAA administrator * President Bush to nominate him for promotion to the permanent position * Sturgell is a lawyer and former Topgun Navy fighter pilot WASHINGTON (AP) -- A former Topgun Navy fighter pilot who went on to fly commercial jetliners is being nominated to run the Federal Aviation Administration for the next five years. Now acting FAA administrator, Robert A. Sturgell, 48, who goes by Bobby, will be nominated by President Bush for promotion by Congress to the permanent position....
  • US FAA Administrator Takes Job with Aerospace Lobby (Revolving Door)

    08/21/2007 9:30:30 PM PDT · by anymouse · 10 replies · 416+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 21, 2007
    The administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration was named chief executive of the Aerospace Industries Association on Tuesday, the top lobbying group for aerospace manufacturers. Marion Blakey's five-year term at FAA ends on Sept. 13. She will remain with the agency until that time, a spokeswoman said. Blakey will succeed John Douglass, who has led the trade organization since 1998. Blakey's successor at FAA has not been named. AIA members include Boeing Co., General Electric Co., United Technologies Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp., BAE Systems PLC and Lockheed Martin.
  • LI pilots and Brazilian air traffic controllers indicted in crash

    06/01/2007 4:28:07 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 2 replies · 386+ views
    AP ^ | June 1, 2007 | Michael Astor
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) -- A federal judge indicted two Long Island pilots and four Brazilian air traffic controllers on manslaughter-related charges Friday in Brazil's worst air disaster, court officials said. Judge Murilo Mendes accepted the charges filed by a prosecutor last week in a federal court in Sinop, a small city near the Amazon jungle site where a Boeing jetliner last year plunged into the rain forest after a collision with an executive jet. All 154 people aboard the jetliner died, while the executive jet landed safely. "Now the criminal process begins," court spokesman Fabio Paz said by...
  • Everyone Forgets [Libby's lawyers remind the first prosecution witnesses how much they've forgotten]

    01/24/2007 6:47:40 PM PST · by Gomez · 16 replies · 1,173+ views
    Slate ^ | Jan. 24, 2007 | Dahlia Lithwick
    You want a leak case? Here's a leak case: socialite-actress-producer Zeta Graff suing socialite-actress Paris Hilton for libel and slander for Hilton's alleged leak to Page Six of the New York Post. Hilton allegedly falsely reported that Graff had gone "berserk" at a London nightclub when she saw Hilton dancing to "Copacabana" with Graff's ex-boyfriend Paris Latsis. Hilton allegedly also reported that Graff tried to rip a $4 million diamond necklace off Hilton's neck, and that Graff, according to Hilton, is allegedly "a woman who is older and losing her looks, and she's alone. She's very unhappy." Graff is in...
  • Outage in air traffic system in Miami

    12/05/2006 3:08:07 PM PST · by narby · 6 replies · 430+ views
    cnews ^ | 12-5-06
    A computerized air traffic system experienced a temporary outage in South Florida, forcing controllers to ground some flights and resulting in at least four instances in which planes almost came too close together, officials said Tuesday. Monday’s outage affecting the Miami Center radar complex lasted about an hour, but a backup system was activated and flights in the air were not in danger, said Kathleen Bergen, a Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman in Atlanta. “There was never a loss of communication with flights and controllers did not lose their radar displays,” Bergen said. Still, the outage caused confusion and tension among...
  • Many small mistakes may have doomed jet

    09/02/2006 3:03:33 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 135 replies · 2,726+ views
    AP via Herald News Daily ^ | 9-2-06 | JEFFREY McMURRAY
    LEXINGTON, Ky. - What is known is that a string of mistakes preceded the deadly crash of Comair Flight 5191, but what is less clear is which one was the crucial turning point. Was the problem the airport itself? The captain had to follow an unfamiliar taxi route that had been changed by a repaving project just a week earlier. Or, was it a decision by the tower manager to break the federal rule that two controllers should be working there at all times? Or even earlier, when the airport built intersecting runways rather than parallel ones? "It just breaks...
  • U.S. attorney adds to warning about contacting crash families (KY Plane Crash)

    08/31/2006 9:59:30 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 64 replies · 1,292+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Aug. 31, 2006 | Lexington Herald-Leader
    The U.S. attorney’s office today joined in warning attorneys that they would be fined if they violate federal law barring unsolicited communications with family members of Flight 5191 crash victims. “We are also concerned that victims’ families may be subjected in this time of grief to unsolicited, and thus improper, communications concerning the accident by attorneys and law firms seeking to obtain clients for subsequent litigation,” said U.S. Attorney Amul R. Thapar. Until 45 days after a plane crash, federal law prohibits attorneys from contacting victims’ families about possible personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. A $1,000 fine can be...
  • Kentucky controller slept only 2 hours

    08/30/2006 10:04:15 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 84 replies · 1,906+ views
    HoustonChronicle.com ^ | Wednesday, August 30, 2006 | JEFFREY McMURRAY
    LEXINGTON, Ky. — The lone air traffic controller on duty the morning Comair Flight 5191 crashed had only two hours of sleep before starting work on the overnight shift, a federal investigator said Wednesday. National Transportation Safety Board member Debbie Hersman said the controller had only nine hours off between work shifts Saturday. That was just enough to meet federal rules, which require a minimum of eight hours off between shifts, Hersman said. "He advised our team that he got approximately two hours of sleep," Hersman said. The controller, a 17-year veteran whose name has not been released publicly, worked...
  • Controller turned back as plane went down

    08/30/2006 2:59:45 AM PDT · by Clive · 35 replies · 1,363+ views
    National Post Canada & AP ^ | August 29, 2006
    LEXINGTON, Ky. --The lone air traffic controller on duty the morning Comair Flight 5191 crashed cleared the jet for takeoff, then turned his back to do some “administrative duties” as the aircraft veered down the wrong runway, a U.S. government investigator said Tuesday. Separately, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration acknowledged violating its own policies when it assigned only one controller to the Lexington tower. The commuter jet struggled to become airborne and crashed in a field before daybreak Sunday, killing 49 of the 50 people aboard, after taking off from a 1,067-metre runway, instead of an adjoining one that was...
  • Dallas Air Traffic Controller

    07/23/2006 6:35:48 AM PDT · by ruffisthudpucker · 12 replies · 1,375+ views
    email | 07/22/2006 | self
    Dallas Air Traffic Controller Dallas ATC: "Tower to Saudi Air 911 -- You are cleared to land eastbound on runway 9R." Saudi Air: "Thank you Dallas ATC. Acknowledge cleared to land on infidel's runway 9R - Allah be Praised !!" Dallas ATC: "Tower to Iran Air 822 -- You are cleared to land westbound on runway 9R." Iran Air: "Thank you Dallas ATC. We are cleared to land on infidel's runway 9R. - Allah is Great !!" Pause: Static............. Saudi Air: "DALLAS ATC! DALLAS ATC!!!" Dallas ATC: "Go ahead Saudi Air 911?" Saudi Air: "YOU HAVE CLEARED BOTH OUR AIRCRAFT...
  • Bush backs move to impose terms on air controllers

    06/06/2006 9:59:43 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 4 replies · 289+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jun 6, 2006
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House threatened on Tuesday to veto legislation that would reverse the Bush administration's decision to impose contract terms on the nation's 14,500 unionized air traffic controllers. The move put pressure on congressional Republicans not to follow one of their own, Ohio Rep. Steven LaTourette, who has proposed a measure that would send disputed aspects of the contract to binding arbitration. LaTourette's bill would change the law that permitted FAA Administrator Marion Blakey to impose contract terms after Congress opted not to intervene in the dispute during a 60-day review that ended on Monday. The unusual...

    05/02/2006 4:37:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 239+ views
    Dallas ATC: "Tower to Saudi Air 911--You are cleared to land eastbound on runway 9R." Saudi Air: "Thank you Dallas ATC. Acknowledge cleared to land on infidel's runway 9R -Allah be Praised !!" Dallas ATC "Tower to Iran Air 711--You are cleared to land westbound on runway 9R." Iran Air: "Thank you Dallas ATC. We are cleared to land on infidel's runway 9R. -Allah is Great !!" Pause: Static............. Saudi Air: "DALLAS ATC! DALLAS ATC!!!" Dallas ATC: "Go ahead Saudi Air 911?" Saudi Air: "YOU HAVE CLEARED BOTH OUR AIRCRAFT FOR THE SAME RUNWAY GOING IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS!!! WE ARE...
  • "Fair FAA" Website established

    04/18/2006 2:05:47 AM PDT · by Aeronaut · 26 replies · 858+ views
    Fair FAA Website ^ | 4-18-06 | Unknown
    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) have been engaged in contract negotiations since July 2005. The FAA is currently seeking to unilaterally impose a contract on the air traffic controllers, gutting basic principles of fairness and good faith bargaining... An imposition would further deepen the air traffic controller staffing crisis. "The bi-partisan FAA Fair Labor Management Dispute Resolution Act of 2006”, would ensure fairness and accountability by creating a three-step process... More info at Fair FAA
  • Three Planes Cleared For Same LAX Runway Avoid Crash

    02/22/2006 12:32:34 PM PST · by Westlander · 63 replies · 2,128+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | February 22, 2006 | AP
    LOS ANGELES -- Federal investigators are trying to figure out why an air traffic controller directed three planes onto the same runway at Los Angeles International Airport last week. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said, "It was pretty close."
  • ATC launches new weapon to support Wing

    01/03/2006 3:10:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 424+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 3, 2005 | Cpl. Micah Snead
    AL ASAD, Iraq (Jan. 3, 2006) -- Marines are blazing new trails for an expeditionary Air Traffic Control detachment in Al Asad, Iraq. The detachment, primarily based out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., is a mix of Marines from Marine Air Control Squadron 1, based at MCAS Yuma, MACS-2, based at MCAS Cherry Point, N.C., and MACS-24, a reserve squadron based at Ft. Worth, Texas. The detachment recently expanded its role from controlling aircraft in and around Al Asad, to broadcasting information via pictures across western Iraq. A Joint Interface Control Cell team from Al Udeid, Qatar, helped...
  • Man Kills Air Traffic Controller After Family Dies In Crash (Switzerland)

    10/27/2005 5:05:05 AM PDT · by robowombat · 7 replies · 584+ views
    AP ^ | October 26, 2005
    Man Kills Air Traffic Controller After Family Dies In Crash POSTED: 2:42 pm EDT October 26, 2005 ZURICH, Switzerland -- A Russian architect whose family died when two planes collided acknowledged in court Tuesday that he later killed the air traffic controller who had been on duty, but said he could not remember doing it. Vitaly Kaloyev said he never wanted to cause physical suffering to anybody and only sought an apology from the head of the air navigation service Skyguide, whom he called the "main culprit" in the July 1, 2002, air crash that killed his wife and children....