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  • Federal audit blasts Denver airport land deals, says FAA gave up $71 million

    03/04/2011 8:01:52 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    ap ^ | March 3, 2011
    A scathing federal audit blasts Denver's Stapleton airport redevelopment deal, saying that the Federal Aviation Administration gave up $71 million in revenue by selling off land at the old Stapleton International Airport at less than half its value. The audit was performed by an inspector general of the Department of Transportation and released to the public on Thursday. The audit says the FAA failed to properly oversee Denver city officials as they sold off parcels after Denver International Airport replaced Stapleton in 1995.
  • Signs Of a Different Matter,North Pole Moving [Biff Buffington Reporting From Blizzard Central!!]

    01/21/2011 12:07:10 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 18 replies ^ | Friday, January 21, 2011 | Kathy Posner
    In April of 2009, the White Sox opening game was canceled due to a snowstorm. At the time I wrote a blog, “Global Warming? It’s snowing in April!!,” that wondered how the world could be warming up if the temperature were falling. Two recent stories about movement of the earth and moon seem to tie in. Snowmen protesting global warming. Courtesy of John M. NORTH POLE MOVING According to the Tampa Tribune, “A National Geographic News report described a gradual shift of the Earth's magnetic pole at nearly 40 miles a year toward Russia because of magnetic changes in the...
  • Laser incidents worry aviation officials

    12/10/2010 10:23:50 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 34 replies · 1+ views
    FOX News ^ | December 10, 2010
    Federal Aviation Administration officials are worried about a substantial increase in the number of people pointing lasers at aircraft cockpits, saying the intense light can distract and temporarily blind pilots and has caused some to relinquish control to their co-pilots or abort landings.This year, there have been more than 2,200 incidents reported to the Federal Aviation Administration, up from fewer than 300 in 2005. California, Texas and Florida have recorded the most, but the problem is widespread across the country.There hasn't been an air crash so far, but the incidents have aviation officials concerned.
  • FAA missing key data on 119,000 planes

    12/09/2010 11:39:09 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 26 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | December 10, 2010 | CHRIS HAWLEY
    NEW YORK — The Federal Aviation Administration's aircraft registry is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial planes in the U.S. — a gap the agency fears could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers. The records are in such disarray that the FAA says it is worried that criminals could buy planes without the government's knowledge, or use the registration numbers of other aircraft to evade new computer systems designed to track suspicious flights. It has ordered all aircraft owners to re-register their planes in an effort to clean up its files. About...
  • The Real TSA of the FAA

    11/22/2010 9:58:55 AM PST · by poetbdk · 11 replies ^ | 11-22-10 | Ben D. Kennedy
    In light of the TSA's new body scans and other outrageous violations of our freedom and liberty I thought everyone would enjoy this parody. For a full 8.5x11 image you can print out for flyers visit my website at: PLEASE SHARE FREELY and expose the kind of federal goverment we really have.
  • FAA panel opposes new law that requires more flying experience for pilots

    10/15/2010 12:02:19 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    Business and Law ^ | 14 Oct 10 | Surojit Chatterjee
    An advisory panel of the Federal Aviation Administration has strongly protested a new safety law passed recently by the Congress that requires airline co-pilots to have equal hours of flying experience as the captains over concerns that it could lead to higher salaries for airline pilots. To become a co-pilot, also called first officers, one needs a minimum of 250 hours of flying experience but the new law has raised the threshold to 1,500 hours or the equal number of flying experience needed to become a captain. However, the advisory panel fear the law will force airlines and companies that...
  • FAA grants Nigeria its highest air safety rating

    08/25/2010 5:33:35 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 19 replies
    SIFY Finance (AP) ^ | 08.24.10 | AP Story Monkey
    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted Nigeria its top air-safety rating Monday, a decision that allows Nigerian airlines to fly directly to the United States but does not address the nation's porous airport security.
  • Brown Bailout Provision ( Teamsters try to unionize FedX with legislation )

    07/31/2010 10:43:09 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies · 2+ views ^ | July 19, 2010 | by admin
    The following is an excerpt from a commentary in Barron’s calling for legislators to keep their “hands off competition in package delivery.” Editorial Commentary: “Tilting the Playing Field”Barron’s, July 19, 2010By Thomas G. Donlan “…FedEx is defending a piece of ground called the Railway Labor Act; UPS is trying to run a tank called the National Labor Relations Act over the FedEx position.All sides in the dispute agree that FedEx has a competitive advantage over UPS because FedEx doesn’t have a union.FedEx operates under the Railway Labor Act because it was created as an airline (it would take a Ph.D....
  • Congress OKs overhaul of airline pilot rules

    07/30/2010 9:44:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies · 3+ views
    AP ^ | July 30, 2010 | JOAN LOWY
    Congress on Friday approved far-reaching aviation safety legislation developed in response to a deadly commuter airline crash in western New York last year. Among other things, the bill would:- Boost the minimum flight experience required to be a first officer from 250 hours to 1,500 hours... The bill also extends authority for Federal Aviation Administration programs through the end of the budget year on Sept. 30. Without the extension, FAA programs other than air traffic control would shutdown on Sunday.
  • FAA: Chelsea Clinton's wedding is a no-fly zone

    07/29/2010 11:37:23 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 36 replies · 2+ views
    AP-Yahoo! ^ | July 29, 2010
    RHINEBECK, N.Y. – Chelsea Clinton's wedding along the Hudson River will be under a no-fly zone. The Federal Aviation Administration says local airspace will be restricted from 3 p.m. Saturday to 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, will wed investment banker Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday evening in Rhinebeck. That's about 90 miles north of New York City. FAA spokesman Jim Peters says Thursday that decisions to restrict air space are made in consultation with other federal agencies. He could not confirm whether the Secret Service requested this one....
  • Biden's Leno Stop Clogs LAX; Passengers Furious

    07/11/2010 5:05:15 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 108 replies · 2+ views
    The Wrap ^ | 07/10/2010 | The Wrap
    Vice President Joe Biden held up airplane traffic for hours on Friday night at Los Angeles International Airport after an appearance on Jay Leno ‘s ‘Tonight Show,’ leaving restless passengers fuming. A spokesman for the vice president said he was unaware of the FAA temporary flight restriction that stopped flights coming in, and delayed those going out. “I know we didn’t ask for anything,” Biden’s spokesman James Carney told TheWrap. “There was no sign of any stoppage. And there shouldn’t have been one.” Oh, but there was. Passengers were stuck for anywhere from 45 minutes to four hours as a...
  • FAA: no ban on registrations of foreign-owner trust aircraft

    07/02/2010 8:36:43 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 2 replies
    LANDINGS 2010 ^ | 1 July 2010 | Paul Lowe
    In response to scuttlebutt that the FAA had ceased processing aircraft registrations for foreign-owner trusts, the agency sent a letter to a group of stakeholders clarifying that it has not imposed any moratorium on the issuance of pending or future registrations involving non-citizen trusts. “The FAA Aeronautical Center is continuing its past practice of issuing opinions covering non-citizen trust in accordance with its prior practice,” FAA chief counsel David Grizzle wrote in a letter addressed to NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “We are not challenging the registration of aircraft currently registered under non-citizen trusts.” However, he said the FAA...
  • Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan

    03/17/2010 11:15:41 PM PDT · by Cindy · 31 replies · 587+ views ^ | March 16, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release March 16, 2010 Statement from the President on the National Broadband Plan America today is on the verge of a broadband-driven Internet era that will unleash innovation, create new jobs and industries, provide consumers with new powerful sources of information, enhance American safety and security, and connect communities in ways that strengthen our democracy. Just as past generations of Americans met the great infrastructure challenges of the day, such as building the Transcontinental...
  • AOPA opposes FCC rule that would outlaw 121.5 MHz ELTs

    06/25/2010 8:38:46 AM PDT · by Errant · 20 replies
    AOPA ^ | 21 June, 2010 | Sarah Brown
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) June 15 released the notice of a rule prohibiting the “certification, manufacture, importation, sale, or continued use of 121.5 MHz ELTs.” The rule would suddenly make aircraft that are in full compliance with the federal aviation regulations in violation of federal communications law. “At this time, we caution anyone against purchasing a new ELT until this issue is resolved,” said AOPA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Rob Hackman. “There’s a lot of misunderstanding at this time as to the status of this rule. As verified by the FCC, the rule has not been published in...
  • FAA under pressure to open US skies to drones

    06/14/2010 2:54:35 AM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 40 replies · 915+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 14, 2010 | JOAN LOWY
    <p>WASHINGTON– Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure's on to allow them in the skies over the United States.</p> <p>The Federal Aviation Administration has been asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry out civilian and law-enforcement functions but has been hesitant to act. Officials are worried that they might plow into airliners, cargo planes and corporate jets that zoom around at high altitudes, or helicopters and hot air balloons that fly as low as a few hundred feet off the ground.</p>
  • FAA gives up its four-year battle to move Boise Airport controllers to Salt Lake City

    06/08/2010 9:05:32 PM PDT · by Domandred · 2 replies · 12+ views
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 6/8/2010 | Joe Estrella
    The Federal Aviation Administration threw in the towel Tuesday and abandoned its plan to shift part of the Boise Airport air traffic control system to Salt Lake City. The agency began informing members of the Idaho Congressional delegation Tuesday that it was scrapping its controversial plan to move the Terminal Radar Approach Control system — or TRACON — now housed at the airport. The plan had been under fire from the the National Association of of Air Traffic Controllers Association, Idaho delegation members, Boise officials and the local aviation community since it was proposed in 2006.
  • FAA halts plane towing Tiger Woods taunts

    04/09/2010 1:26:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 52 replies · 1,736+ views
    SFGate ^ | April 9, 2010 | AP
    An airplane that towed banners taunting Tiger Woods about his sex scandal during the Masters has been ordered to stop until it undergoes minor repairs. Kathleen Bergen, an Atlanta-based spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said Friday that FAA flight safety inspectors issued the order after meeting with the plane's pilot. The single-engine Cessna made two flights near Augusta National as Woods played Thursday in the first round of the Masters, close enough that the banners could be read from the course.
  • Under-inflated tyres 'to blame for Blink-182 drummer Learjet crash'

    04/06/2010 6:56:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 492+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 06 Apr 2010
    Under-inflated tyres caused a learjet to crash killing four people and ... The National Transportation Safety Board also said a design flaw in the Learjet 60 and a decision by the flight's captain to abort takeoff in Columbia, South Carolina, were also at fault in the accident. Investigators told the board they found that operators of air charters often are not aware how rapidly the tires of some business jets can lose pressure and are not checking tire pressure frequently enough. "This accident didn't have to happen," ... The board also said the Federal Aviation Administration and Learjet Inc., a...
  • Depressed Pilots Can Fly on Medication, FAA Decides

    04/04/2010 1:57:58 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 585+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/3/2010 | Shirley S. Wang and Melanie Trottman
    The Federal Aviation Administration will let some pilots who take four popular antidepressants return to the skies, saying Friday that it is easing its long-standing ban on psychiatric medications. The old policy stemmed in part from concerns over possible side effects of psychiatric drugs, including sedation. But newer medications have fewer side effects, and pilots' associations have pressured the agency to reconsider the ban. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said some pilots with depression likely weren't being treated or were doing so in secret out of fear of losing their jobs. "We need to change the culture and remove the stigma...
  • FAA orders emergency 737 inspections

    03/13/2010 6:51:00 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 28 replies · 1,228+ views
    Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | March 13, 2010 | Unattributed
    The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered owners and operators of Boeing 737 jets to check some aircraft for loose lug bearings in the tail, according to an Emergency Airworthiness Directive issued Friday.Boeing estimates that the directive affects about 600 aircraft, which need to be inspected within 12 days. Failure of the lugs could cause vibration leading to structural failure of the horizontal fins and flaps in the tail, possibly resulting in “loss of aircraft control and structural integrity,” the agency’s directive said. Boeing issued a related service alert Friday that affected six models of 737s, the company’s biggest-selling jetliner. The...