The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "Aviation Safety Reporting System" ...
"Eight years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, there are critical gaps in the nation's aviation security system, a Consumer Reports investigation found."
The Atlantic Monthly reports on the nation's air-traffic-control system. "For all the reports of equipment failures and "close calls" and controller burnout, the nation's air-traffic control system is in fact far less precarious, in terms of safety, than people imagine it to be. The real threat to the system's integrity has as yet received little attention.... Renegade slowdowns deliver a clear threat within the agency, yet a threat so technical that it remains invisible to the outside world." The story finds that "many of the public concerns about air-traffic control -- that the equipment is dangerously old, that safety is compromised, that poorly monitored aircraft threaten to collide in midair -- are largely unwarranted."
The Goldsmith Prize awards a $25,000 annual prize for reporting that best promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics. The five finalists for 1996 were "The F.A.A., USAir and the ATR Turbo Prop Planes," "Military Secrets," "Prisoners On Payroll," "Honduras," "Who Owns The Law? West Publishing and the Courts," and "Profits From Pain." The stories come from the New York Times, Dayton Daily News, Baltimore Sun, Minneapolis Star Tribune and Sun-Sentinel.
Tags: Goldsmith Prize; Federal Aviation Administration; airplane safety; air traffic control; airplane inspection; airplane accidents; military secrets; sexual assault; military judicial system; Tailhook; military pay; Honduras; CIA; West Publishing; judicial bribes; Supreme Court; judicial ethics; HMOs
The Wall Street Journal reports that "Incomplete incident reports allow patterns to escape the agency's attention..A string of engine failures... Backed by powerful computers, mountains of data and a small army of inspectors, the Federal Aviation Administration is supposed to spot and investigate ... patterns...To detect such trouble, the FAA increasingly relies on computers and databases of incident reports file by the carriers. But a review of those pivotal incident reports by the Wall Street Journal indicates that many are entered into the system with crucial data missing, and some are miscoded."
The series is a result of a two month review of federal air safety documents in the Aviation Safety Reporting System or ASRS. The documents are part of a system that is little known outside of aviation circles. It allows anyone involved in flying to anonymously and confidentially report incidents, accidents or problems they witness or are involved in. We reviewed 2000 such reports on Pittsburgh International Airport, dating back to 1988. The review revealed many incidents and even accidents that the public never heard about. The investigation also uncovered a pattern of problems with runway and taxiway signs at the airport that have led to near miss incidents on the ground. The investigation also revealed an alarming number of accidents between planes and ground vehicles in the terminal parking area.
Aviation Week & Space Technology reports on the problem of counterfeit airplane parts that make their way into the nation's airlines, posing life-threatening safety hazards for travelers; exposes abuses in the decades - old parts approval system and reports on subpoenas of 24 U.S. airlines in counterfeit probe of a New York company that coats jet engine turbine blades, January - December 1992.