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  • Flying high - U.S. Air Force pilots on speed

    An ABC investigation reveals that, "in a little known policy, Air Force F-16 combat pilots, currently flying long night missions over Afghanistan, are being kept awake with speed - "go-pills" - amphetamines issued to them by their superior officers." The main findings are that the pilots are told to take the pills or otherwise would be found unfit for the missions; the pills -- Dexedrine -- are highly addictive and banned for use by commercial pilots and truck drivers; the FDA has not approved the drug for treatment of fatigue.
  • Airport Security

    CBS reporters, led by a former Federal Aviation Administration security team employee, test eight major airports -- JFK, LaGuardia, Baltimore, Reagan National, Atlanta, St. Louis, Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles -- for security flaws. They enter through checkpoints with lead-lined film bags where weapons could be hidden invisible to the X-ray machines. The result is the same both six months after Sept. 11 and a year after Sept. 11: In 70 percent of the cases the security personnel fails to open the lead-lined bags.
  • Anatomy of a deal: airport buys out academy

    "In a deal largely bankrolled by taxpayers and aided by an unusually generous property appraisal, county officials have agreed to buy a private school and allow it to move from an airport flight path to a county-owned site for a public park," The Palm Beach Post reports. The story is about the purchase of King's Academy campus by Palm Beach International Airport for $14.5 million. It was not a coincidence that the airport's director children attended the school. Federal Aviation Administration officials admitted they had not checked the overpriced deal.
  • Stories from FOIA Requests

    This is a collection of stories stemming from FOIA requests. According to the contest questionnaire, "in 2002, Daily Record staff members fought to dislodge non-public documents at all layers of government. The number of FOIA requests the Daily Record sent out in 2002 exceeded 300 -- to the Centers for Disease Control, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the FBI, to name a few."
  • FAA Whistleblower, American Gun, and Atta and the Mechanic

    The three stories deal with aviation security up to 9/11. The first story, FAA Whistleblower, is about the first FAA official to go on the record blaming senior officials in the agency for contributing to the situation that allowed the hijackings of 9/11. The second story, American Gun, is about an FAA memo which describes one of the hijackers aboard American Airlines flight 11 shooting another passengers. The third story, Atta and the Mechanic, is about Mohammed Atta and an American Airlines mechanic encounter several months before 9/11.
  • Uncle Sam's Not-So-Friendly Skies

    The FAA gets more attention than most other federal agencies due to the high profile nature of its work. Even with the extra attention, the FAA could do much better in regards to safety and keeping planes in the air and returning them without incident to the ground. Cook analyzes how it could improve.
  • Bumpy Ride

    The MD-11 jet passed all airworthiness tests, has flown for over a decade by several major airlines. The problem is the plane is more prone to crashing than any other modern jetliner.
  • A Greater Threat Than Terrorism?

    Lax standards for aircraft mechanics may compromise safety.
  • Did Alaska Airlines' 'can-do' ethic go too far?

    Alaska Airlines has long been admired for its bush-pilot swagger and has succeeded where other regional airlines have not. But critics say that heritage has evolved into a culture that condones sidestepping safety and maintenance regulations.
  • Clues from the swamp

    After the Everglades crash of a ValuJet plane, questions arised regarding the safety rating of the airline. Prior to the accident, the FAA's Aircraft Maintenance Division called for the review of ValuJet's license. This review never happened. The problems regarding this airline illustrate what some see as a cozy relationship between carriers and the FAA.