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  • DUI Pilots: Warning Signs Ignored

    KIRO-TV found that only a small fraction of the pilots caught for abusing alcohol or drugs were actually being monitored by federal regulators. The reporter discovered with computed assisted reporting how easy it is for these pilots to manipulate the system and avoid detection.
  • Under the Radar

    Every year the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been given a grant, which then will be distributed to airports. The question is where does this money come from and how is it spent? The answer to the first half is the commercial-airline passengers, who pay the ticket taxes which in turn becomes the grant. The second part of the question is answered by not the improvement of airline travel, but rather the private pilots who fly corporate and recreational planes.
  • Bird strike rates at U.S. Airports

    Airplanes landing and taking off at airports in Sacramento, Kansas City, and Denver have been the most liekly in the nation to hit birds , according to an NPR analysis of new data from the Federal Aviation Administration. Wildlife researchers believe they can alert birds to oncoming planes if they can come up with an appropriate visual signal, such as pulsating LED lights currently being tested.
  • Close Calls

    Complaints of near-miss, mid-air collisions from the Aviation Safety Reporting System indicate a growing number of close calls between airplanes in South Florida.
  • Dateline NBC: Inside the Cell

    Dateline NBC investigates an alleged terrorist plot to blow up a transatlantic airliner in flight using liquid explosives concealed as sports drinks. Some critics challenged the viability of the plot and the new security measures restricting liquids on airplanes. However, Dateline discovered the conspiracy was far more developed than the public had known and that plotters had received direction from individuals linked to al-Qaida's senior leadership.
  • Plastic Planes

    "Plastic Planes is a two-part investigative report that examines Boeing and Airbus's investment in high-tech, reinforced plastics called composites, for the next generation of airplanes. The entire aviation industry has banked on composites for future commercial airplane designs, primarily because these materials are lighter than aluminum - making planes more fuel efficient." The investigation reveals that "both Boeing and Airbus are adopting this material too fast to guarantee its safety."
  • Air Cargo Security

    Though it has been five years since air safety went through a reform in the wake of 9/11, the screening process of cargo loaded onto airplanes is lax, keeping passengers in danger. Screening of passengers has improved, but the cargo has been a safety afterthought. They rely on a "known" or "trusted" shipper program, which means you must "be a known shipper to send cargo on a passenger plane." This leads to security lapses as reported by CBS News.
  • Twilight of The Assassins

    "The first act of airline terrorism in the Americas was not 9/11 but thrity years ago, when seventy-three people died in the mid air bombing of a Cuban passengers plane. Now, one of the alleged masterminds lives freely in Miami, while another awaits trialon other charges in Texas. For decades, Fidel Castro (and later jaoined by Hugo Chavez) insisted that the CIA was ehind the bombing. However, the Bush administration has been loathe to release its 30 years of CIA and FBI files to finally resolve enduring suspicions.
  • Frequent flier: Gov. Rounds' use of state planes

    Gov. Mike Rounds of South Dakota uses government airplanes for both political and personal reasons. He coordinates his official business with the sport schedules of his kids as well as taking non-state employees on flights. These flights were reimbursed from a cash pool called the Governor's Fund. South Dakota, reporters discovered, was one of seven states that allow the governor to use a plane for both political and personal flights.
  • After the Crash

    Series explored recurrent problems with faulty aircraft maintenance that endangered the lives of pilots and passengers, and examined a mechanic's pattern of falsifying records to try to hide his mistakes.