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  • Secret Planes

    This investigation by the associated press discovers two Gulfstream jets purposely sending suspected terrorists to countries practicing techniques of tortune. This report was the first to document evidence linking these secret planes to the U.S. government and "revealed the true function of an agency buried deep in the Pentagon bureaucracy."
  • Kmart: Behind the blue light

    WXYZ-TV reports on Kmart's secret loans to some of its top executives, and various forms of misuse of corporate assets. The segment shows some of the company executives using the corporate jets for vacations or flying to the bankruptcy court.
  • Lawmakers' pet projects hitch ride with NASA

    This story investigates congressional earmarks in the NASA budget and finds some of the members of Congress who are responsible. It found that $1.7 billion had been diverted from legitimate NASA programs during the past five years to fund pet projects that included fisheries, business jets, museum exhibits and gardening studies.
  • 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.
  • Wing Commander: At Boeing, an Old Hand Provides New Tricks In Battle With Airbus

    The Wall Street Journal looks at the battle between the two major rivals in the airplane business - Boeing and Airbus. The story focuses on a "critical sales pitch at prestigious Singapore airlines" in May 2000, which ended with Singapore selecting the planes of Boeing's main rival, Airbus. The article examines the role of Joe Sutter, "the living legend in the world of big jets," in today's management of Boeing Co, and finds that he has helped Boeing to beat back the challenge posed by the new Airbus A380.
  • The Odds Are Against Starting an Airline - And Still They Try

    The Wall Street Journal examines the difficulties that small regional companies face in the aviation business. The analyses follows the story of James Swartz and John Knight who started up an airline, Great Plains Airlines Inc. without a single airplane. The reporter describes how "with tenacity and little else these two men took on majors' entrenched system." The story finds that in bidding for jets small companies can hardly compete against established carriers with proven financial track records. The analysis also reveals that only four airlines control about 66 % of the takeoff and landing slots at the Reagan National Airport, while small companies face difficulties to have slots allocated to them.
  • Got the World on a String

    Kansas City looks at the work of air traffic controllers at the Olathe Center, and reveals that they might be "just puppets or airline greed." The report finds that the controllers "may be the traffic cop in the skies, but ... [they are] ... not in charge of what happens on the ground." The story describes the stress of the job, and sheds light on the practices of random alcohol and drug testing at the traffic control center. The reporter finds that air traffic controllers "in fact are neither cops nor lords," as pilots often refuse to listen to their advice. A major finding is that controllers have a computer program that "would just make everybody fall into line," but are forced not to use it. The reason: "If such a rigid system were in place all the time, airlines couldn't pretend all those flights were leaving at 5;01 p.m."
  • Governor's Travels

    WSMT-TV's "investigation found the governor of Tennessee and his family had taken more than 50 free flights on corporately owned jets over a three-year period. These flights include a trip to a Puerto Rico resort, a trip to a golf resort in California, vacation travel to Wyoming and frequent transportation to the governor's vacation home in Florida. Companies with large state contracts donated many of the trips. The governor also spent hours in the company of lobbyists, including one lobbyist from U.S. Tobacco and another from a nursing home chain coming under scrutiny from state regulators. None of the governor's trips were ever publicly disclosed."
  • Flying Haz Mat

    "KIRO TV takes an in-depth look inside the Air Cargo industry. Hazardous, explosive materials are routinely mishandled and pilots often fly their jets despite serious mechanical problems. This investigation documents how sloppy loading, secret chemical cargo, sleeping pilots and an aging fleet of jets puts the public in danger."
  • How 2 Pacific Nations Became Oceanic Aces of Air-Traffic Control

    The Journal reveals that U.S. air traffic controllers in Oakland, Calif., who each monitor about 15 trans-Pacific flights at a time, still use strips of paper to track planes across their assigned expanse of ocean. The FAA' s technology for routing jumbo jets across open ocean - beyond the reach of radar - hasn't changed since the 1970s. The Journal says that the FAA was supposed to have updated the system long ago, but it pulled the plug on its overhaul in the late 1990s after cost overruns.