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  • Delayed Takeoff

    Technology Review reports that "Today, five years after Congress validated this vision and the Federal Aviation Administration set out to realize it, free flight is still sitting on the runway... The idea sounded simple and intuitive, and at the same time radical: Free pilots from the rigid, circuitous routes imposed by ground-based air traffic control, and let them choose the quickest and most fuel-efficient paths around wind and weather.... For some, this retrenchment (away from free flight) marks a welcome return to reality. For others, it is a temporary obstacle to clearance for takeoff. But for some of free flight's radical devotees, it's an unconscionable retreat from an urgent and eminently feasible mission, the latest in a string of costly botches and compromises by the FAA. And since there are not alternative proposals on the table for a substantial overhauls of the air traffic control system, some experts think we're on course for a nightmare in the sky..."
  • Panorama - Die By Wire.

    As millions of British tourist prepare to fly on their sunshine holidays, Panorama reveals the explosive secrets hidden inside their planes.
  • Safety on Hold: The Hidden Dangers in Airline Cargo

    The Federal Aviation Administration has failed to control hazardous materials violations by air carriers. Hazardous cargo often travels aboard commercial as well as cargo carriers.
  • Into Thick Air

    Last year was the safest in U.S. aviation history, the first ever without a death due to an accident. But with the number of flights expected to double over the next decade, air traffic controllers warn that gridlock in the sky--already a strain on their outmoded equipment and a cause of delays--is raising the potential for disaster.
  • Air Cargo Safety

    After a terrorist bomb exploded in the cargo hold of Pam Am Flight 103 in 1988 and again after the ValueJet crash in the Florida Everglades in 1996 the Federal Aviation Administration issued stricter guidelines to ensue that dangerous cargo would not be loaded into the cargo holds of passenger planes. A WTXF-TV investigation found that the system put in place by the FAA doesn't work.
  • Wired for trouble?

    USA Today finds that half of the world's passenger jets contain electrical wire insulation that is considered unsafe by military and other wiring experts. Damaged wire insulation has led to fires and electrical equipment failure for years and may have played a role in two unsolved crashes: the recent Swissair Flight 111 accident off the coast of Nova Scotia and the explosion of TWA Flight 800 near Long Island in 1996.
  • Dangerous cargo, passengers in peril

    USA Today finds that millions of airline passengers are endangered each year by hazardous cargo that is illegally shipped, mislabeled or improperly packed. The Federal Aviation Administration rarely finds illegal shipments, and some couriers violate security regulations by accepting air cargo without knowing what's inside.
  • Dangerous airports

    WBNS looks at two Ohio airports and finds runway designs which confuse pilots, leading to mistakes that put lives in jeopardy. Cleveland's airport leads the nation in runway incursions, an instance where a plane taxis onto an active runway without permission from air traffic controllers.
  • The Plane Truth

    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.
  • Special Report: Airline Safety

    The story covers: suppression of a dissenting report detailing safety flaws within the U.S. airline industry submitted to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security, the FAA's refusal to mandate that children under two be buckled in seats despite reports of deaths and turbulence, dramatic underreporting of turbulence-related incidents/accidents aboard U.S. airlines, dangerous flaws in cabin and cockpit safety/monitoring that the FAA is not correcting.