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  • What's Wrong with the FAA

    U.S. News & World Report reports that "When passengers board an airplane, they expect the highest level of safety. In the United States, it is the Federal Aviation Administration's job to make sure they get it.... In a total of five crashes last year, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) indicated that the FAA had fallen short, either failing to enforce its own rules or siding with airlines to oppose what many pilots and passengers considered sensible reform. Commercial air travel in the United States today is safer than in most places. But a three-month U.S. News examination of the FAA's enforcement record reveals significant lapses..."
  • How Safe are Small Planes?

    U.S. News & World Report reports "Not safe enough, say critics. The numbers bear them out, and passengers often don't know in advance what they're flying...standards for planes with 30 seats or fewer often are lower than for larger aircraft...the queasy feeling that this some people flying turboprops and older piston-engine propeller aircraft isn't entirely unwarranted. Over the past five years regional airlines like American Eagle... have averaged 5.1 accidents per million departures (compared to commuter airlines at 6.6 and big carriers at 2.9)"
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    Minnesota Public Radio examines the issue of commuter airline safety snd found an unsettling inability of the Federal Aviation Administration, Northwest Airline and the airline's major partner to adequately ensure the safety of passengers. The investigation also found the commuter pilots are using a dangerous and unapproved approach during icy conditions called the "slam dunk approach" which involves a rapid descent through icy conditions to the runway; as a result of the series, the FAA increased its oversight of commuter airlines in the Northwest, Apr. 4 - 7, 1994.
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    Atlanta Journal-Constitution discloses how a former City Councilman and City Aviation Commissioner took a million dollar pay-off in a scheme to give a co-conspirator huge government contracts in a city entertainment complex and at the airport; story also reveals that several members of Atlanta's city government were involved in questionable and illegal contract considerations, January - December 1993.
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    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.
  • Jet-engine pins: how big a risk?

    Seattle Times reports on a serious safety hazard regarding Boeing jetliners and their flawed engine mounts in the wake of a cargo plane crash in Amsterdam, Dec. 27 - 31, 1992.
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    Plain Dealer (Cleveland) reveals how the Federal Aviation Administration fails to enforce licensing regulations on the crews that work on and pilot for the nation's airlines; when people are caught lying on their licensing applications by the FAA, they are given little more than a slap on the wrist, Feb. 16 - 17, 1992.
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    Plain Dealer (Cleveland) conducts a computer analysis of FAA records and its licensing system and finds it a regular practice by pilots and mechanics to lie about their work experience and credentials on FAA licenses in order to get jobs, leaving the safety of millions of air travelers at risk, Feb. 16 - 17, 1992.
  • NATIONAIR: PLANE CRASH IN MIDDLE EAST

    CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (Toronto) looks at the crash of a jet from Canada's largest charter airline, Nationair, in Saudi Arabia, killing all 247 passengers; finds the airline's safety and mechanical practices were frequently negligent, and that a government probe into the crash is being kept secret, Oct. 3, 1991.
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    Virginian-Pilot and Ledger-Star (Norfolk) investigates the bankruptcy of an aviation company that was supposedly in good financial shape; finds the chairman underbid key contracts to a dummy company that he owned, 1990.