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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.
  • Death by Chopper; High-flying crime

    Seattle Weekly investigates fair-business law violations by Boeing, the world's biggest plane maker. The first story reveals that the corporation was accused of hiding flawed parts on U.S. military choppers, which the government says led to at least one fatal crash. The second story summarizes the claims against Boeing over the last two decades: illegally selling technology to overseas companies, trafficking, involvement in a major military contract-procurement scandal, bribery, and breach of supply contracts. "Boeing's latest fine sends its corporate rap sheet soaring to $100 million in the last three years," Anderson reports. Though the company has admitted some of its export law violations, it claims that "it's a mistake to think of Boeing and corruption in the same sentence," according to a quote by the vice-president of the corporation.
  • Air and Water: FAA Tests Put Cloud Over Cessna's Revival Of Single-Engine Line

    The Wall Street Journal looks at the reasons for the recent accidents with Cessna planes, and cites the results from an investigation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The story reveals that even if pilots performed the preflight procedures specified by Cessna, some water may remain in fuel tanks and pose safety hazards. The reporter follows the debate between FAA and Cessna's management about how "to remedy the apparent fuel-tank flaws" through specific design changes.
  • Grounded

    Capable of hovering like a helicopter and flying like an airplane, the V-22 Osprey was a dream aircraft for military missions. But a succession of crashes, an anonymous video tape, and falsified maintenance records indicate that the V-22 has design flaws. Story here is Part One only of a two-part series
  • Fear of Flying: Disabled Travelers Say Discrimination is Still a Problem at Airlines

    "Discrimination against air travelers with disabilities was outlawed more than a decade ago by the Air Carrier Access Act. But complaints from disabled people have risen sharply in the past few years. Many of these travelers say airlines ignore the law, and that flying remains on the most difficult and humiliating experiences they have to face." The Wall Street Journal describes some cases of discrimination against handicapped people and reports on airline efforts to prevent it.
  • A Long Day's Journey

    "'A Long Day's' Journey investigates a significant safety issue that the aviation community has been keenly aware of for years. Fatigue is a chronic problem for pilots due to night flying, complicated schedules and weathers, mechanical and air traffic delays. Surveys show as many as 70 percent of pilots report having nodded off at the throttle during flight."
  • 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."
  • Hide and Seek

    "The story detailed how one of Dallas' highest-flying '80s real estate developers was able to preserve much of his fortune for his return from a stint in federal prison. It recounted how an enterprising collecting agency, posing as Swiss bankers interested in a deal, lured Lou Reese to a Milan hotel. There, he talked at length about he was able to outfox the U.S. government and his creditors by stashing his fortune abroad and in trusts for his wife and children."
  • Airline Regulators Fret Over Several Breakups Of GE Jet Engines

    The Journal writes about the engine failures in DC-10 aircraft. Most of the failures involved a disintegration of the engine with shards of metal flying about. The engines were CF-6 engines made by General Electric Co and the story further states the efforts GE is making to avert any more jet-engine breakups.
  • The Little Engine that Couldn't

    Pearson examines Amtrak and questions if it could "finally become a viable alternative to flying in the Northeast."