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  • Flying Too High

    "1 in 300 small planes are involved in fatal accidents each year." In 1999 there were almost double the number of deaths as there were fatal accidents, meaning that unsafe pilots are putting more than just themselves at risk. Small airline lobbying group Airline Owners and Pilots Association would like to keep out government regulation of this area though. They are also resiting fees for general aviation pilots that are currently subsidized by fees from commercial travelers. The article presents an in-depth discussion of the issue of increasing regulation for general aviation, a group that is largely constituted by the affluent and by business.
  • Flying Blind

    The Star Ledger does an investigative story on how air traffic control problems at Newark International Airport lead to chaos in the skies. The Star Ledger found that FAA is having trouble keeping the air traffic control facilities fully staffed and has to deal with equipment that has exceeded its expected operational life.
  • Flight Check: The ups and downs of flying Peoria

    This three-day series of reports details the activities at Peoria's airport in which a team of reporters, graphic reporters, photographers and others followed pilots on their daily routes. This series gave readers an idea of what goes on at the airport on a daily basis.
  • Flying Fever

    Doctors learned of the presence of the mosquito-borne West Nile encephalitis when crows and captive birds in the Bronx Zoo began dying. But identifying the malady and treating the cause were difficult, because there is but a handful of experts in mosquito-borne diseases in the U.S. To combat the outbreak in the Bronx and Queens, health officials sprayed Malathion to kill flying bugs but no move was made to eradicate breeding areas.
  • 1999 IRE National Conference Show and Tell Tape #6

    1999 IRE National Conference (Kansas City) Show and Tell Tape #6 is the sixth of a nine-part series. This tape includes: 1.) Julie Nazzario (Fox-Milwaukee) Investigation uncovers the small sentences handed to child murderers in a town where a man gets 8 years for torturing animals. 2.) Kimberly Lohman (WYFF - Greenville, Asheville, Spartanburg) "Looking for Dad" A student photographer takes a picture of an old man and it ends up on an Internet site. Across the country, in Seattle, a woman recognizes the name and photo of her dad, a man for whom she's spent years searching. The story includes an interview with the woman from Seattle, and the photographer takes Kimberly back to where the picture was taken. Now the community is trying to help the woman find her 90-year-old father before he dies. 3.) Herb Weisbaum (CBS News) Herb runs a rather humorous test of personal bug zappers. These devices give off a high-pitched whine that's supposed to send mosquitoes flying away. Herb takes the units to the real-world laboratory of Minnesota and asks campers to try them out. They fail miserably and provide great video and soundbites. 4.) Mike Luery (KCRA-Sacramento) a. Unclaimed property. b. How one person stopped telemarketers by winning damages from a lawsuit. 5.) Tim Minton (WNBC-New York City) Federal judges in conflict of interest..deciding cases that involve companies in which they own stock. 6.) Michael Finney (KGO-San Francisco) Finney uses two stores to demonstrate how easily people will give away personal information such as social security number, mother's maiden name and signatures. By setting up fake sweepstakes and a bogus survey... Finney gets people to give up this info. He then shows them what just happened. If the scams had really been happening, these people could have lost control of their credit cards and phone bills, to cite just a few examples. 7.) Jim Strickland (WSB-Atlanta) Finding confidential patient information in the garbage. 8.) Sandra Chapman (WISH-Indianapolis) Food stamps fro sale at used car lots.
  • The price of a good intention

    Television comedian Dave Coulier's non-profit Coulier Foundation gave only 13 percent of the money it raised to charities. The rest of the money was spent on celebrity friends of Coulier's who appeared in his hockey game or golf tournament. One telling expense: a $160 charge for flying Coulier's dog to Detroit.
  • Flying into pockets of pain: How hub airports keep fares high

    A USA Today analysis of 17.3 million airline tickets purchased at hub airports finds growing monopolies have led to steeper prices, with hub fliers paying fare increases three times as high as all fliers.
  • Not Dead Yet: Eastern Air Lines 1929-1991

    The Miami Daily Business Review article claims the bankrupt carrier Eastern Airlines, which stopped flying in 1991, is acting like an investment banker, sinking millions into high-risk start-ups while insdiders benefit. For example, one of the investments, Pan Am World Airways failed. Some creditors who settled claims on the "cheap" are crying foul. In other words, instead of money going to pension plans, employment and profit opportunities are only happening for well-connected former Eastern executives.
  • Easy 01 has an Emergency

    On February 3, 1998, Marine Corps pilot Richard Ashby accidentally clipped two ski-lift cables with the jet he was flying. 20 people were killed. Marine Corps prosecutors, who believe the crew may have been joy riding, want to hold Ashby and his navigator, Joseph Schweitzer, criminally responsible.
  • 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.