For the second time in as many days last week, a major incident
was narrowly averted in the skies near Chicago's O'Hare
International Airport when two commercial aircraft approaching
parallel runways violated the three-mile separation mandated by
The FAA says it happened at approximately 10:30 pm CST Wednesday
when an Air France 747 veered out of its lane, toward an American
Airlines MD-80. The two aircraft were reportedly 12 miles from the
airport. FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro says the vertical separation
between the aircraft was 500 feet. An FAA official said the Air
France plane suddenly veered toward the American MD-80, busting
horizontal separation minimums. The Air France pilot corrected and
both aircraft continued on to safe landings.
Did UPS mishandle aircraft inspections and repair work? Did
later inspections find potentially serious problems with UPS
aircraft? The FAA says no.
A UPS mechanic in Miami told the FAA a UPS supervisor ordered him
not to log repairs to the brakes of a company aircraft. Mechanics
in Philadelphia said they were reassigned to other inspections
after they refused to clear a plane that showed evidence of landing
When Boeing's board of directors meets in Chicago today, it will
decide whether the company's commercial aircraft division will
build its first new model since 1991 -- or send the Dreamliner to
sleep. Chances are, the 7E7 will get the nod.
That could pave the way for the 7E7 program's official launch in
the middle of next year. But first, Boeing needs to know, if they
build it, will they come?
As the worldwide aviation industry continues to suffer the
effects of 9/11, India, for one, is trying to do something about
it. The government in New Delhi, along with airlines in that
country, are revamping, hoping to attract more passengers and boost
"The whole aviation policy is being framed with the consumer in
mind. While the policy-making exercise is still underway, steps are
being taken to set the pace for the smooth take-off of this
industry," says one government official.