Is it a labor tactic or a genuine concern over the amount of
time European flight crews spend in the cockpit? If it's a
true-blue safety issue, then British Airline Pilots Association
General Secretary Jim McAuslin warns, "We will be writing to
employers saying that airlines should brace themselves for
cancelled flights as pilots will not adhere to the proposed limits
if they feel they are at risk of fatigue and of jeopardizing
Airport Officials Turn Aircraft Away, Saying There's No Room To
No, sir. They just can't do it. Officials at Chicago's O'Hare
have been trying to find a way to accommodate Airbus's giant
A340-600 stretch, given the airport's older taxiway system. The
plane is too big or the taxiways or too small.
It started when Qantas mechanics found alarming cracks that
grounded two of its Boeing 747s. That prompted a warning to the
Civil Aviation Safety Authority in Australia, which has so far
received reports of similar cracks in the fuselages of more than 40
$2.5 Million In Civil Penalties For FAR Violations
The FAA wants to assess civil penalties totaling $2.5 million
against Atlantic Coast Airlines and United Airlines for allegedly
violating Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). The FAA alleges both
airlines failed to follow required maintenance actions on specific
aircraft, and further operated those aircraft when they were not in
compliance with regulations.
Stop us if you've heard this one before:
"All compounds, bases and means of transport, especially Western
and American airlines, will be a direct target for our coming
operations in the near future..."
Boeing is bullish on the Dreamliner. Speaking with the news
service Reuters during a trip to Israel, Commercial Aircraft
Marketing Director Randy Tinseth said, "We could have as many as
200 orders in 2004. We are optimistic about the opportunities this
year especially for the 7E7."