The Obama Administration is picking Deborah Hersman to lead the
National Transportation Safety Board... a move (like the choice of
Babbitt for the FAA Admin) that is expected to gain great favor
with organized labor, especially with the additional announcement
renominating former airline union executive Harry Hoglander to a
new term on the National Mediation Board.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (pictured below) and FAA
Administrator Randy Babbitt announced Tuesday that they have
ordered FAA inspectors to immediately focus inspection on training
programs to ensure that regional airlines are complying with
Find Helps Narrow Search For Voice And Data Recorders
Search crews have recovered a section of the vertical stabilizer
from Air France flight 447, which broke up over the Atlantic Ocean
last week after apparently penetrating a violent thunderstorm.
Authorities say the find could provide clues as to why the airliner
broke up in flight, and narrow the search for the Airbus A330's
cockpit voice and data recorders.
The first day of testimony in the NTSB hearing on US Airways
Flight 1549, which ditched in the Hudson River in January, brought
praise for the crew of the aircraft, as well as harrowing stories
from the passengers.
There's an old saying in aviation that "a bird in the prop will
cause the airplane to stop." Bird strikes have always been a
cause for concern in the aviation industry, and one of the topics
scheduled to be reviewed at this week's NTSB hearing on US Airways
Flight 1549 is developments in technologies such as radar for bird
tracking at airports.
When American Airlines Flight 63 departs Paris for Miami at 10
a.m. local time on Thursday, June 11, it will embark upon a journey
to prove that trans-Atlantic flights can be operated a bit greener
Saying the company is in a "fight for survival", British Airways
Chief Executive Willie Walsh has said he will seek across-the-board
pay cuts from employees, including pilots. Management planned
meetings this week with BALPA, the union which represents BA's
International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC), Airbus and Boeing's
biggest customer, said it will increase aircraft orders between 20
percent and 30 percent within the next 12 months to 18 months,
Chief Executive Officer Steven Udvar-Hazy said in an interview in
Kuala Lumpur on Monday. The boost is due to increasing demand from
airlines to replace older models.
The world's largest maker of jet engines says the air travel
slump and fewer orders for new aircraft will cut its orders by 50
percent in the coming year. Jack Lutze, vice-president of sales for
Europe and Africa, told Reuters on Tuesday some deferrals were
likely for next year's deliveries but only a few cancellations, a
sign that more airlines are likely to postpone plane buying in the