Says FAA Failed To Detect Errors At Chalks Ocean Airways
On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended
the Federal Aviation Administration take additional steps to verify
the maintenance programs of commercial aircraft operators include
stringent criteria to address recurring or systemic discrepancies,
including, if necessary, further analysis of the discrepancies
through a comprehensive engineering evaluation.
No one involved is commenting publicly... but a spokesman at an
Airbus plant in Lower Saxony says representatives with Stork Fokker
and Spirit Aerospace have visited two Airbus sites in recent weeks,
apparently sizing up the German facilities for possible buyout.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association reports for the
second time in six months, a primary radar failure Sunday morning
at Cincinnati Tower (CVG) and Terminal Radar Approach Control
(TRACON), combined with what the union calls a lack of appropriate
secondary radar feeds, delayed scores of flights into and out of
the nation's 14th-busiest airport at the beginning of a morning
rush hour period.
Northwest Airlines may not be the only airline out there to have
cancelled flights lately... but it is by far the one getting the
most press. The Eagan, MN-based airline -- just two months out of
Chapter 11 -- continues to face problems with scrapped flights,
discontented pilots... and angry passengers.
Quick poll -- what would you rather travel on between the US and
Europe, a long narrowbody aircraft, or a twin-aisle widebody plane?
If you answered the latter (sorry, "in my own private Global
Express" isn't an option here) then you may be disappointed the
next time you fly Delta, Continental, and a variety of other