On Monday, US Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters announced
that Captain Henry P. (Hank) Krakowski has been selected to serve
as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Federal Aviation
Administration’s (FAA) air traffic organization.
Air traffic controllers at Washington Dulles International
Airport are now operating out of a new state-of-the art facility.
The FAA commissioned the new Air Traffic Control Tower recently,
about three and a half years after construction began.
Leahy: Old Plane Was Good, "This One Is Even Better"
In what may be construed as a delayed capitulation to the
inevitable, European planemaker Airbus -- which once accused Boeing
of pushing technology too far with its composite-fuselage 787
Dreamliner -- appears to have decided to follow suit, and construct
the fuselage of its own A350 XWB from carbon-fiber barrel
Alaska Airlines subsidiary Horizon Air -- brought to its
knees last week after Transport Canada mandated checks of
Bombardier Q400 main landing gear assemblies,
following two right maingear failures in three days on Scandinavian
Airlines planes -- has amended its flight schedule through
September 24 to, hopefully, ease the sting on travelers.
Union Wants To Help Pilots If They Seek Jobs Elsewhere
The Atlantic Southeast Airlines pilots' union tells ANN it will
host two job seminars in September. These won't be the standard
meet-and-greets seeking new pilot applicants, however... but rather
are intended to help ASA pilots prepare their resumes, sharpen
their interview skills and learn where the best prospects for
better employment lie, if they choose to go elsewhere.
Air show attendees in Hamburg, Germany who hoped to see Airbus'
massive A380 take to the skies Sunday, had to content themselves
instead with watching the superjumbo lumber back-and-forth along
the taxiway, after an unspecified gear malfunction scrubbed a
planned demonstration flight.
A Thai MD-82 attempting to land in heavy rain, went down Sunday
on approach to Phuket, Thailand. Carrying 130 people, the airliner
broke apart on impact, leaving losses of 87 known dead, as Sunday
came to a close.
A note from the folks that run CAPBOR (Coalition for Airline
Passengers Bill of Rights) indicates that seem to be having an
intriguing problem right now. On the eve of a major media event,
the CAPBOR blog has reportedly been hacked according to a message
that plainly states, "HELP! We've been hacked! Our blog has been
hacked and disabled."