March 8, 1988 |
The Federal Aviation Administration, worried about a rash of commuter airline accidents that claimed 56 lives over a recent five-month period, today announced a yearlong inspection of the commuter industry. FAA Administrator T. Allan McArtor said the inspection will cover 173 commuter airlines. Agency inspectors are planning to focus on about 20% of those carriers.
May 5, 1988 |
The Federal Aviation Administration, in response to the mid-air disintegration of an Aloha Airlines jet last week, on Wednesday expanded its special inspections of older Boeing 737 aircraft for signs of structural flaws. The inspectors will look closely at the several hundred 737s that were manufactured in part by the "cold bonding" process of joining the layers of an aircraft's metal skin. Investigators now believe use of that method may have led to cracking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1988 |
John Wayne Airport does not have cargo flights and thus could not increase passenger service if El Toro Marine Corps Air Station were opened to civilian freight carriers, airport manager George Rebella said Friday. Federal Aviation Administrator T. Allan McArtor suggested such joint use of El Toro and other military bases in an interview Thursday, citing a national shortage of "runway space" and a need to relieve several airports in the region, John Wayne among them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1988
Three new routes that other pilots can use to cross over commercial airliners traveling in and out of Los Angeles International Airport will be opened next month, Federal Aviation Administration chief T. Allan McArtor announced Monday.
October 29, 1988 |
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Friday that it plans to order an in-depth inspection of all DC-9 aircraft after uncovering cracks in three planes. The agency "uncovered a series of small cracks in three DC-9 aircraft" flown by Northwest Airlines and USAir Group Inc., FAA spokesman Bob Buckhorn said. "As a result of this finding, FAA plans to order shortly an in-depth inspection of the DC-9 fleet."
October 27, 1989 |
Federal Express pilots on Thursday overwhelmingly rejected affiliation with the Air Line Pilots Assn., but the union has challenged the results. About 35%, or 709 of the 2,022 pilots, voted in favor of the union, which needed a majority to win. The result was seen as a victory for Federal Express Chairman Fred Smith, who had campaigned hard against a union that he thought might damage management-labor relations.
October 22, 1987 |
The number of near-collision reports involving commercial aircraft jumped nearly 50% during the first nine months of this year, according to Federal Aviation Administration figures. However, there was disagreement Wednesday among aviation safety experts on the significance of the increase.
January 22, 1988 |
The Federal Aviation Administration called on airlines Thursday to avoid teaming inexperienced pilots in the cockpit, citing concern about the experience level of the pilots in the crash of a Continental Airlines jet in November. In addition, the agency announced tighter restrictions on aircraft maintenance and released year-end statistics showing a 26% increase in reports of near-collisions--1,056 compared with 840 the previous year--filed by pilots during 1987.
August 13, 1987 |
Since Aug. 1, 1986, 51 near-collisions have been reported in the Los Angeles basin, more than in any other area of the nation, the Federal Aviation Administration said today. The announcement, by FAA Regional Manager Jim Holweger, came at a news conference to spell out details of an emergency order to expand restricted airspace around Los Angeles International Airport.
October 16, 1987 |
Two Eastern Airlines pilots told a Senate committee Thursday that they are being pressured by the airline to fly planes they believe are unsafe and charged that at least 12 Eastern captains have been suspended recently for refusing to fly faulty aircraft. The pilots contended that the coercion began last year after Eastern was acquired by Texas Air. But an Eastern official attributed the testimony to "safety scare tactics" by airline labor unions.