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    Posted on February 13, 2013 To

    FAA Slow Rule-Making Process Impacts Grieving Families of Victims of Flight 3407

    It has been four years since the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 on its way to Buffalo, New York, killing all 49 aboard and a person on the ground. The families have had to endure much pain and sorrow dealing with the tragedy and the process of getting answers. Of course, those events cannot be changed, but in an effort to do things more safely going forward, the families have been pushing for legislation…

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    Posted on January 21, 2013 To

    All 50 Dreamliners Grounded Across the World; U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Says 1,000% Safety Necessary

    All 787 aircraft in operation around the world, 50 of them total, have been grounded in the wake of the multiple problems with its lithium ion battery. A series of overheating batteries that run the plane’s electrical system led to a comprehensive inspection of the major systems of the high tech aircraft, a grounding of the jets in Japan, then in the U.S. and now across the world. Ray LaHood, the U.S. transportation secretary, said…

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    Posted on January 21, 2013 To

    Boeing Halts Delivery of Dreamliners

    In the wake of all the problems that Chicago-based 787 Dreamliners have experienced in the past few weeks, aircraft maker Boeing announced Friday (1/18/13) that it will halt the delivery of the troubled new, high-tech jet until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provides guidance on how to make its batteries compliant. In a statement, a Boeing spokesman said, “We will not deliver 787s until the FAA approves a means of compliance with their recent Airworthiness…

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    Posted on January 17, 2013 To

    FAA Considering Rules Limiting Pilots’ Electronics Use

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a rule for pilots that would ban use of electronics while working. The proposed rule would prohibit flight crew members from using a personal wireless communications device or laptop computer for personal use “while at their duty station on the flight deck while the aircraft is being operated.” As reported in the Federal Register, the rule “is intended to ensure that certain non-essential activities do not contribute to…

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    Posted on January 17, 2013 To

    FAA Grounds Dreamliner in the US

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ordered all Dreamliner flights in this country be grounded. The action comes on the heels of two Japanese airlines voluntarily grounding all 787 flights Wednesday (1/16/13). An All Nippon Airways flight had to land in an emergency in western Japan following a battery fire that led to smoke in the cockpit and cabin. In a press release issued Wednesday, the FAA stated, it was issuing “an emergency airworthiness directive…

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    Posted on January 16, 2013 To

    Iowa Medevac Crash Kills Three

    Communities surrounding Mason City, Iowa, continue to grieve after a medevac helicopter carrying three crew members crashed Jan. 3, 2013, in a field, burst into flames and killed the paramedic, nurse and pilot aboard. According to media reports, no patients were aboard the aircraft as it headed from Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa just north of Ventura in Cerro Gordo County about 9 p.m. that night. The dedicated emergency medical team that was killed…

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    Posted on January 16, 2013 To

    Helicopter Crash in London Kills Two

    A horrific helicopter crash occurred during the Wednesday morning rush hour in central London when the aircraft slammed into a construction crane on top of a 50-story residential building (1/16/13). The pilot and one person on the ground reportedly were killed; 13 others were injured on the ground. It was reported to be misty weather and the pilot had asked to divert and land in nearby London Heliport. The helicopter reportedly was on a commercial…

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    Posted on January 16, 2013 To

    “Severe Turbulence” Causes Injuries to American Eagle Passengers on Flight to Chicago

    Chicago Fire Department officials confirmed that they treated several passengers aboard American Eagle Flight 3720 that was heading to Chicago today from New Orleans. The flight experienced “severe turbulence” while in flight that led to one passenger requiring to be taken to a local Chicago hospital. A spokesman for the Fire Department said that they experienced head, neck and back injuries. At least three people were injured, according to reports. The flight reportedly left New…

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    Posted on January 16, 2013 To

    Japanese Airlines Ground Dreamliners

    In a move that the flying public may have been waiting to happen, Japan’s two major airlines and the biggest customers of the new Dreamliner jets have grounded the 787 aircraft following yet another incident that led to an emergency landing Wednesday (1/16/13) in that country. An All Nippon Airways jet on a domestic flight was reported to have battery problems and a burning smell was detected in the cockpit and cabin, forcing the 787…

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