Two wrongful death lawsuits against Cirrus Design Corp. stemming
from a January 2003 accident have been kicked down to Itasca County
(MN) District Court, after Cirrus unsuccessfully petitioned for the
cases to be heard at the federal level.
"You've undermined the opportunity [that] honest politicians
have to do good." It was with that damning statement that US
District Court Judge Larry A. Burns ordered Randall "Duke"
Cunningham -- war hero, "Top Gun" instructor and, most recently,
disgraced former US congressman -- to eight years and four months
in a federal prison for bribery.
It appears Judge Allan Gropper's decision to
forestall ruling on Northwest's ability to reject its current
contract with its pilots -- in hopes the airline and
its pilots would come to an amicable solution -- paid off Friday,
as airline management reached a tentative deal with members of the
Air Line Pilots Association over a new contract that could save the
bankrupt airline $358 million annually.
"Unreasonable Concessionary Demands" Provoke Union
Earlier this week -- the executive board of Teamsters Local 513
passed a resolution that lays the foundation for a possible strike
by 818 Comair Airlines flight attendants. Cincinnati-based Local
513 Executive Board members unanimously passed the resolution,
condemning what the union describes as the company's "unreasonable
Earlier this week, Sikorsky subsidiary Schweizer Aircraft
announced it received 37 helicopter orders at this year's Heli-Expo
trade show in Dallas, TX. The orders are the most ever received by
the company at the trade show.
In the slimmest of signs the airline may be at the beginning of
its recovery from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, for the first time in
recent memory Delta Air Lines reported losing less money in January
than during a comparable period one year ago.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA, www.gama.aero) has
released its 2005 General Aviation Statistical Databook. To
aero-geeks (I’m one) it’s like when the Christmas
catalog arrived when we were kids.
"After years of service to my country, going the right way, I
made a very wrong turn. No man has ever been more sorry... Some say
I've lost everything. But, your Honor, you have no idea. I have
three children. I asked them to stay away. I didn't want them to go
through this spectacle."
Source: Vietnam War ace, "Top Gun" instructor,
and disgraced Congressman Randall "Duke" Cunningham, pleading with
Judge Larry A. Burns Friday for clemency at his sentencing on two
counts of bribery. Unswayed, Burns threw the book at Cunningham --
sentencing the former war hero to eight years and
four months in federal prison. It would have been ten years --
the maximum allowed under a previous plea bargaining -- but Burns
deducted time from that sentence in light of Cu
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