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January 08, 2009

Southwest Places Suspected Intoxicated Pilot On Leave

Runs To Bathroom After Passengers Accuse Him Of Drinking

No one knows for certain whether the Southwest Airlines pilot accused of being drunk by passengers at Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) this week was actually too intoxicated to fly, except for the pilot himself... but it sure doesn't look good, and the airline has put the man in question on paid leave while the FAA looks into the matter.

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Boeing Releases Sales, Deliveries Figures For 2008

Not A Record... But All Told, Not Terrible

Boeing said early on that 2008 would be an off year for aircraft sales -- and sure enough, it was right. The American planemaker announced Thursday it took net orders for 662 new planes for the year, bringing its backlog of unfilled commercial orders to more than 3,700 airplanes.

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Continental Says Biofuel Flight 'Went According To Plan'

On A Wing, A Prayer... And Pond Scum

On Wednesday, Continental Airlines demonstrated the use of sustainable biofuel to power a commercial aircraft for the first time ever in North America. The demonstration flight -- conducted in partnership with Boeing, GE Aviation/CFM International, and Honeywell's UOP -- also marked the first sustainable biofuel demonstration flight by a commercial carrier using a two-engine aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 equipped with CFM International CFM56-7B engines.

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'Sky Steward' Makes Appeal For Polite Flight

Says Travel Manners Are 'A True Indicator Of Class'

Jetiquette Academy first came to ANN's attention last summer, when the group implored passengers to consider the feelings of airline workers before sounding off about what are usually relatively minor inconveniences of air travel. The organization also offered a seminar for those workers, to help them be both more understanding of customer issues, and more resilient to the occasional bad egg.

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Guitarist Helps Subdue Bomb Scare Passenger On Delta Flight

If You're Gonna Do Something Stupid, Avoid Flights With Rappers Onboard

Nevermind FAMS. Maybe what airlines really need to insure safety onboard commercial planes are rappers.

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Several Airlines At Odds With FAA Over Rest Limit Rules

Carriers Want Formal Public Review Ahead Of Implementation

A cooperative effort between pilots and the FAA to extend guidelines for rest periods following long haul commercial airline flights has drawn the ire of several US carriers.

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TSA Changes Policy On Union Literature In Response To AFGE Action

Union Urges Immediate Compliance With Ruling

The American Federation of Government Employees' influence at the Transportation Security Administration is once again evident as TSA recently changed a policy AFGE claimed violated the constitutional rights to association and free speech.

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Airlines Report Record Load Factors In December

But Hopes Of High Ticket Prices Haven't Come True... Yet

When the US domestic airlines announced last summer that they were planning capacity cuts, some industry observers worried the cuts would be too deep. Most of those carriers have now posted their stats for December, and it looks as if they planned about right.

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Opinions Differ On Role Of Crosswind In Continental Accident

Updated NTSB Report Offers Little Resolution

Early speculation about an accident at Denver International Airport last month, in which a Continental 737 veered off a runway December 20 during its takeoff run and was destroyed, has centered on the role crosswinds might have played.

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Former Head Of FAA Aircraft Maintenance Division Joins AAR

Dave Cann Retired From Agency Last January

AAR Corp. announced this week Dave Cann, former head of the Federal Aviation Administration's Flight Standards Service, Aircraft Maintenance Division has joined AAR as Vice President, Regulatory Compliance responsible for quality and safety at the company's repair station businesses.

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