From The Department Of
Time lost by travelers on flight delays at Chicago's O'Hare
International Airport will be cut by 20 percent before the end of
the year under an agreement reached between negotiators for the US
Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) and airlines, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta
From Spirit Airlines...
Spirit Airlines is pleased with any initiative that reduces
congestion at O'Hare International Airport. We have been working
closely with the FAA and in fact voluntarily changed our flight
times on 28 percent of our flights to assist in the management of
arrivals at the airport.
Air traffic controllers in Chicago Wednesday said they accept
the announced flight restrictions at O'Hare International Airport
in the interest of safety, but urged the Federal Aviation
Administration to pay as much attention to the rapidly
deteriorating staffing situation at the major Chicago air traffic
control facilities as the agency has in addressing the problem of
Got A Few Things To Say About Oshkosh 2004?
The ANN Editorial Team is just about done with all the summaries
we can assemble about the most recent Oshkosh EAA Fly-In -- and
we'd have been done by now if not for that pesky hurricane thing
that went through here a few days ago. As is our custom, we've
taken a few weeks to consider things carefully (as well as to
recover from the "Big O') and have assembled a few articles and
awards lists that quantify and qualify the very best and worst of
the Oshkosh 2004 experience.
Michael Keilty was flying from Waterbury-Oxford (CT) Airport to
Ticonderoga (NY) last month when the Piper Navajo (file photo of
type, below) in which he was a passenger crashed in upstate New
York. Now, the Connecticut Post reports the 40-year old Keilty was
being investigated by the FBI at the time of his death.
Who watches those who watch? More to the point, who watches
those who steal the watch?
A security guard at London's Gatwick Airport will spend the next 18
months behind bars after he was convicted of using the X-Ray
screening machine to spot precious loot in passengers' luggage.
Baby Born On Transatlantic Flight, Mom May Get Big Bill
Aren't pregnant women supposed to avoid air travel in the final
weeks before they deliver? Well, a Jordanian woman apparently
wasn't quite honest when asked how far along she was. She said she
was in her 27th week of pregnancy. Still, flying from Amsterdam to
Chicago Tuesday, she went into labor.
Aircraft flying border patrols between the US and Mexico are a
rather common sight. Somewhat less common are the patrols flown
over the US-Canadian border -- even though they've been flying for
the past 20 years. Now, the US is beefing up its northern border
patrols, adding new aircraft and a new command center in Bellingham
International Air Systems Submits Proposal To Air
International Air Systems, Inc. of Elk Grove Village (IL) says
it has submitted a proposal to the Air Force for the
recapitalization of the KC-135. This proposal provides for 100 new
air-refueling tanker/transport aircraft using a "Private Financing
Initiative" method for the funding of the aircraft and a "Contract
Air Refueling" service to provide air mobility support to the Air
Force in the form of air-refueling and/or airlift operations.
"We were able to reach a cooperative, voluntary agreement with
the carriers. Both groups want the same thing: efficient
transportation for the flying public."
Source: FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, after her
boss, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, announced a deal
between the FAA and airlines serving Chicago's O'Hare
International. The deal caps the number of flight operations at