National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Steve Chealander
held a news conference at 4 pm Saturday, releasing more details
Thursday evening's crash of Continental Connection flight
3407 into a Clarence Center, NY home while on approach
to Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Agency Says Numerous ADs And SAFOs Increased Air Safety In
In the wake of Thursday's crash of
Continental Connection flight 3407 into a
Buffalo, NY suburb, and in particular the speculation regarding the
role icing may have played in the tragedy, the Federal Aviation
Administration on Friday released a summary of numerous
short-and long-term safety actions it has taken over the past 15
years to improve safety of aircraft that encounter icing conditions
on the ground and in flight.
Expeditious Travel Enables Senator's Presence At Wake, Funeral
- And In Congress
In an inadvertent illustration of the practical advantages of
non-airline flight --
the very method of travel now condemned by the White
House and many lawmakers, it's worth pointing out
-- a US senator was provided with the use of a government
plane by the Obama administration to commute between Washington, DC
and his home in Ohio.
It's Possible To Be 'Professional And Polite And Still Get The
The initial system-wide training of Engage! - a mandatory skills
training program for all TSA workers - will be complete in a few
weeks. The idea is to open the eyes of screeners to the philosophy
that it's possible to be "professional and polite, and still get
the job done."
Consortium Of Carriers Says Industry Needs To Be Included In UN
Climate Change Talks
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change statistics show that
the air transport industry causes only about two percent of CO2
emissions worldwide. Apparently such a small slice of the pie
wasn't deemed significant enough to include in the previous global
emissions agreement, the Kyoto Protocol.
While taking to the skies has some inherent risk, advances in
technology, stringent maintenance requirements and rigorous
training procedures for aircrews have contributed to a safe aerial
environment in most parts of the world. But some parts of the world
lack basic infrastructure and technology such as radar or air
traffic control. Formal maintenance programs for aircraft do not
exist, and communication between pilots and ground personnel is
sporadic or nonexistent.
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"Given that no commercial flights were available that
would allow Senator Brown to make the vote and to attend services
memorializing his mother, the administration provided government
transportation to ensure that he could do so."
Source: An unnamed White House spokesman. In an
inadvertent illustration of the practical advantages of non-airline
flight -- the very method of travel now condemned by the White
House and many lawmakers, it's worth pointing out -- a US senator
was provided with the use of a government plane by the Obama
administration to commute between Washington, DC and his home in