Babbitt Submits Resignation To SecTrans LaHood (Updated with
DoT, AOPA Reaction)
ANN Real-Time Update, 120611, 2126: The
Washington Post is reporting that former FAA Administrator Randy
Babbitt was flying as the co-pilot aboard an FAA Cessna Citation
560XL, N2, Monday morning, December 5th... some 36 or so hours
AFTER his arrest for DWI.
They have published an audio recording of the
flight. The Fairfax City Police have yet to disclose
Babbitt’s blood-alcohol level, but .08 is the legal threshold
required to levy charges of DWI, in VA. Babbitt is scheduled to
appear in court on Feb. 2.
First Customer In Russia And CIS For The Updated Airplane
Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest carrier, has
signed a firm order for eight A320neo aircraft following a
Memorandum of Understanding signed in August at the International
Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2011 in Moscow. The A320neo is an
efficiency improvement package Airbus says offers up to 15 percent
fuel savings on the A320 Family.
An elderly woman from New York who opted out of screening by a
body scanner before her flight says she was "injured and
humiliated" by what she called a "strip search" which caused her to
miss her plane. But TSA says on its blog that no strip search
A teenager from Jacksonville, FL, was told by a TSA screener in
Norfolk, VA, that carrying her purse with the design of an old-west
six-shooter onto an airplane is a "federal crime," and had
missed her flight by the time the issue was sorted out and the
offending bag was checked through to ... Orlando.
New Airplane Pays Its First Visit To Mainland China, Landing In
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrived Sunday at the Beijing Capital
International Airport, making its debut in mainland China, one of
the world's fastest-growing aviation and travel markets. It also
marks the start of a six-month worldwide Dream Tour with the
Boeing and Lufthansa are fast approaching the next major
milestone on the 747-8 Intercontinental program with the start of
pre-delivery testing of the new airplane at Lufthansa's main
operations base at Frankfurt Airport from Dec. 6 to Dec. 9.