All The TSA Needs, He Said, Is More Money For More Screening
It's not the people. It's the equipment.
That's the word from Adm. David Stone (USN, Ret.), lame-duck leader
of the TSA, in the keynote address at a conference of the American
Association of Airport Executives. But more equipment may not be
enough. Two recent government reports found screeners lack
necessary training and have failed to improve in spotting dangerous
Investigation Focuses On Potentially Hazardous Cargo
New Zealand Investigators Wednesday released the names of two
flight crew members killed in the apparent mid-air explosion of
their Fairchild Metroliner Tuesday night, as the investigation into
exactly what brought the mail plane down continued.
NBAA, NATA, GAMA And AOPA Leaders Stage Major Assault On
It was a major show of unity on the part of the so-called
alphabet groups -- leaders from four of them testifying on Capitol
Hill Wednesday, all adamant against the possibility that user fees
will be imposed on general aviation in America.
NBAA's Bolen Assails 'Inaccurate, Misleading and Unsupported'
Claims Made About GA In Reason Foundation Report
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen has released a letter sent
Tuesday to Reason Foundation President Robert W. Poole to point out
several inaccurate, incomplete or misleading claims made in a
report released by Poole Wednesday.
The altimeter on a medical helicopter that went down near
Evansville, IN, last year was set incorrectly, according to an NTSB
preliminary report. As a result, the flight crew aboard Air Evac 17
may have thought they were flying 300 feet higher than they
The FAA has given Wichita city officials more time to respond to
an ultimatum: Stop subsidizing AirTran or lose your airport grants.
But that may not make a difference -- city leaders appear unwilling
to change their minds and stop multi-million dollar payments to the
In response to increased demand for Flexjet aircraft, Bombardier
is reserving 51 aircraft positions with a value of approximately
$829 million for delivery to Flexjet over the next three years.
This is in addition to the 16 new aircraft added to the Flexjet
fleet since January 1, 2004, and represents both replacement of
existing aircraft in the Flexjet fleet and net additional aircraft
resulting from new sales of fractional shares.
Northrop Grumman Corporation unveiled the first production F-35A
center fuselage section, recently, in a ceremony at Air Force Plant
42. It is the first major component completed for the new F-35
Joint Strike Fighter.
(Following AEA's convention in Dallas last week, we thought
you'd want to see the latest in electronic accessories for your
aircraft. Here's the third and final part of what was new at this
year's show. -- ed.)
Stretches Its Long Legs From Sao Paulo To Panama City
Cessna says its Citation Sovereign has just returned from its
second Latin American demonstration tour where it received rave
reviews from customers who were impressed with its long-range
capabilities. One of the most notable non-stop missions flown
during this demonstration tour was 2,865 nautical miles.
By ANN Contributor Captain Dean Roberts
There is strong anecdotal evidence suggesting a deep,
institutional opposition to the FFDO program within the TSA.
Nowhere is that opposition illustrated more dramatically than in
the FFDO applications and screening process, where the TSA has
arbitrarily and, in some cases, prejudicially, rejected a number of
apparently well-qualified candidates.
Lease-Back Agreement Ensures Smooth Operations for Space
SPACEHAB Monday announced that it has consummated the sale and
lease back of its 58,000 square-foot processing facility in Cape
Canaveral, FL, in a transaction with Tamir Silvers LLC valued at
The abrupt dismissal of four pilots from the first FFDO class,
coupled with evidence that the TSA has misused psychological
screening to reject a very high percentage of apparently
well-qualified candidates from subsequent classes, has left a large
number of pilots with the impression the applications process is
not governed by the principles of fairness, objectivity, and
Source: Captain Dean Roberts, spokesman for the
Airline Pilots Security Alliance, on the TSA's failings where the
FFDO program is concerned.