NTSB chief urges child-safety
seats on planes
04/21/14: Deborah Hersman, departing chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, said Monday that "one of her great disappointments" was that child-safety seats aren't
required on planes for young children.
FAA Requiring All Flights to Have GPS Tracking System by
04/15/14: After a recent missing Malaysian Airlines flight, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has decided to mandate GPS-based aircraft tracking on planes. According
to 9 News, the FAA will require that all planes have a GPS tracking system called Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) radio network by 2020.
NTSB Urges FAA Oversight of Sightseeing Balloon Operators
04/11/14: Citing three hard landings that resulted in injuries and one fatality, the National Transportation Safety Board has issued recommendations that FAA assume oversight
of sightseeing balloon operators, in the same way that it oversees airplane and helicopter tour operators.
Supreme Court: Airline can drop frequent flier
04/04/14: The Supreme Court decided unanimously Wednesday that an airline had the right to dump a frequent flier who complained too much. The decision allows airlines
to have sole discretion to drop frequent fliers.
Chasing the Money for Air Crash Victims' Families in
04/03/14: Growing up in Peru in the 1970s, Monica R. Kelly, who specializes in aviation accidents, dreamed of becoming a diplomat and traveling the world. But by the
1980s, violence was spreading at home with a guerrilla war waged by the Shining Path movement, and her family moved to the United States, forcing her to abandon her ambition to
enter Peruvian government service. She decided to realize her interest in international travel in a more unusual way: by flying around the world to meet and represent the
families of air crash victims, one of a specialist band of aviation accident lawyers.
A Five-year-old 777-200LR Sees Early Retirement
04/01/14: A 777-200LR, built in 2009, has been retired by Air India. Air India cannibalises 777 named Maharashtra at Mumbai's Shivaji airport. While the rumors mentioned
on the website suggest it sustained hidden damage during a heavy landing, it's still notable that a modern 777 less than five years old is being cannibalized.
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