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|Top News: The Search Is Still On for New TSA
NOMINEE ROBERT HARDING WITHDRAWS
Robert Harding, the latest
nominee as head of the Transportation Security Administration, has
withdrawn following revelations that his security consulting firm had
been overpaid by the government. Harding, a former top military
intelligence officer, owned Harding Security Associates, which an audit
suggested had been overpaid $2.4 million for a contract to supply
intelligence debriefers during the Iraq war. The company is also under
scrutiny for a $100 million contract at Fort Belvoir for work on
biometrics. That contract was awarded as part of a program to give work
to businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. According to The Washington Post, Harding listed his disability
as sleep apnea, a common disorder in which breathing is interrupted
during sleep. "I felt that I could bring some leadership, vision and
intelligence expertise" to the TSA, Harding said in a statement.
"However, I feel that the distractions caused by my work as a defense
contractor would not be good for this administration."
Russ Niles blogs about the search for a new TSA head on the AVweb
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"PLANE CRASH" STAGED FOR PUBLICITY
It's not War of the
Worlds, but a Canadian television network won its share of scrutiny for
choosing to promote a new program with a fake plane crash, Thursday, in
Montreal. Thanks to the network, a bright yellow Cub-like aircraft was
posed nose-down in the crushed roof of an SUV parked across from
Montreal's Bell Centre, a sports and entertainment complex in the city.
The network even managed artificial smoke to be pumped out of the
conjoined wreckage as passersby who were informed of the promotion
stopped to take pictures. "For us, it was just to create curiosity and
suspense," Elise Beauchemin, director of communications for the
French-language cable TV channel responsible for the stunt, told CBC News. Local police told the news source they had
been informed of the stunt ahead of time and there was no local panic or
danger, but media outlets had "flooded" the police station with calls of
WRECKAGE DISCOVERED IN OREGON WOODS
Wreckage of a Curtiss
SB2C Helldiver single-engine dive bomber has been discovered in
privately owned woods near Rockaway Beach, Ore., but its origins and
crew remain to be identified. The World War II-era aircraft's wreckage
was originally spotted by employees of a logging company on March 18.
The wreckage covers approximately 200 yards and early responders did
report the possibility of human remains at the site. Among the more
clearly identifiable aircraft debris at the site are a wing, the tail
section, and landing gear. Officials have not found any unexploded
ordnance mixed in with the wreckage but are attempting to secure the
site while the investigation continues. Navy personnel, in coordination
with Oregon State Police and the county Sheriff's office, are working
together on the investigation. The team has sought input from the Joint
Prisoner of War/Missing In Action Accounting Command in Honolulu.
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AVIC WINS EPIC AUCTION
An Oregon federal bankruptcy judge
will decide Tuesday if a company owned by the Chinese government will
take over the remnants of Epic Air and the companies associated with it.
The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC)'s bid of $4.3 million
cash was selected over two American bids by bankruptcy trustee Ken Eiler
following a daylong auction at a Portland law office on Friday. Also in
the running were the LT Builders Group, representing the owners of
unfinished aircraft still inside Epic's Bend, Ore., factory, and
Wichita-based Harlow Aerostructures. Doug King, one of the members of
the owners' group, told AVweb Saturday that they're spending the
next three days preparing objections to the trustee's decision, which
must be confirmed by the court during Tuesday's hearing. King said his
group's bid was actually $2.2 million higher than the Chinese bid but
included $4 million in credit to the owners. He said the trustee chose
China's bid because it was all cash. The builders are worried they'll
never have a chance to finish their aircraft if the Chinese bid prevails
and most have already paid more than $1 million in progressive payments
on their $1.7 million kit-built turboprop LT aircraft.
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RESUMES FOR AIR FRANCE 447 VOICE AND DATA RECORDERS
narrowed the search area to one-tenth its previous size, investigators
will now search the ocean floor, again, for the data recorders of Air
France Flight 447. The Airbus A330 was discovered on June 1, 2009, to
have virtually disappeared into the Atlantic, off Brazil, with 228
aboard. Two prior expeditions to retrieve the cockpit voice (CVR) and
flight data recorders (FDR) have failed. One of those included a nuclear
submarine. The new expedition will employ three sonar-equipped robot
submarines and two search ships, including the Anne Candies undersea
research vessel. U.S. Navy sonar equipment will be used in a refined
search area of about 770 square miles where the ocean ranges up to
13,000 feet deep. Though roughly 1,000 pieces of debris and 50 bodies
were found in the initial search, the first wreckage was not spotted
until it had been drifting for five days in the ocean. The new undersea
search is expected to last at least four weeks. Without the recorders,
investigators have warned that a more extensive understanding of the
crash may not be possible. More...
CAPTAIN TALKS ABOUT HEATHROW CRASH
The basic details
are strikingly similar but the outcomes for the captains of two
airliners that crash landed without loss of life couldn't be more
different. On one hand, there's Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, sometimes
called the Hero of the Hudson, who ditched his A320 in the Hudson River
in Jan. of 2009. Sullenberger was able to retire early from an industry
of which he was sometimes openly critical. Then there's Capt. Peter
Burkill, the senior officer aboard British Airways Flight 38, which
suffered an uncommanded dual engine rollback on short final and crash
landed short of the runway at Heathrow Airport in 2008. Burkill recently
broke his silence on the crash and has written a book on the topic. He
says he resigned from BA due to persistent malicious rumors about his
actions during the crash. He's now on welfare. In a podcast
interview with AVweb's Glenn Pew, Burkill gives his
description of the 30 seconds that preceded the crash and his role in
its survivable outcome.
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|The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You!||back to
MARCH 29, 2010
Letter of the Week: Make Transponders
How many [midair crashes] will it take before
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Once you have one, you won't believe how many aircraft get
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CRASH OF BA038
Peter Burkill was captain of British
Airways Flight 38, a Boeing 777 with 152 aboard, when it suffered an
uncommanded dual engine rollback and crashed short of the runway at
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INSIDER BLOG: SETTING THE STANDARD IN WASHINGTON
certain amount of discomfort that comes from discovering the top two
picks, the cream of the crop, the best-of-the-best candidates for the
leader of the Transportation Security Administration are a couple of
guys you wouldn't want dating your sister. At least it's given
AVweb editor-in-chief Russ Niles a moment's pause. In the latest
installment of our AVweb Insider blog, Russ explains why
President Obama needs to go back to the drawing board in seeking a new
chief for the TSA. Click
here to read more and share your own thoughts. More...
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While flying an ADS-B test around NYC, I overheard
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