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Contract Aviation Maintenance: Safer, More Efficient

"On November 10, ARSA Executive Vice President Christian A. Klein issued this response to James B. Steele's "Disturbing Truth About How Airplanes Are Maintained Today," published in the December issue of Vanity Fair magazine."

FAA To Improve Helicopter Safety, Prevent Deadly Fires

"The Federal Aviation Administration plans to take a major step toward preventing people from being burned to death in helicopter crashes."

The Disturbing Truth About How Airplanes Are Maintained Today

"In the last decade, most of the big U.S. airlines have shifted major maintenance work to places like El Salvador, Mexico, and China, where few mechanics are FAA certified and inspections have no teeth."

FAA Zeros in on Unsecured Tail Bolts; Risk Is Catastrophic

"When two Allegiant Airlines pilots couldn't control their plane and scrubbed a takeoff from Las Vegas in August, the carrier discovered that a critical piece of equipment had come loose from the tail."

Virgin Atlantic Jet Was Forced into Emergency Landing at Gatwick Because Engineers Installed a Part of the Landing Gear Upside Down

"The lives of 447 passengers were put at risk when a stricken Virgin Atlantic jet was forced to make a dramatic emergency landing because engineers installed a part upside down, investigators found."

FAA to Airline Passengers: Leave Spare Batteries at Home

"The Federal Aviation Administration is encouraging airline passengers to leave their spare lithium batteries at home when they pack for flights."

US To Back Ban On Lithium Battery Shipments on Passenger Planes, Citing Fire, Explosion Danger

"The risk of unstoppable fires is prompting U.S. officials to back a proposed international ban on rechargeable lithium battery shipments as cargo on passenger airlines."

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