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AIRLINE SAFETY IS IN A DEEP RUT (part 3)

 

In early 1948, David Behnke, President of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), told Congress:

"The current trend to higher wing loadings constitutes a hazard to safe flying. The airlines are looking to Rube Goldberg devices and excessively braking action in an effort to bridge the gap between the inadequacy of our airports and the hot-performance characteristics of the planes."

Some things never change!  Kansas City, 1965 - Boeing 707 runs off end of runway - fuselage broken in three sections, engines and landing-gear torn off.

In 1961, ALPA wrote to the FAA:

"The advantage of this [Burnelli] is obvious from a safety standpoint. ...We respectfully request that the FAA include some studies for aircraft design which would embody low take-off and landing speeds and still permit economical operation.

We believe the Burnelli type design has these features, and an updated version of the airplane should be considered."

In 1980, The eminent Professor Edmund J. Cantilli, Director of Transportation Safety at New York Polytechnic, advised industry and all relevant government agencies:

"The use of Burnelli airliners would reduce air crash fatalities by 85%."

Why hasn't the FAA responded to the many professional pleas on the importance of the Burnelli safety features? This is best answered by a U.S. News & World Report article of June 26, 1995, 'WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE FAA?', in which Billie Vincent, former top security officer at the FAA, stated:

"... the industry, they really own the FAA."

Britania airliner runs off end off runway & breaks into three parts 9/15/99

The examples given in the above article, like the FAA exemption of the B-777 thrust reverser flight testing, confirm Mr. Vincent's observation. The FAA certification of a new, twin-engine airplane - powered with newly developed engines - for immediate trans-Atlantic operations, offers convincing evidence that the FAA has no safety standards and, indeed, no common sense. This was further confirmed by the March 15, 1997, news headline, "BA WON'T SEND 777'S OVER ATLANTIC". "British Airways has voluntarily suspended trans-Atlantic flights with a new model of the Boeing 777 because of repeated problems with the model's engines, which are the most powerful in the world. The problem was that the pieces of metal that helped support the gears of the General Electric engines had broken in flight."

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