Harry Stoffer

Articles by Harry Stoffer
FAA administrator calls for US-China cooperation 

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt called for increased cooperation between the US and China on runway safety, airworthiness, aircraft emissions and next-generation air traffic control. In remarks prepared for the China Civil Aviation Development Forum in Beijing, Babbitt said the two countries with the largest aviation systems, the US and China, need to be world leaders on these important issues. He noted that measures taken in the US to improve runway safety contributed to a 63% drop in the number of runway incursion incidents between 2000 and 2008.

Afriqiyah A330 crashes on approach to Tripoli, killing 103 

A nearly new A330-200 operated by Afriqiyah Airways crashed on final approach to Tripoli early Wednesday, killing 103 of the 104 people aboard, including 11 crewmembers.

The accident was the deadliest so far in 2010. A boy from the Netherlands reportedly was the lone survivor. The crash occurred as Flight 8U771, en route from Johannesburg, was attempting to land at Tripoli International at about 6 a.m. local time. All but 11 of the passengers were continuing onward to European destinations, according to a statement from the airline.

Challenges to new US labor rule contemplated 

A senior US lawmaker is warning that the National Mediation Board exceeded its legal authority with a new ruling that strengthens air and rail union organizers.

Airlines preparing court challenge to new US labor rule 

A group of US airlines led by the Air Transport Assn. is planning an immediate court challenge to a new federal rule that is expected to help unions organize workers.

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