To his supporters, former air marshal Robert MacLean personifies the best traits of whistleblowers, determined to expose the government's dirty laundry, even at high personal cost. To critics, he's an obsessive and even vindictive ex-federal employee who overstepped his bounds. Now he's battling over the need for secondary barriers to keep would-be intruders from reaching the cockpit.
Tag: Aviation Safety
Amid Minimum Wage Hikes in Many States, Labor Secretary Says Federal Rate ($7.25/hr) Should Stay Where It Is
A decade has passed since the federal minimum wage increased even a cent. Millions of minimum wage workers earn more than the $7.25 per hour set by Congress because 29 states, plus Washington, D.C., have set higher rates. But Labor Secretary Acosta told lawmakers he opposes a federal hike.
David Bernhardt, acting secretary of the Interior Department, seems headed for confirmation by the Senate. He told the Energy and Natural Resources Committee that, if confirmed, he will stop recusing himself from issues that involve his former clients as soon as this summer
A rush job with fatal effects?: As the investigation into the crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 in Ethiopia this month continues, the picture that seems to be emerging is a one of a faulty sensor, problematic software and hubris. With European aircraft maker Airbus threatening to lure away [...]
With Ethiopian crash, toll at 346 in five months: At least 27 airlines have grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft after 157 people were killed when one crashed in Ethiopia Sunday. A growing list of countries--including China, the U.K., Australia, Indonesia and Singapore--have banned the planes from their airspace, [...]
After decades of improvement, life expectancy has trended downward for three years, the worst reversal in a century.
As the nation's fleet of small recreational and commercial drones keeps soaring -- the government projects nearly 3 million will be in the skies by 2022 -- safety concerns are rising even as federal enforcement stalls.
Congress today sent to President Obama legislation to address the growing safety threat posed by thousands of drones entering the nation’s airspace.
For nearly five years, Darrell Whitman was a federal investigator who probed whistleblowers’ complaints about being fired or otherwise punished for exposing alleged corporate misconduct. Now he is blowing the whistle himself.
Owen Ouyang On a Saturday night in early December, while relaxing at his Martinez, Calif., home, Chinese exchange student Owen Ouyang decided to have some fun. He went out to the front yard and launched a sleek new drone he had recently purchased online for about $1,000. The [...]
Airline pilots who commute hundreds of miles to work might show up too exhausted to perform their jobs safely. That concern is raised by a National Research Council report that found that one in five airline pilots lives at least 750 miles from work. As the Associated Press reports, the study's researchers looked [...]
Children weighing 40 pounds or less should sit in approved safety seats, rather than on their parents' laps, when flying. That's a key recommendation in a joint statement issued this week by the Federal Aviation Administration and the American Association of Flight Attendants. The FAA will continue, however, to allow children under [...]