The Cargo Airline Association (CAA), representing air cargo carriers in the U.S., has sided with the FAA in a lawsuit brought against the agency by UPS pilots over its flight crew member duty and rest rule, issued December 21.
Raymond Deskins III, a former air traffic controller at the Washington ARTCC in Leesburg, Va., was convicted this week of fraudulently obtaining some $700,000 in disability benefits. He received the disability benefits from 2005 to 2008 while he was working as a construction foreman for a Northern Virginia company, even though he repeatedly told the Department of Labor that he wasn’t engaging in any work activities. He will be sentenced in May.
Andrew Anderson of Cartersville, Ga.-based Aviation Consultants is facing charges of 10 counts of federal conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He appeared in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on charges stating that between approximately September 2009 and June 5, 2010, he attempted to defraud the government of Dubai using fraudulent FAA documents.
Evo Jet Services founder Chris Cartwright has confirmed that his 2008 conviction for alleged price fixing in U.S. government fuel contracts was overturned by the U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Sept. 28, 2011. Cartwright and his business partner Paul Wilkinson were arrested in January 2008, while running Far East Russia Aircraft Services (Feras).
The FAA is proposing a $777,000 civil penalty against Horizon Air Industries for allegedly operating 32 Bombardier Dash-8-400 turboprops on 49,870 flights when the aircraft were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges Horizon installed new external lighting systems but didn’t conduct required tests for radio frequency and electromagnetic interference before returning the aircraft to service. The FAA discovered the compliance problems during routine surveillance. Horizon immediately completed tests and inspections before further flights.
The National Labor Relations Board has formally dropped its unfair labor practices case against Boeing, a day after members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) ratified a new four-year contract with the company.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has resigned from the FAA in the wake of his arrest Saturday night in a northern Virginia suburb on a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI).
In a letter to DOT general counsel Robert Rivkin, NATA president and CEO James Coyne asked for federal intervention in a lawsuit filed by San Francisco-based Center for Environmental Health.
In a complaint filed on December 1 in the U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas, Airbus claims that Aviation Partners “has stated repeatedly…that Airbus’s winglet falls within the claims of the [Aviation Partners winglet] patent, and that Airbus must therefore pay API a royalty for its allegedly infringing design.”
The news that FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Saturday (December 3) raises some interesting questions.