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Tag: FAA

Sep.
6th

Campaign rules there for a reason, so obey them

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

Should supervisors in government agencies not so subtly suggest how workers should vote if they want to keep their jobs?

Should churches collect donations for a political cause that aligns with their beliefs and send them to the campaign?

The first scenario seems like a no-brainer. Of course bosses shouldn’t apply political pressure in the workplace – especially in government offices. In fact, the Hatch Act expressly prohibits certain government employees from partisan politicking at work.
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Dec.
17th

The real stunner in Flight 188 story

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

Just in time for Christmas travel comes a disturbing report about the Northwest Airlines flight that flew 100 miles past its destination earlier this fall.

The National Transportation Safety Board released documents Wednesday that, while coming to no direct conclusion about the cause of the incident, reveal how exceedingly easy it was for the Northwest pilots to fly while distracted.

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Aug.
31st

Quieter, cleaner, safer skies? Sign us up

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Boeing 737s land at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport many times a day, but a recent 3 a.m. arrival was something special.

An Alaska Airlines jet touched down carrying 40 engineers and technicians who were on hand to witness a test run of the future of air travel.

Their landing was characterized by a short approach, a smooth descent, and minimal chatter between the pilots and air traffic controllers. In other words, it was anything but ordinary.

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Aug.
31st

Tuesday’s editorials: Hanford nuclear waste dump, better technology in the skies

Hanford was rejected as a permanent high-level nuclear waste storage site in the 1980s. Now Harry Reid and Barack Obama look like they plan to make it one anyway.

The FAA’s long-promised GPS-based air traffic control system, which recently got a test run at Sea-Tac, is good for the environment, good for travelers and good for airport neighbors.

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