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Ground the Airbus?

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Following the fatal crashes of several Comet airliners in the 1950s, with a total loss of less than 200 lives, the entire fleet was grounded by English Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. He said "The cost of solving the Comet mystery must be reckoned neither in money nor in manpower."

The Airbus is not manufactured in the United States; however, they are being operated by a number of American carriers and U.S. citizens fly on them every day all over the world.

Under the Bush administration, the last FAA administrator, Marion Blakey, "was a fervent free marketeer and opponent of increased government regulation." [76]

President Obama appointed Randy Babbitt to administer the agency, and he was confirmed last month by the Senate. Mr. Babbitt is the former head of the Airline Pilot’s Association. What will he decide?

[1] Encyclopedia Britannica, click here Nordeen, Lon, Composites in Combat,

[3] Meyers Aircraft Company, "Aluminum vs Composite Construction, click here Ibid.

[5] Gugliotta, Guy, Air Crash Investigators Focus on Carbon Fiber, Washington Post, November 18, 2001, click here Encyclopedia Britannica, op. cit.

[7] HITCO Delivers A380 Carbon Composite Tail Structure,

[8] Harris, Charles E. And Shurart, Mark J., 2001, An Assessment of the State of the Art in the Design and Manufacturing of Large Composite Structures for Aerospace Vehicles, p. 3, click here Lubin, George and Peters, Stanley T., Handbook of Composites, p. 1036.; The origins of Airbus’ Industry-leading position, click here Airbus Unveil the A380 to the World,

[11] Adcock, Sylvia, Two planes, one problem, Newsday, October 25, 2004,,0,3016509.story

[12] Ibid.

[13] Cooper, Anderson, click here Adcock, Sylvia, op. cit.

[15] Ibid.

[16] Ibid.

[17] Ibid.

[18] National Transportation Safety Board, Safety Recommendation, May 28, 2004, A-04-44 through -45.

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William John Cox authored the Policy Manual of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Role of the Police in America for a National Advisory Commission during the Nixon administration. As a public interest, pro bono, attorney, he filed a class action lawsuit in 1979 petitioning the Supreme Court to order a National Policy Referendum; he investigated and successfully sued a group of radical (more...)
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