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Updates: 07/26/2017 FAA corruption/CBS; 7/23/2017 pratt-whitney corruption-reuters; 07/18/2017:  Sandia, Los Alamos Labs;  07/17/2017:  Sandia Labs, Grumman, Lockheed;  07/16/2017: Amer/US Airways merger;  07/14-15/2017 shifting from Boeing section mostly non-Boeing aviation material to this newly created Aviation World section - ran out of room AVIATION WORLD ISSUES AND CORRUPTION See also Boeing Corruption Aviation Summary of Links On this page - Aviation World Issues:         Airport corruption/issues     Lockheed Martin corruption     Northrup Grumman     Airbus      Sandia Labs (Lockheed and latest Honeywell)      Los Alamos Labs     Bombardier (Canada)      Airlines corruption/issues     American/US Airways     United Airlines     Southwest Airlines     Crashes      Crashes page     Engines Manufacturer corruption and other issues  Crashes:  Crashes/Engines/Airbus     Crashes/Engines/Boeing       Manufacturers:  Manufacturers/Engines Corruption, Issues Section     Top 3 Article Summary     Pratt & Whitney     Rolls Royce     GE (GEAE) Rudders   Rudder issues      Crashes/Boeing 737 rudder issues      Parker Hannifin issues (rudders and other) Lap Joints   Lap Joints/Boeing Other Aviation Issues and Corruption (separate page)   Aviation World Issues and Corruption-separate page      Aviation World Links    Air Traffic Control (ATC) Corruption     FAA     TSA Corruption    ENGINES - Jet engine issues - crashes, manufacturer corruption Crashes or Incidents involving engines Crashes/Engines/Airbus American Airlines 191/Airbus - engine fell off shortly after take-off (05/1979) Crashes/Engines/Boeing American AIrlines 383/Boeing 767 (2016) American AIrlines/ Boeing 767 (06/2006) British Airtours 58M/Boeing 737 (08/221985) Pacific Western Airlines 501/Boeing 737 (03/221984) engine - compressor disc flew apart Singapore Airlines 368/Boeing 777-300ER (06/27/2016) engine oil leak and warning - landing with right engine catching fire Manufacturers/Engines: Corruption, Issues Top Three Jet Engine Companies GE, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce - Article Summary IB Times: World’s Top 3 Jet Engine Makers exploit booming airline market.  By Nish Amarnath (07/10/2012) http://www.ibtimes.com/worlds-top-3-jet-engine-makers-exploit-booming-airline-market-722046 Excerpt:  The world's top three jet engine makers are ramping up research and development (R&D) efforts to cash in on a booming global market for commercial airliners that has produced a huge number of orders.  Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), whose jet engine business -- its most profitable operation -- is worth about $18 billion, is working to develop a commercially viable technique for mass producing engines of carbon fiber and ceramics, materials that are two-thirds lighter than nickel and titanium alloys currently used to make engines.  Boeing's rivals are focusing their R&D on new designs. London- based Rolls-Royce Holdings (LON: RR) is on the brink of a significant upgrade to its Trent 1000-TEN engine, which is used on Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, Bloomberg News said. The (upgraded) Trent 1000-TEN will deliver 3 percent better fuel burn than the current model, Robert Nuttall, vice president of strategic marketing at Rolls-Royce said on Tuesday, during a briefing at the Farnborough Air Show outside London. The Trent 1000-TEN would be fielded in 2016, he said.  Meanwhile, Pratt & Whitney, owned by United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), recently launched its so-called PurePower PW1200G engine with a high-pressure compressor, a low-emissions combustor and a state-of-the-art stub wing, MarketWatch said Tuesday. The engine features an improved gear system that helps the engine fan operate at higher speeds than those of lower-pressure compressors and turbines. It will be used to power the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation's Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the company said.  http://www.ibtimes.com/worlds-top-3-jet-engine-makers-exploit-booming-airline-market-722046 Rolls Royce  Reuters: Rolls-Royce could face prosecution in bribery probe.  By Rhys Jones and Kirstin Ridley (12/06/2012) http://www.reuters.com/article/us-rolls-royce-sfo-idUSBRE8B50M120121206 Ainonline: Rolls-Royce Settles Corruption Case with $812 Million in Fines  by Charles Alcock   (01/17/2017) Excerpt: The SFO investigation, which began in 2012, covered multiple instances in which various intermediaries acting on behalf of Rolls-Royce in different countries made improper payments and gifts to secure deals for engines for civil and military aircraft, as well as for industrial energy generation equipment. The company faced charges of 12 counts of conspiracy to corrupt and failure to prevent bribery relating to the activities of the intermediaries. The actions in question included dealings involving contracts with Indonesian airline Garuda, Thai Airways and China Eastern Airline http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/aerospace/2017-01-17/rolls-royce-settles-corruption-case-812-million-fines Financial Times: Rolls Royce humbled by long list of corruption offences https://www.ft.com/content/5c85eab6-dcd5-11e6-86ac-f253db7791c6 Telegraph: Rolls Royce aerospace head quits as bribery fears mount By Graham Ruddick (05/04/2013) Notice the connection of Rolls Royce/aerospace to Singapore in this article - ie, Fat Leonard Case. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/10037809/Rolls-Royce-aerospace-head-quits-as-bribery-fears- mount.html GE Aviation GE Aviation Website - Engines https://www.geaviation.com/commercial/engines/genx-engine FCPA Stanford: United States of America v. General Electric Company. Prosecuting Agency: US Department Justice. (07/22/1992) http://fcpa.stanford.edu/enforcement-action.html?id=22 LA Times:  GE Pleads Guilty to Fraud in Arms Deal : Defense: The company will pay a $69-million penalty in the sale of jet engines to Israel.  By Henry Weinstein (07/23/1992) http://articles.latimes.com/1992-07-23/business/fi-4384_1_ge-aircraft-engines Excerpt:  General Electric Co. pleaded guilty to criminal fraud charges and agreed to pay $69 million in criminal and civil penalties Wednesday in a massive fraud and bribery scandal involving the sale of military jet engines to Israel.  In a federal court in Cincinnati, GE agreed to reimburse the U.S. Treasury $59.5 million to resolve a civil fraud suit, making it the largest settlement of a whistle-blower-initiated government fraud lawsuit in U.S. history. The company also agreed to a $9.5-million criminal fine, according to Allen K. Tolen, special agent in charge of the FBI's Cincinnati office.  The announcement marked the latest chapter in a case that has rocked the Israeli air force--and is still not concluded. Tolen said the FBI investigation is ongoing. It is anticipated that individuals, including some GE employees involved in the scandal, will be indicted.  U.S. District Judge Carl B. Rubin approved the settlement, in which GE admitted diverting $40 million in U.S. military aid intended for Israel. http://articles.latimes.com/1992-07-23/business/fi-4384_1_ge-aircraft-engines Law 360:  $6.6M Settlement Unsealed In GE Aviation Fraud Case. By Dietrich Knauth Case filed 2011 https://www.law360.com/articles/453422 Excerpt:  An Ohio federal judge on Wednesday revealed a $6.6 million settlement in a previously sealed False Claims Act suit over GE Aviation Systems LLC's sale of nonconforming jet fighter fuel tanks to the Navy.  U.S. District Judge S. Arthur Spiegel unsealed the settlement at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice, which said Wednesday that the settlement was part of a multiyear investigation by the local California offices of the Defense Contract Management Agency, the Defense Contract Audit Agency, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Navy Criminal Investigative Service.  The complaint, which was filed under seal in May 2011 by former GEAS employee Jeffrey Adler, alleged that GEAS knowingly failed to comply with contract specifications and required quality-control procedures in connection with 641 fuel tanks that it sold for use on the Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter jet. The lawsuit also claimed that GEAS falsely told another government contractor that GEAS had completed required inspections on landing gear used in Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters.  “In this case, some of the hardware sold to the government did not meet quality-control standards, and that failure could have put our service members at risk,” said Andre Birotte Jr., U.S. attorney for the Central District of California.  “This multimillion-dollar settlement is designed to ensure that General Electric Aviation Systems does not engage in this type of misconduct in the future, and this case should serve as a warning to any government contractor who thinks it can cut corners.” https://www.law360.com/articles/453422 Pratt & Whitney (United Technologies) Wikipedia: Pratt & Whitney Excerpt:  Pratt & Whitney is an American aerospace manufacturer with global service operations. It is a subsidiary of United Technologies (UTC). Pratt & Whitney's aircraft engines are widely used in both civil aviation (especially airlines) and military aviation. Its headquarters are in East Hartford, Connecticut.[2] As one of the "big three" aero-engine manufacturers, it competes with General Electric and Rolls-Royce, although it has also formed joint ventures with both of these companies. In addition to aircraft engines, Pratt & Whitney manufactures gas turbines for industrial and power generation, and marine turbines https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratt_%26_Whitney Reuters:  Pratt's F135 engine chief, other employees leave after ethics issue. By Andrea Shalal (01/13/2017) http://www.reuters.com/article/us-utc-pratt-management-idUSKBN14X291 Excerpt:  Ten employees of United Technologies Corp's (UTX.N) Pratt & Whitney unit, including the head of its F135 engine program, have left the company after an internal audit uncovered an ethics issue linked to a visit by a South Korean delegation, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.  Three sources said the ethics problem occurred during a business trip by South Korean military officials to the United States several years ago but only came to light in an internal audit launched in 2016. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-utc-pratt-management-idUSKBN14X291 US Aero Arms Summit Bribery:  FBI eyes possible corruption in aerospace By Andrea Shalal Esa (09/09/2011) Excerpt:  U.S. law enforcement officials are tracking possible bribery and corruption issues involving the global aerospace industry and foreign state-owned airlines, according to legal and government sources.According to a document obtained by Reuters, the FBI briefed other government agencies in June about a project focused on possible corruption associated with sales and maintenance contracts between aerospace companies and state-owned airlines. While the aerospace industry has long been subject to such scrutiny, the new initiative focuses on sales and maintenance contracts on the commercial side, not in defense. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-aero-arms-summit-bribery-idUSTRE78876G20110909 Anti-Corruption Digest:  Qatar Airways says Pratt & Whitney engines not adequately tested. By “Anti-Corruption Digest.”  (03/10/2016) http://anticorruptiondigest.com/anti-corruption-news/2016/03/10/qatar-airways-says-pratt-whitney-engines-not-adequately- tested/#axzz4nhMOhC5D Excerpt:  The head of Qatar Airways kept up pressure on U.S. engine maker Pratt & Whitney over delays and technical problems on Wednesday, saying engines for its Airbus A320neo aircraft had not been adequately tested. Qatar Airways was due to be the first airline to receive the recently revamped aircraft, but has refused to take them because of engine glitches. Last month, it threatened to switch to alternative engine supplier CFM International. “I don’t think this engine was tested adequately, especially for the temperatures in which Qatar Airways will operate,” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said. “We will only accept it when we are fully satisfied that it can operate efficiently and safely at Qatar operations (and)…once we get sufficient performance guarantees and undertakings from both Airbus and Pratt and Whitney,” he told a news conference at the ITB tourism exhibition in Berlin.  http://anticorruptiondigest.com/anti-corruption-news/2016/03/10/qatar-airways-says-pratt-whitney-engines-not-adequately- tested/#axzz4nhMOhC5D Justice dot gov:  United Technologies Subsidiary Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges for Helping China Develop New Attack Helicopter.  United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Hamilton Sundstrand Corporations Also Agree to Pay More Than $75 Million to U.S. Government  (06/28/2012) https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/united-technologies-subsidiary-pleads-guilty-criminal-charges-helping-china-develop-new  Excerpt:  BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (PWC), a Canadian subsidiary of the Connecticut-based defense contractor United Technologies Corporation (UTC), today pleaded guilty to violating the Arms Export Control Act and making false statements in connection with its illegal export to China of U.S.-origin military software used in the development of China’s first modern military attack helicopter, the Z-10.  In addition, UTC, its U.S.-based subsidiary Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation (HSC) and PWC have all agreed to pay more than $75 million as part of a global settlement with the Justice Department and State Department in connection with the China arms export violations and for making false and belated disclosures to the U.S. government about these illegal exports. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/united-technologies-subsidiary-pleads-guilty-criminal-charges-helping-china-develop-new New York Times:  Military Contractors Are Fined Over Aid to China By Michael Schmidt (06/28/2012) Excerpt:  WASHINGTON — A Canadian subsidiary of the Connecticut-based military contractor the United Technologies Corporation pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges that it had illegally helped the Chinese government develop an attack helicopter now in service there.  As part of a settlement with the Justice and State Departments, the military contractor, the Canadian subsidiary and another American subsidiary agreed to pay more than $75 million to the departments for making false statements to federal authorities.  The helicopter, known as the Z-10, seats two people and is designed mainly to attack tanks, armored vehicles and other ground forces. It is being mass produced in China. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/29/business/global/arms-contractor-pleads-guilty-on-china-exports.html Globe and Mail:  Pratt & Whitney Canada pleads guilty in military software case.  By Bertrand Marotte (06/28/2012) https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/pratt-whitney-canada-pleads-guilty-in-military-software- case/article4377357/ Huffington Post: Pratt & Whitney Canada Pleads Guilty To Exporting Military Software To China . By Ross Marowits (06/28/2012) http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/06/28/pratt-whitney-canada-arms-china_n_1635277.html Connecticut Mirror: Pentagon blames Pratt & Whitney suppliers for F-135 engine problems By Ana Radelat (04/26/2016) https://ctmirror.org/2016/04/26/pentagon-blames-pratt-whitney-suppliers-for-f-135-engine-problems/ Excerpt:   The quality of Pratt & Whitney’s F-135 engine – and the company’s supply chain – came under scrutiny Tuesday by a key Senate panel  as part of a review of the status of the problem-plagued Joint Strike Fighter program.  “I’m particularly concerned about the performance of the F-135, given that Pratt & Whitney was recently selected to build the engine for the B-1 (bomber),” said Sen. Joe Donnelly, whose home state of Indiana lost a bid to build an alternative to the F-135 engine through a partnership between General Electric and Rolls-Royce.  Donnelly also said he was concerned about Pentagon reports of “recurring manufacturing quality issues that have been an issue for Pratt & Whitney for the F-135.”  Testifying at the Senate Armed Services hearing, Air Force Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, head of the Pentagon’s F-35 Lightning II Joint Program, said the fault was “primarily not at the Pratt & Whitney level but at the suppliers level.” Setty Southam: Did Pratt-Whitney do all it could to avoid a corrupt deal (01/12/2015) https://settysoutham.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/did-pratt-whitney-do-all-it-could-to-avoid-a-corrupt-deal/ WSJ https://www.wsj.com/articles/utx-expects-pratt-whitney-canada-arm-to-post-870-million-charge-1452087916 Bloomberg https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-25/u-s-said-to-be-closing-in-on-venezuelan-asset-seizures-charges FCPA http://fcpaprofessor.com/companies-resolved-fcpa-enforcement-actions-currently-fcpa-scrutiny-helping-change-world/ Republic Report https://www.republicreport.org/2012/f35-conflict-interest/ RUDDERS Rudder issues Note: see also Airbus crashes involving rudders (ie, compare and contrast with Boeing) Parker Hannifin           Wikipedia: Boeing 737 Rudder Issues Excerpt:  During the 1990s, a series of rudder issues on Boeing 737 aircraft resulted in multiple incidents. In two separate accidents, pilots lost control of their Boeing 737 aircraft due to a sudden and unexpected movement of the rudder, and the resulting crashes killed everyone aboard. A total of 157 people aboard the two aircraft were killed.[1] Similar rudder issues led to a temporary loss of control on at least one other Boeing 737 flight before the problem was ultimately identified. The National Transportation Safety Board ultimately determined that the accidents and incidents were the result of a design flaw which could result in an uncommanded movement of the aircraft's rudder.[2]:13[3]:ix The issues were resolved after the NTSB identified the cause of the rudder malfunction and the Federal Aviation Administration ordered repairs for all Boeing 737 aircraft in service. https://en.wikipedia dot org/wiki/Boeing_737_rudder_issues Aviation:  What happens after a rudder hardover https://aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/15250/what-happens-after-a-rudder-hardover ABC News:  737 Rudder Problems Remain? ABC news, Seattle, Sept. 13, no year given no real author. http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/story?id=118674 Excerpt:  Efforts to fix rudder problems in the Boeing 737, the world’s most common jetliner, have not eliminated malfunctions that “could be catastrophic,” the National Transportation Safety Board concluded.In a report released in July, the board detailed its investigation into the 1991 crash of United Airlines Flight 585 in 1991 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the crash of USAir Flight 427 near Pittsburgh in 1994. All 157 people on the two 737s died.The 737 is the only commercial jet with a rudder controlled by a single hydraulic valve. Other jets have multiple valves that can compensate for each other if one jams.  Single Valve Danger:The single valve has shown a tendency to jam, causing rogue deflections of the sort that apparently affected a Metrojet flight in February, officials said.  The crew reported that the rudder pedal appeared to move without being touched, at one point causing the 737-200 to turn to the right. The crew managed to land safely, partly by shutting down the plane’s main hydraulic system. Had the rudder remained jammed, the plane could have rolled into a high-speed dive.  The NTSB report lists 112 such “rudder events” on Boeing 737 flights in the past two decades.  “The 737 series airplanes ... remain susceptible to rudder system malfunctions that could be catastrophic,” the 346-page report said. http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/story?id=118674 Irish Times: Aircraft has history of rudder problems https://www.irishtimes.com/news/aircraft-has-history-of-rudder-problems-1.1128845 Popular Mechanics: Airplane crashes that changed aviation [includes rudder] http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/g73/10-airplane-crashes-that-changed-aviation/ http://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=227667 Times online:  Flight 427 NTSB Rudder problem likely cause of plane crash http://www.timesonline.com/flight427/ntsb-rudder-problem-likely-cause-of-plane-crash/article_fab7f60d-f0ca-5872-b826- 03192fbc5ebc.html LAP JOINTS Lap Joints/Boeing ABC News: SW Emergency Landing: Boeing Knew of 737 Crack Problem.By Lisa Stark, Matt Hosford, Bradley Blackburn (04/05/2011) http://abcnews.go.com/US/southwest-airlines-boeing-knew-737-flaw-expect-problem/story?id=13300089 Excerpt:  The aviation giant Boeing admitted today that it was aware of weaknesses in its 737 jets, but it never expected a 15-year- old Southwest Airlines jet to crack open in mid-flight.  In a conference call with reporters, Boeing officials acknowledged that they knew of problems with the lap joints that bind together the fuselage of the plane, but they didn't expect it to be an issue until the 737 jets had been through many more takeoff and landing cycles than the plane that got into trouble Friday.  "Our plan was to recommend inspections at 60,000 cycles. Obviously, none are close to that at this point in time," said Paul Richter, the chief project engineer for Boeing's 737 classic. "It is regrettable that we had to accelerate our plans based on an event of this nature."  The 15-year-old Southwest Airlines jet, which tore open along its lap joint last Friday, had 39,000 takeoff and landing cycles.  Boeing's 737 classics were manufactured from 1984 until 2000. In 1993, Boeing redesigned its 737 due to problems with the lap- joint design, but the problem Southwest jet was manufactured after that redesign. http://abcnews.go.com/US/southwest-airlines-boeing-knew-737-flaw-expect-problem/story?id=13300089 New York Times: Hole in Southwest Jet Attributed to Crack. By Joseph Berger, Duff Wilson  (04/03/2011) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/business/04plane.html McDonnell Douglas (Merged with Boeing in 1996) Note:  You will still see these planes mentioned.  Old ties and problems could conceivably be linked through to Boeing from McDonnell Douglas’ time. Endgame dot org:  Mergers, Break-ups, Affiliations with past and current companies, etc. http://www.endgame.org/boeing.html Excerpt:  ACQUISITIONS AND MERGERS.  In 1990, Boeing sold its 15 percent interest in Peabody (Coal) Holding Co. to Hanson PLC. In 1996, Boeing acquired Rockwell International's Aerospace and Defense Electronics. In 1997, Boeing's acquisition of McDonnell Douglas was cleared by federal antitrust regulators; the combined corporation is expected to employ 200,000 people in 27 American states and several other countries, and collect revenues of $48 billion per year. http://www.endgame.org/boeing.html Airbus Corruption, Issues Biz Journals: Airbus Fraud Probe (03/17/2017) https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2017/03/17/corruption-probe-targeting-boeing-rival-airbus.html Haaretz:  Force Airbus to Confront Its Nazi Roots:  Despite the recent purchase, no one is uttering a word about the deep involvement of Airbus' German owners in Nazi slave labor.  Arkia Airlines Purchase. By Anshel Pfeffer.  07/12/2012 haaretz dot com/israel-news/arkia-s-purchase-of-airliners-should-force-airbus-to-confront-its-nazi-roots-1.450743 New York Times:  Wikileaks Boeing: Diplomats Help Push Sales of Jetliners on the Global Market (01/03/2011) Excerpt: This is the high-stakes, international bazaar for large commercial jets, where tens of billions of dollars are on the line, along with hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs. At its heart, it is a wrestling match fought daily by executives at two giant companies, Boeing and Airbus, in which each controls about half of the global market for such planes.  To a greater degree than previously known, diplomats are a big part of the sales force, according to hundreds of cables released by WikiLeaks, which describe politicking and cajoling at the highest levels. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/03/business/03wikileaks-boeing.html?pagewanted=all Fortune:  China Deal 23 billion (07/05/2017) http://fortune.com/2017/07/05/airbus-china-deal-23-billion/ Bombardier - Canadian Against Crony Capitalism: Boeing to U.S.: Put tariffs on Canadian rival Bombardier (04/2017) http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org/2017/04/boeing-to-u-s-put-tariffs-on-canadian-rival-bombardier/ FAA Corruption FAA and Boeing - Corruption Issues The Last Boeing Inspector: Boeing FAA working together fraud negating Boeing airplane quality http://www.thelastboeinginspector.com/the-boeing-faa-working-together-fraud-negating-boeing-airplane-quality.html Seattle Times: Falsified Papers, Sloppy Work Led to Fine Boeing http://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/falsified-papers-sloppy-work-led-faa-to-fine-boeing/ FAA dot gov: JAL 123 (Japan Airlines Co., Ltd) Aircraft Accident Investigation Report  08/12/1985 (resource obtained from George Eastman’s thelastboeinginspector.com) http://lessonslearned.faa.gov/Japan123/JAL123_Acc_Report.pdf FAA Corruption - General Defrauding America: FAA Corruption http://www.defraudingamerica.com/faa_corruption.html CBS News: Whistleblower says he was threatened.  By “CBS News” (04/03/2008) http://www.cbsnews.com/news/faa-whistleblower-says-he-was-threatened/ Excerpt:  A House committee reported the findings of its investigation into the Federal Aviation Agency's safety oversight Thursday and heard testimony from airline safety inspectors and the Transportation Department's inspector general. The whistleblowers who exposed maintenance and inspection problems at Southwest Airlines told Congress their jobs were threatened and their reports of noncompliance were ignored for years by their superiors.  FAA inspector Douglas Peters choked up Thursday at the hearing and needed a few sips of water to tell lawmakers about how a former manager came into his office, commented on pictures of Peters' family being most important, and then said his job could be jeopardized by his actions.  Rep. James Oberstar, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said FAA managers' actions displayed "malfeasance bordering on corruption," adding that if presented to a grand jury, the evidence would result in an indictment….Both FAA whistleblowers - Charalambe Boutris and Peters - said the agency views the airlines as its "customers" instead of companies to be regulated. They said the FAA's chief maintenance inspector at Southwest, Douglas T. Gawadzinski, knowingly allowed Southwest to keep planes flying that put passengers at risk, and that another inspector knew of the problem and did nothing….In testimony prepared for the hearing, Brantley details maintenance and safety issues at United, Continental Airlines Inc., Northwest Airlines Corp., Hawaiian Airlines Inc. and elsewhere where the carriers were given great leeway by the FAA to correct problems that inspectors on the ground said merited more serious attention. Financial penalties for infractions suggested by inspectors against United and other carriers also were ignored or significantly reduced by the time they were assessed, he added. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/faa-whistleblower-says-he-was-threatened/ Infowars:  Whistleblower exposes massive corruption within FAA https://www.infowars.com/whistleblower-exposes-massive-corruption-within-faa/ Wiki Leaks USA:  FAA corruption http://www.wikileaksusa.org/m_faa_corruption.html NAP dot edu chapter one https://www.nap.edu/read/13189/chapter/1 Lockheed Martin Corruption/Issues Forbes:  Lockheed fined 4.7 million for fraudulent taxpayer paid lobbying with most corrupt ex-Representative Wilson.  By Charles Tiefer (08/31/2015) Excerpt:   Lockheed is not merely the biggest defense contractor in the world, it has a “chokehold” on the nation’s defense funding. This is a $2.4 billion contract for Sandia to run major parts of the government’s nuclear weapons complex in Albuquerque and Livermore, which were under Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Even by Lockheed standards, it is huge. https://www.forbes.com/sites/charlestiefer/2015/08/31/lockheed-fined-4-7-million-for-fraudulent-taxpayer-paid-lobbying-with- most-corrupt-ex-rep-wilson/#1145b1ee46c0 The Atlantic:   Uncle Sam buys an airplane. How Lockheed Martin beat Boeing. By James Fallows (06/2002 issue) …for the biggest military contract in history—and how that one contract could change the way the military builds and pays for its weapons [notice this is in the year following 9/11; also notice the politicians listed who showed emotional involvement] Excerpt:  The live broadcast from the Pentagon began, and for ten minutes officials seemed to make a game out of delaying the information everyone wanted to hear: whether the JSF contract would go to the team at Lockheed Martin or to a competing team at Boeing. Finally James Roche, the Secretary of the Air Force, took the podium to announce the winner. "Both proposals were very good," he said. "Both demo programs were very good. But on the basis of strengths, weaknesses, and degrees of risk of the program, it is our conclusion ... that the Lockheed Martin team is the winner of the Joint Strike Fighter program on a best-value basis."  Before the word "Lockheed" was fully out of Roche's mouth, the audience in Fort Worth erupted and drowned out the rest of his remarks. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican from Texas who had come to show her support, leaped into the air and screamed. So did Kay Granger, a former mayor of Fort Worth https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2002/06/uncle-sam-buys-an-airplane/302509/ Northrup Grumman Corruption Washington Post:  Lockheed Martin pays $4.7 million to settle charges it lobbied for federal contract with federal money. By Lisa Rein (2015) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/federal-eye/wp/2015/08/24/after-allegations-that-it-lobbied-with-federal-money-to- block-competition-lockheed-martin-agrees-to-pay-almost-5-million/?utm_term=.e26dd7ca4faf New York Times: Northrup Grumman wins 21.4 billion Pentagon contract (2015) https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/28/business/northrop-grumman-wins-21-4-billion-pentagon-contract.html Huffington Post: The Real Scandal Involving Generals. By Robert Greenwald (11/19/2012, updated 2013) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-greenwald/once-a-soldier-always-a-s_b_2161490.html Excerpt: What do Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman have in common? Each of these corporations is one of the top five largest defense contractors in the nation. In 2011 alone, the Department of Defense committed to spending nearly $100 billion with just these five companies. To put that in perspective, that is about the same amount spent on the entire federal education budget for 2011.  But these defense contractors have one other interesting statistic in common: Between 2009 and 2011, at least nine of the top-level generals and admirals who retired took positions with these five companies. In fact, 70 percent of the 108 three-and-four star generals and admirals who retired during this time period took jobs with defense contractors or consultants. These startling statistics are just some of the insights revealed in a new report and accompanying short film released yesterday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Brave New Foundation. Entitled Strategic Maneuvers, the report reveals the extent of the Pentagon’s revolving door phenomenon, in which retired high-ranking generals and admirals cash in on their years of military experience by taking lucrative jobs with the defense industry. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-greenwald/once-a-soldier-always-a-s_b_2161490.html Bulletin: Oh, so that’s why we spend billions on corporate welfare https://bulletin.represent.us/wont-believe-corporations-get-away/ Seriously though, this is a very real thing. Let me take you back to the beginning of 2013: Obama calls for a cut in funding for the production of Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles.  Why? Because the Air Force was actively complaining that they were “not only too expensive, but unnecessary.” Seems simple, right? It wasn’t. Both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees went into an uproar and demanded funding for the Global Hawk.Allow me to explain: Bruce Hock was a prominent staff member in the Senate Armed Services Committee at the time of the controversy. Hock’s previous job: executive and lobbyist for defense contractor Northrop Grumman. Oh, did I mention that Northrop Grumman is the corporation that produces the Global Hawk and stood to lose millions if funding dropped? When he made the jump into government:[Hock] received up to $450,000 in bonus and incentive pay from Northrop Grumman… according to disclosures filed with the Ethics Committee.”Hock isn’t alone. On the other side of Capitol Hill, a senior staffer for the House Armed Services Committee who worked for Northrop Grumman as a lobbyist, Thomas Mackenzie, received a similar bonus and severance pay worth $498,334 before assuming his position in 2011.”Let’s review: two of the most vocal proponents of paying a Northrop Grumman millions to produce something that the Air Force itself said it didn’t even want were awarded a combined  $950,000 in “bonuses” from Northrop. Hmm, they’re calling these things bonuses but I can think of another ‘B word’ that would fit here… https://bulletin.represent.us/wont-believe-corporations-get-away/ Bernie Sanders https://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/fraudulent-defense-contractors-paid-1-trillion ATC (Air Traffic Control) Corruption Social Hanger:  ATC hiring fraud. By Edward Jeszka (05/22/2015) http://www.socialhangar.net/threads/huerta-tender-your-resignation-atc-hiring-fraud-and-corruption.17868/ Fox Business: Trouble in the Skies. By Adam Shapiro, Pamela K. Browne (05/20/2015) Excerpt: Lawmakers are taking notice, in a statement to FOX Business Correspondent Adam Shapiro U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL) said. “The latest report elevates the need to dig deeper to find out what the FAA is hiding. What is clear is that the FAA’s lack of transparency and disturbing agenda puts the safety of our skies at risk. I repeat: it’s time to compel the FAA to come before Congress to answer for their actions.”   Also uncovered was an FAA effort to promote diversity that discarded 3000 qualified college graduates with degrees in air traffic control despite their following FAA procedure and obtaining FAA accredited degrees.  http://www.foxbusiness.com/features/2015/05/20/trouble-in-skies.html TSA Corruption Denver Post: Lawmakers grill TSA over corrupt insolent behavior (07/08/2016) http://www.denverpost.com/2016/07/08/lawmakers-grill-tsa-over-corrupt-insolent-behavior/ FCC/Boeing Related Issues Wireless Week: CCA pushes FCC to deny Boeing plan for satellite service in 5g spectrum (12/2016) https://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2016/12/cca-pushes-fcc-deny-boeing-plan-satellite-service-5g-spectrum AIRPORTS CORRUPTION AND ISSUES Not every airport area corruption is covered - a few are listed as examples Newark Liberty International Airport - see Airlines United Airlines and Port Authority corruption USA Today:  Corruption still pays in New Jersey.  March 9, 2017 editorial opinion piece https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/03/09/david-samson-corruption-port-authority/98969454/ Excerpt:  David Samson abused his power as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He pressured United Airlines into maintaining a special weekly flight near his South Carolina home, even though the route consistently lost money. Samson threatened to scuttle United’s hangar project at Newark Liberty International Airport if the airline didn’t deliver.  Samson admitted all of this in federal court. His punishment was decided on Monday — a year of home confinement and a $100,000 fine. That’s it, along with four years probation for a 77-year-old man said to be in failing physical and mental health.  The message to other corrupt public officials in New Jersey? Go ahead and commit your crimes and hope you get away with them. The risks aren’t that bad. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/03/09/david-samson-corruption-port-authority/98969454/ John F. Kennedy Airport Corruption, Events, Issues Hashish Smuggling https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/newyork/press-releases/2009/nyfo031109a.htm Port Authority/NY/NJ Area Corruption - airports linked to broader area-wide corruption issues even if not directly discussed in articles below http://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-port-authority-the-corrupt-powerhouse-behind-christies-bridgegate-scandal http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-david-samson-united-corruption-20160714-snap-story.html https://skift.com/2016/07/14/port-authoritys-ex-chairman-pleads-guilty-to-corruption-in-getting-united-flight-to-his-vacation-home/ https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/its-time-to-kill-the-port-authority-of-new-york-and-new-jersey http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-united-investigation-0910-biz-20150909-story.html http://nypost.com/2016/02/25/port-authority-exec-charged-with-corruption-over-free-trip-to-miami/ http://www.wnyc.org/story/incredible-sinking-port-authority/ International Airports Corruption, Misc. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36185194 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_in_the_Suvarnabhumi_Airport_project https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294458-i3832-k7121884-Corruption_at_a_Romanian_airport-Bucharest.html http://ewn.co.za/2017/07/22/mbalula-committed-to-fighting-corruption-at-or-tambo-airport https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293925-i8433-k10296479-How_bad_is_corruption_and_bribe_in_vietnam_int_l_airport- Ho_Chi_Minh_City.html https://www.transparency.org/news/pressrelease/how_to_build_a_mega_airport_without_corruption http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/death-at-the-airport-exposes-web-of-corruption-in-bangladesh-1308111.html AIRLINES CORRUPTION AND ISSUES Not every airline is covered nor every related corruption and issue  - a few are listed for a variety of reasons American/US AIrways Merger;  American Airlines Calling on the DOJ: The Great American Heist: How Collusion and Nepotism Defrauded the Flight Attendants and Cheated Them Excerpt: Calling on William J. Baer, Esq, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Department of Justice.  I am writing you today as a flight attendant with American Airlines represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) with the intent of filing a complaint.  As you know, American Airlines merged with U.S. Airways last year. As part of that merger, APFA President Laura Glading agreed to an expedited negotiations process with U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker to reach a single-carrier contract with the newly formed airline. That agreement, initially referred to as the “Bridge Agreement,” was later called the Conditional Labor Agreement (CLA), and it outlined how the APFA would negotiate with the newly merged airline. https://callingonthedoj.wordpress.com/ LA Times: Confrontation http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-american-airlines-confrontation-20170422-story.html Anticorruption Digest: American Airlines workers were targets of alleged $17 million hearing aid scam (04/28/2017) http://anticorruptiondigest.com/news-topics/american-airlines/#axzz4n5zmPqf8 United Airlines Corruption New York Times: United Faces $435,000 Fine, Accused of Flying Plane 23 Times Without Inspecting Repair, F.A.A. Says. By Christine Hauser (05/31/2017) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/business/united-airlines-faa- fine.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FBoeing%20Company&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacem ent=4&pgtype=collection The Atlantic: Another Corruption Scandal in New Jersey:  The CEO of United Airlines has stepped down amid a federal investigation. (09/08/2015) https://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2015/09/united-airlines-corruption-christie/404341/ Chicago Tribune:  Jeff Smisek's United golden parachute: At least $8.4 million.  By Coroline Shropshire (09/09/2015) http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-united-smisek-severance-0910-biz-2-20150909-story.html Defrauding America:  United Airlines/FAA http://www.defraudingamerica.com/faa_corruption.html Excerpt: he problems with arrogance and corruption in the FAA air carrier operations branch were only part of the problems that Stich faced. These problems within the FAA would not have surfaced if certain key people at United Airlines had not engaged in corrupt practices that violated blocks of major federal aviation safety requirements, which they sought to cover up by falsifying government-required records. This practice resulted in a continuation of a series of airline crashes−more than all the other airlines combined. This misconduct included, for instance:Not providing crewmembers the legally required and industry accepted training for its crewmembers.  Falsifying government-required records to indicate the flight training was accomplished when the training had not been done.  No providing emergency evacuation training on the yearly basis and then falsifying records to falsely indicate that the training had been done.  Denying government inspectors access to air safety records that are required to be made accessible to federal inspectors.  Competency levels of pilots and flight engineers conducted by FAA-approved airline personnel had an anything-goes standard, which eliminated the need for additional training and saved the airline considerable money.  United Airlines personnel pressurizing FAA management to suspend or transfer government inspectors who reported the dangerous and felonious problems.  UAL management threatening inspectors that the airline would cause an inspector to be transferred if he didn't start pleasing the airline. http://www.defraudingamerica.com/faa_corruption.html NBC: United AIrlines and Port Authority Corruption http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/David-Samson-to-Plead-Guilty-United-Airlines-Probe-Newark-Airport-Port-Authority- 386723661.html Washington Post: United Airlines chief steps down amid federal investigation. By Drew Harwell and Katie Zezima (09/08/2015) Excerpt: The resignations were linked to an investigation exploring whether the air carrier launched a money-losing flight from Newark to Columbia, S.C., to benefit the influential then-chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who owned a vacation home near Columbia.  The route, which became known as the “chairman’s flight,” became a bargaining chip in the thorny relationship between the then-struggling airline and Newark Liberty International Airport, one of its key profit centers. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/united-airlines-chief-to-step-down-amid-federal- investigation/2015/09/08/de44c496-566c-11e5-abe9-27d53f250b11_story.html?utm_term=.2461ef21929f LABS Los Alamos Labs CBS News:  Nuke Lab Pays Whistleblower 1 m. By Jaime Holguin 08/20/2003 http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nuke-lab-pays-whistleblower-1m/ Sandia Labs - Lockheed Martin and Latest Honeywell Washington Post: Lockheed Martin pays $4.7 million to settle charges it lobbied for federal contract with federal money.  By Lisa Rein 08/24/2015 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/federal-eye/wp/2015/08/24/after-allegations-that-it-lobbied-with-federal-money-to- block-competition-lockheed-martin-agrees-to-pay-almost-5-million/?utm_term=.a3f428fea015 Fix Sandia Labs http://fixsandialabs.com/ Excerpts Honeywell: The Lab According to Honeywell:  Lockheed is out; Honeywell is in as of May 1, 2017. Some things are sure to change, but some never will. Sandia, after all, is still Sandia even though Sandia Corporation (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed) has morphed into the difficult to remember title “National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia” or (equally difficult) NTESS.  Will Sandia improve? Get back on the right course? Become an asset to DOE and the US? http://fixsandialabs.com/ INTERNATIONAL AVIATION CORRUPTION/ISSUES - MISC. Nation:  FIA summons two PIA directors in corruption probe (Pakistan aviation corruption) (04/03/2017) http://nation.com.pk/newspaper-picks/03-Apr-2017/fia-summons-two-pia-directors-in-corruption-probe
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