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Aviation Aviation World Corruption
Updates: 08/15/2017 Raytheon subsection started; Southwest Airlines corruption/lawsuits material added; Airline Corruption page started - shifted material there from this page; 08/07/2017: unions transferred to a separate page for general union coverage including aviation; 08/06/2017 union corruption subsection incl. both aviation and general union corruption; 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 SYSTEM ABUSE - AVIATION Aviation Corruption AVIATION WORLD ISSUES AND CORRUPTION Airline Corruption (separate page)     Corporation Corruption (separate page)     Crashes (separate page)     Labs (separate page) Parts Manufacturer corruption (separate page)     Union Blues (separate page): Corruption involving unions     Scabs     Mobs      Unions/Boeing     Airport corruption/issues         Airbus      Sandia Labs (Lockheed and latest Honeywell)      Los Alamos Labs     Bombardier (Canada)    Air Traffic Control (ATC) Corruption     FAA     TSA Corruption     Aviation World Issues and Corruption-separate page      Aviation World Links    See also:  Brief Links (Aviation)     Boeing Corruption 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 Reuters: US Boeing General Dynamics Settlement http://www.reuters.com/article/us-boeing-generaldynamics-settlement-idUSBREA0M22820140124 Time: Here Are the 5 Companies Making a Killing Off Wars Around the World. By Vince Calio, Alexander Hess (03/14/2014) http://time.com/24735/here-are-the-5-companies-making-a-killing-off-wars-around-the-world/ 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 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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