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  • National Transportation Safety Board says First Officer, Captain Actions, Aviation Industry Practices, Led to Fatal Atlas Air Crash

    National Transportation Safety Board says First Officer, Captain Actions, Aviation Industry Practices, Led to Fatal Atlas Air Crash | site |



    (July 14, 2020) - - Today, July 14, 2020, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:

    ​WASHINGTON (July 14, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board determined during a public board meeting held Tuesday that Atlas Air flight 3591 crashed in Trinity Bay, Texas, because of the first officer’s inappropriate response to an inadvertent activation of the airplane’s go-around mode, resulting in his spatial disorientation that led him to place the airplane in a steep descent from which the crew did not recover.

    The accident happened Feb. 23, 2019, when the Atlas Air Boeing 767 cargo jet entered a rapid descent from about 6,000 feet and impacted a marshy bay about 40 miles from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The captain, first
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  • U.S Department of Transportation modifies Order Regarding Chinese Carriers

    U.S Department of Transportation modifies Order Regarding Chinese Carriers

    U.S. Department of Transportation modifies Order Regarding Chinese Carriers | site |



    (August 18, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Transportation published today, August 18, 2020, the following information:

    Today, the Department of Transportation issued an Order that to allow the four Chinese airlines currently performing scheduled passenger services to the United States to increase their services to eight weekly round-trip flights. This aggregate level of service is equivalent to the total number of flights now permitted by the Chinese aviation authorities for U.S. carriers. As of August 12, the two U.S. carriers currently operating scheduled passenger service in the U.S.-China passenger market, United Airlines (“United”) and Delta Air Lines (“Delta”), had qualified for additional flight frequencies pursuant to the terms of the Civil Aviation Authority of China (“CAAC”) Notice of March 26, 2020. Accordingly, United and Delta are
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Modernizes Hours of Service Rules to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for America’s Truckers

    U.S. Department of Transportation Modernizes Hours of Service Rules to Improve Safety and Increase Flexibility for America’s Truckers| site |








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    (May 14, 2020) - - Today (May 14, 2020), the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today published a final rule updating hours of service (HOS) rules to increase safety on America’s roadways by updating existing regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. “America’s truckers are doing a heroic job keeping our supply chains open during this unprecedented time and these rules will provide ...
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  • National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force Submits Report

    National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force Submits Report

    National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force Submits Report| site |



    Report submitted to USDOT’s Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee


    (March 16, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) published today (March 16, 2020) the following information:

    Today, the National In-Flight Sexual Misconduct Task Force submitted its report on in-flight sexual misconduct on commercial flights.

    The report was submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Aviation Consumer Protection Advisory Committee (ACPAC). ACPAC will consider this report in making recommendations to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao later this year. The report is available at https://www.transportation.gov/indiv...ights-national . The Task Force listened to first-hand accounts from passengers and flight attendants who experienced in-flight sexual misconduct, and about actions that airlines and law enforcement had taken a
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  • Amtrak Statement - - Coronavirus Update, 2:00 p.m. CT, Mar. 8

    Amtrak Statement - - Coronavirus Update, 2:00 p.m. CT, Mar. 8

    Amtrak Statement: Coronavirus Update, 2:00 p.m. CT, Mar. 8.| site |



    (March 9, 2020) - - On March 8, 2020 Amtrak published the following information:

    Amtrak Statement: Coronavirus Update, 2:00 p.m. CT, Mar. 8.


    At Amtrak, safety is our top priority. We have received notification from St. Louis County, Mo. that an individual who traveled on Amtrak train 303 (Chicago – St. Louis) on March 4, 2020, has tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus. We are working in close contact with public health and emergency management teams to have the best available information to be able to share with our customers and employees who might be affected. Amtrak is notifying passengers and employees who may have been on the same train, and as a precaution, we have taken the train out of service for comprehensive cleaning and disinfection, and are also working to do a thorough disinfection of the Chicago and St. Louis stations. For more in...
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  • U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Final Rule to Enhance Air Carrier Pilot Development

    U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Final Rule to Enhance Air Carrier Pilot Development| site |



    (February 25, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a final rule aimed at enhancing the professional development of air carrier pilots. The Pilot Professional Development rule requires specific training for newly-hired pilots and supplemental training for captains. “When I met with the Colgan Flight 3407 families, they emphasized how important this rule on pilot training was in elevating safety in the aviation sector. I am glad that the Department has been successful in finalizing this rule,” said U. S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. All captains are now required to receive leadership and command training, as well as mentoring training, so that they may effectively mentor
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  • Maritime Administration Announces More Than $280 Million in Grants for Nation’s Ports

    Maritime Administration Announces More Than $280 Million in Grants for Nation’s Ports| site |


    New grants will provide critical infrastructure support


    (February 14, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced that it has awarded more than $280 million in discretionary grant funding through the new Port Infrastructure Development Program. This funding is designed to improve port facilities at or near coastal seaports. “Ports are gateways to the world and port infrastructure investments will improve the regional economy, increase productivity and economic competitiveness, and create more jobs,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The Port Infrastructure Development Program supports efforts by ports and industry stakeholders to improve facility and freight infrastructure...
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  • 10 NTSB Safety Recommendations Issued Following Incident Investigation Preliminary Findings

    10 National Transportation Safety Board Safety Recommendations Issued Following Incident Investigation Preliminary Findings| site |


    (January 29, 2020) - - Today (January 29, 2020), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information: Based on preliminary findings from its ongoing investigation of an incident involving an Embraer-175 airplane, the NTSB issued 10 safety recommendations Wednesday to address safety issues identified in the investigation. The NTSB issued six safety recommendations to the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) and four to the Federal Aviation Administration. The recommendations are designed to address areas of concern including wire chafing, application of Embraer service bulletins relating to the pitch trim switch, and potential limitations in checklist memory items for pilots to address unintended operation of the pitch trim system. The investigation and recommendations stem from a Nov. 6, 2019, incident ...
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  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Calls on Transportation Industry to Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Calls on Transportation Industry to "Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking"| site |


    (January 28, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced a series of efforts to combat human trafficking in the transportation sector. Secretary Chao was joined by leaders from Congress, state governments, and the transportation industry responding to this call to action.

    “The U.S. Department of Transportation is committed to working with our public and private partners to fight human trafficking on America’s transportation system,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

    Among the initiatives announced by Secretary Chao is a renewed focus on the “Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking” pledge to train the transportation workforce and raise public awareness on the
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  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces New Initiatives to Improve Safety on America’s Roads

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces New Initiatives to Improve Safety on America’s Roads| site |



    (January 15, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information: WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao today spoke at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) where she announced new transportation initiatives aimed at harnessing new and existing technologies to improve safety for the traveling public and first responders. “These safety initiatives will make a difference in saving lives and help prevent injuries among first responders and all road users,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. Today, Secretary Chao announced the next phase of the Partnership for Analytics Research in Traffic Safety (PARTS) program. PARTS II expands participation in the PARTS program to include almost 70% of the U.S. automobile market a...
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