u.s. dept. of homeland security — Secretary Michael Chertoff seeks to adopt novel Israeli methods, like behavior-detection technologies, to better secure America’s airports. Chertoff, at a conference in Jerusalem for security ministers from around the world, signs an agreement with Israel to share technology and information on methods to improve homeland security.
u.s. dot inspector general — will examine traffic controllers at LAX and at the Terminal Radar Approach Control in San Diego and Sacramento at the request of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who charges that the country’s air traffic control towers could be short-handed. FAA projects that more than half of its roughly 14,800 air traffic controllers are expected to retire by 2017.
u.s. dot — criminal investigators reportedly are looking into potential irregularities involving subcontractors on a $44 million runway restoration project at Detroit Metro Airport. Two lawsuits filed in Wayne County Circuit Court by John Carlo Inc., the general contractor rebuilding one of Metro’s four parallel runways, say in court papers that two of its subcontractors conspired to mislead it about minority participation.
• DOT Secretary Mary E. Peters announces a new rule to make it more difficult for transportation workers to cheat on drug tests by requiring drug testing labs to analyze every test for tampering. Under the terms of the rule, labs would no longer have the option of testing urine samples for signs of cheating, but instead would be required to test every specimen for possible adulterants and urine substitutes.
visalia (CA) municipal airport — explores passenger flights to Ontario Int’l Airport via a proposal by Wyoming-based Great Lakes Airlines to offer flights to both Ontario and McCarran Int’l airports. Visalia has been without service since Mesa Air Group’s bankrupt Air Midwest pulled out May 31.
wayman aviation service, inc. — of Miami is the first flight training center in Florida to make the Frasca MENTOR Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) available to general aviation pilots and students. Based on the GARMIN G1000 glass system, MENTOR is suited for glass cockpit initial training, glass-transition training, or recurrent training.
zoom airlines — launches service between San Diego Int’l Airport and London’s Gatwick Airport, with twice weekly direct flights.
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