CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 15, 1988
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(Studio: Susan Spencer) Aviation situation featured. Report introduced.
(DC: Robert Schakne) Aging of airplanes reported; scenes shown of Aloha Airlines with damaged fuselage. [Representative Dan GLICKMAN - says aircraft is being pushed to its end limits.] Figs. on airplane fleet age outlined on screen. [National Trans. Safety Association spokesperson Wayne WILLIAMS - says plane problems must be repaired before they become critical.] Stress on planes in flight detailed; animation shown. [Boeing spokesperson Phil CONDIT - says parts can be replaced.] [Aviation safety critic John NANCE - blames problem on maintenance.] [WILLIAMS - discusses FAA's problems.] [Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Mike ZIELINSKI - says Federal Aviation Administration can only spot check.] Use of black box flight recorders by military to monitor airplanes noted.
(Studio: Susan Spencer) Report introduced.
(Baltimore, Maryland: Gary Reaves) Safety problems in commuter airlines featured; details given, scenes shown. [PASSENGER - describes flying on "puddle jumper."] [Regional Airline Association spokesperson John FREDERICKSEN - discusses expansion and safety.] Pilot problem for commuter airlines discussed. [Aviation Safety Institution spokesperson John GALIPAULT - says commuter lines have been "training academies" for pilots going to major airlines.] Issue of pilot error in commuter crashes reported [NTSB. spokesperson John LAUBER - discusses fundamental errors.] [Henson Airlines spokesperson Dick HENSON -says you have to work at safety.] Problem of training new pilots to replace those hired by major airlines noted. [HENSON - comments.] [FREDERICKSEN - comments on safety.]
(Studio: Susan Spencer) Pvt. planes featured; details given, scenes shown. [Pilot Wayne SHOPER - talks about flying.] Declining sales figs. for single engine planes outlined on screen; costs of these planes noted. [General Aviation Mfg. Association spokesperson Edward SIMPSON - blames liability cases for declining small planes sales.] For. companies noted moving into planes market; scenes shown of Aerospatiale Helicopter Corporation plant in Grand Prairie, Texas. [Piper Aircraft Company spokesperson M. Stuart MILLAR - explains bringing back Piper Cub plane.] Overall aviation safety reviewed.