Aviation

Ocean plane crash movie postponed

An Australian movie about a plane crash over ocean waters is being postponed in light of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, The Associated Press reports.

Sydney, Australia-based movie studio Arclight Films said the plotline of its proposed film “Deep Water” was not identical to the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the Malaysia Air flight, but the managing director of the movie said it would probably have hit too close to home with the plane still missing.

“We're delaying it out of respect for what's going on," Managing Director Gary Hamilton said, according to the report.

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Norwegian Air pushes back on work condition criticism

Norwegian Airlines is pushing back on criticism of its work conditions in an escalating battle over whether it should be allowed to fly to the U.S. 

Unions for pilots and flight attendants that work for U.S.-based airlines have vocally opposed an attempt by Norwegian Air to gain access to airports that are covered under the U.S. and European Union’s “Open Skies” agreement. 

The Scandinavian company is attempting to register its airplanes in Ireland, which is a member of the EU. The request is pending now before the Department of Transportation (DOT).

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Rep. LoBiondo: Act now to prevent FAA shutdown repeat

The chairman of the House committee that handles aviation issues said Tuesday that lawmakers should get an early start on crafting the next funding bill for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to avoid another shutdown of the agency.

The House Transportation Committee has largely been focused on passing new water infrastructure and road and transit funding bills this year, but Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) said they had to keep their on the skies as well to avoid turbulence at the FAA.

“At the top of my mind is the debacle we went through a couple of years,” LoBiondo said of the 2011 shutdown of the agency during a speech to the Aero Club of Washington.

“Everybody will tell you there were reasons for the shutdown,” LoBiondo continued. “Twenty-two extensions over how many years? All the anxiety, all the reasons, all the excuses, none of which hold any water as far as I’m concerned.”

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Missing plane search postponed

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which has been missing for two weeks, is being postponed Tuesday because of inclement weather over the Indian Ocean, The Associated Press reports.

The multi-national search for the missing airplane was put on hold following an announcement by the Malaysian Prime Minister that his nation was confident that the Malaysia Air flight crashed into the Indian Ocean.

The announcement ended any faint hope that relatives of the passengers who were on board the flight had survived the plane’s mysterious disappearance.

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Taxpayers' union criticizes Obama for overseas flights

The National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) is criticizing President Obama for taking more international flights on Air Force One than his predecessors did during this point in their tenures.

Obama has taken 31 international trips on Air Force in his five years as president according to the taxpayers' group, compared to 28 and 27 by former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton respectively.

The analysis comes as Obama is spending the week in Europe and the Middle East, including a visit Monday to the Netherlands.

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