- - Monday, September 12, 2011


Aircraft repair shop for Southwest faces fine

Federal regulators are proposing to fine an aircraft repair station $1.1 million for improper inspections and repairs to 44 Southwest Airlines planes.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that Aviation Technical Services Inc. of Everett, Wash., failed to perform work aimed at preventing metal fatigue in the fuselage of planes.

In April, a hole opened in the roof of a Southwest Boeing 737 with 118 people aboard, forcing an emergency landing Yuma, Ariz. But the FAA said the plane with the hole was not among the improperly repaired 44 Boeing 737-300s.

The agency said the repair station failed to fully inspect the planes for fatigue cracks and to correctly install fasteners that hold pieces of aircraft skin in place in all the rivet holes.


Memo shows 2 stories about Solyndra’s finances

A congressional memorandum says that even as the executives of a solar energy company assured members of Congress that their finances were improving, a different story was being prepared behind the scenes.

The company, California-based Solyndra Inc., received a $528 million federal loan. Last week, it filed for bankruptcy.

A House subcommittee is examining the downfall of Solyndra, the first company to get a loan guarantee through the government’s economic stimulus program.

Solyndra executives met with several lawmakers and their staff members the week of July 18. They claimed at the time that Solyndra’s shaky financial condition was improving, and that the company’s revenues were growing.

But the memorandum says an Energy Department loan officer found the company also was preparing financial statements showing decreased revenues.


Seattle vote mandates paid sick leave

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