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Topic - Jim Hall
At the same time the government certified Boeing's 787 Dreamliners as safe, federal rules barred the type of batteries used to power the airliner's electrical systems from being carried as cargo on passenger planes because of the fire risk.
Energy companies behind the oil boom on the Northern Plains are increasingly turning to an industrial-age workhorse — the locomotive — to move their crude to refineries across the U.S., as plans for new pipelines stall and existing lines can't keep up with demand.
Organizers of the national air racing championships secured $100 million in necessary insurance and announced plans Tuesday to change the September race course for the fastest planes to keep them farther from spectators after last year's mass-casualty crash near a grandstand.
Officials are moving ahead with plans for this year's National Championship Air Races despite a tragic crash at September's event that killed 11 and injured more than 70, the head of the Reno Air Races said Wednesday.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood criticized a fledgling lobbying campaign on Wednesday, which he said was working to undermine his campaign to limit drivers' use of cell phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel.
What the NTSB uncovers regarding the FAA's safety certification program could have important implications for the agency's ability to handle other technology challenges, including the transition to a new air traffic control system and the introduction of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace, said Jim Hall, a former safety board chairman.
"The potential for self-ignition, for uncontained fires, is huge," he said.