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May 12, 2011

Automakers resist U.S. pressure for 62 mpg standard

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) – Major automakers on Thursday
pushed back against congressional pressure to nearly double
vehicle fuel efficiency through 2025, saying “overly
aggressive” targets could hurt sales, employment and safety.

The lobbying group representing General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz),
Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Chrysler Group (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Toyota Motor Corp
(TM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)(7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and European manufacturers are chaffing at
proposals for 6 percent annual efficiency requirements that
would push fleet averages above 62 miles per gallon.

May 3, 2011

Business pushes US Congress to clear bigger trucks

WASHINGTON, May 3 (Reuters) – Manufacturers, retailers, and
other businesses are quietly working with truckers in renewing
a push for U.S. government permission to operate bigger and
heavier rigs, to the dismay of unions and safety advocates.

Lobbying coalitions for hundreds of companies hope an
improving economy will underscore the case that inefficiency
associated with trucking capacity shortages and higher fuel
expenses adds costs for shippers and consumers.

Apr 27, 2011

Boeing suspects workmanship in Southwest jet flaw

WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) – Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) believes
a tear in the roof of a Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 737-300
jetliner in mid-flight this month was related to a
manufacturing problem limited to one aircraft.

“I think the initial data that I think we’re all seeing is
suggesting a possible workmanship issue on an airplane, rather
than a design issue across a fleet of airplanes,” Chief
Executive Jim McNerney told analysts on Wednesday.

Apr 26, 2011

GM’s Volt, Nissan Leaf get top marks in crash test

WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – The plug-in hybrid Chevy
Volt, made by General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), and the all-electric
Nissan (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Leaf save on fuel fuel, but the size and weight
of their battery packs add significant crash protection as
well.

“The Leaf and Volt’s extra mass gives them a safety
advantage over other small cars,” Joe Nolan, chief
administrative officer of the Insurance Institute for Highway
Safety said on Tuesday.

Apr 26, 2011

1 New finds raise questions in Southwest jet probe

WASHINGTON, April 25 (Reuters) – Detailed inspections of a
Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) jet that experienced a mid-flight
fuselage rupture revealed possible manufacturing flaws and
further evidence of fatigue cracks.

A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report
Monday on the April 1 incident raised new questions about the
process for bonding aluminum fuselage skin and how wear and
tear may affect certain older model Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 737-300
series aircraft.

Apr 22, 2011

Furor over air controllers to spill into Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An uproar over lapses by U.S. air traffic controllers will spill into Congress where critics of organized labor see an unexpected opening to push their agenda into sweeping aviation legislation.

Embarrassing disclosures of controllers sleeping on duty — even allowing first lady Michelle Obama’s plane to fly too close to another jet — have heightened scrutiny of the Federal Aviation Administration and raised questions about the agency’s ability to manage its workforce and ensure safety.

Apr 20, 2011

Obama administration backs FAA despite uproar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has full confidence in the top U.S. aviation safety official and his agency following a string of highly publicized lapses by air traffic controllers, including one this week involving a plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told Reuters on the sidelines of a transportation conference on Wednesday that he supports Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Randy Babbitt “1,000 percent.”

Apr 20, 2011

Obama admin backs FAA amid air controller fiascos

WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
has full confidence in the top U.S. aviation safety official
following a string of highly publicized lapses by air traffic
controllers, including one this week involving a plane carrying
first lady Michelle Obama.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told Reuters on the
sidelines of a transportation conference that he supports
Federal Aviation Administration head Randy Babbitt “1,000
percent.”

Apr 20, 2011

U.S. will require refund if airlines lose bags

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. airlines must offer bag fee refunds for losing luggage, according to a new regulation aimed at holding carriers more accountable for service lapses that include 2 million lost bags annually.

The Transportation Department order to be unveiled on Wednesday also doubles the penalty for involuntarily “bumping” passengers from sold out flights and builds on steps initiated previously by the agency or ordered by Congress to address passenger complaints.

Apr 16, 2011

Another air controller sleeps; U.S. to change scheduling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. aviation regulators, investigating unsettling disclosures of sleeping air traffic controllers, will ban scheduling practices most likely to result in drowsiness at work.

The Federal Aviation Administration also said on Saturday it had suspended a controller in Miami for nodding off on the job, the fifth incident of that type identified in recent weeks and the second at a major center.