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July 19, 2013

News Briefs July 19, 2013

U.K. investigators: Disable locator beacon on 787s

U.K. air accident investigators are recommending that all Honeywell emergency transmitters should be temporarily disabled on Boeing 787s following a fire last week at London’s Heathrow Airport.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said July 18 that the greatest damage to the parked Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner occurred in the vicinity of the aircraft’s emergency locator transmitter.

Investigators said it was not clear if the fire was caused by the transmitter’s batteries or a short near or around the transmitter, but recommended that the Federal Aviation Administration disable Honeywell’s transmitters in Boeing 787s ìuntil appropriate airworthiness actionsî can be carried out.

Investigators also recommended that the FAA and other regulators carry out a safety review of lithium-battery powered transmitters in other types of aircrafts. AP

Dozens speak against moving jets to Anchorage

Unanimous support against moving an Air Force squadron from Fairbanks, Alaska, to Anchorage, Alaska, was expressed at a public hearing July 17 night.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports dozens of people testified against the relocation of the F-16 Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Among those speaking out against the move at the Fairbanks meeting were U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski and Gov. Sean Parnell.

Public comments will be evaluated and contained in the final draft, which should be ready by the end of the year. AP

Dempsey says U.S. considering use of force in Syria

The top U.S. military officer tells a Senate committee the Obama administration is deliberating whether to use military power in Syria, where a civil war entering its third year has killed almost 93,000 people.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey says during congressional testimony July 18 that he has provided President Barack Obama with options for the use of force in Syria.

Dempsey used the term kinetic strikes, and added the ìissue is under deliberation inside of our agencies of government.

But Dempsey did not provide additional details. He says the decision on whether to engage militarily is one for U.S. elected officials to make.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is considering Dempsey’s nomination for a second term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. AP




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