Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 20, 1987 · Page 8
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 8

Ukiah, California
Issue Date:
Sunday, September 20, 1987
Page 8
Start Free Trial

8 -SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20,1987 THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- Sharp attack on Delta Air Lines FAA charges pilot 'discipline lapses' WASHINGTON (AP) — Delta Air Lines has come under sharp criticism from the Federal Aviation Administration because of poor cockpit coordination and "lapses of discipline" by its pilots. The FAA said in a report Friday that Delta's "lack of clear-cut" management guidance to pilots was largely responsible for the shortcomings found during a five-week review of the carrier's flight operations. The investigation was prompted by widely publicized pilot mistakes this summer, including one case in which a plane narrowly avoided a collision over the Atlantic Ocean and an incident in which a jetliner came within 500 feet of ditching into the Pacific Ocean. The FAA report did not address the incidents specifically, but expressed concern about the performance of pilots at Delta, the nation's fourth-largest airline. Investigators "observed instances of a breakdown of communications, a lack of crew coordination and lapses of discipline in Delta's cockpit," the FAA said. It added that while there is no evidence that Delta's 6,500 pilots are on the'whole unprofessional or purposefully negligent, "crew members are frequently acting as individuals rather than as a member of smoothly functioning teams." R.W. Allen, Delta's chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement that the airline has taken actions to correct some of the problems cited by the FAA. "We are increasing our training ... and we have strengthened the internal monitoring of our cockpit training and standards," he said. The airline noted that the FAA found the carrier in compliance with airline safety regulations and that no civil penalty was issued. The FAA said its inspectors conducted 116 in-flight inspections over both domestic and international routes and also observed the airlines' training programs and evaluated training manuals during the special audit. "Delta's management has maintained a policy of delegating the maximum degree of responsibility and discretion to its crew members," the FAA report said. "This policy has been functional in the past... However in an increasingly complex and stressful environment the limit of this policy appears to have been reached." The investigation stemmed from a series of incidents last June and July in which Delta pilots made major mistakes during flight. A Delta Lockheed L1011 strayed 60 miles off course over the North Atlantic and almost collided with a Continental Airlines jumbo jet after the crew apparently punched the wrong navigation coordinates into a computer. A captain of another Delta plane mistakenly turned off both engines causing the jet to come within 500 feet of ditching into the Pacific before the engines were restarted. The crews have been disciplined as a result of both of the incidents, Delta officials said. Several other incidents involved pilots landing at the wrong airport or on the wrong runway. Allen, the Delta chairman, on Friday called the incidents "out of Delta's character" and "aberrations coincident only in time." 'Star Wars'speedup approved Sec. Weinberger gives the okay WASHINGTON (AP)—Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger has approved the acceleration of research on six "Star Wars" programs that would be key to any defensive system against long-range Soviet nuclear weapons. The action, although long anticipated, was announced at the Pentagon as President Reagan disclosed the United States and Soviet Union had reached an agreement in principle to ban medium- and shorter- range nuclear missiles. Efforts to negotiate a similar agreement reducing the number of intercontinental ballistic missiles in the two arsenals have faltered because of Soviet insistence the United States abandon its research program on Star Wars, known formally as the Strategic Defense Initiative. Pentagon spokesman Robert Sims denied Friday the defense secretary had delayed his decision to avoid offending Soviet sensibilities. Nor, said Sims, was Weinberger attempting to dampen enthusiasm for the new arms accord. The secretary's decision is the first to push Star Wars technologies from pure research toward development. The six projects now will enter what is known as a "demonstration and validation" phase, in which various components needed for a working system will be tested. That effort will take "several years," said Col. Jim Graham, the director of systems engineering for the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization. Assuming the work proceeds as expected, the Pentagon would then authorize full-scale development and set a timetable for actually deploying the first phase of a defensive system. No decision has been made to deploy any part of a Star Wars system as yet, Graham added. Nonetheless, Weinberger's announcement drew immediate criticism on Capitol Hill. Rep. Charles E. Bennett, D-Fla., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, accused the administration of trying "to make it politically impossible to raise questions about a very expensive and doubtful defense idea that is already sapping away the strength needed for conventional defenses." The Pentagon has requested $5.23 billion for Star Wars research in fiscal year 1988, although both the House and Senate have vowed to substantially reduce that figure. While refusing to release precise figures, the Pentagon said Friday that about half of its Star Wars budget request had been earmarked for the new, accelerated work. Scientists involved in Star Wars research are developing lasers and other exotic weapons that could be used to automatically shoot down any nuclear missiles fired at the United States or its allies. The Defense Acquisition Board, the Pentagon's highest internal review panel, concluded more than a month ago that six of the Star Wars programs showed enough promise to merit immediate acceleration. The six programs that will now be accelerated include: —The ground-based surveillance and tracking system, a missile that could be fired into space 1 to obtain tracking information on missiles approaching the United States. —The space-based surveillance and tracking system, a satellite sys-j tern that would be deployed in space to identify and track enemy j missiles. j —The boost surveillance and tracking system, another type of orbit-j ing satellite system that would provide an alert if enemy missiles were; launched. i —The exoatmospheric re-entry vehicle interception system, small; missiles that could be fired from the ground to intercept and destroy; enemy missiles during the middle and latter stages of their flight.; —The space-based interception system, small "kinetic kill rockets; on an orbiting platform in space. The rockets could be fired at enemy j missiles shortly after launch and would destroy them through a direct j collision. . ! —And the battle management-command, control and commuruca-; tions system, the "brains" of any Star Wars defense. This would consist! of a series of high-powered computers that would be programmed toj select targets and direct weapons against them. j Constitution celebration winds down Great American Picnic ends tonight PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A burst of fireworks and resonant ringing of bells crowned the 200th birthday of the Constitution, but the summerlong party doesn't end the observances. The festivities that hit a high point on Thursday's anniversary were winding down with a four-day Great American Picnic that ends tonight. The picnic includes plenty of hot dogs, music and floats from Thursday's parade. The commemoration is a continuing process, much like the writing and the ratification of the docu- Innocent plea in attempted murder case If you're between 30 and 69 Good News! You're lucky, because you may qualify for savings on your Auto Insurance. Farmers figures show that the best drivers are men and women between 30 and 69, so they deserve a break on insurance costs. Look into it today. Ask me to tell you about Farmers money-saving 30/69 Auto Package. NORMAN SCHAFER THE RAILROAD CENTER* UKIAH 169 MASON • 462-6506 FARMERS I 4lNSURANCE|> ^ GROUP ^ LOS ANGELES (AP) — Looking pale and gaunt as he faced the judge, an AIDS-stricken male prostitute pleaded innocent to a charge of attempted murder for trying to sell his tainted blood to a plasma center. Joseph Markowski, 29, was ordered returned to custody without bail in the psychiatric ward ward of the county jail, where he has been held since his arrest in June. He pleaded innocent Friday to a total of five charges, including assault and attempted poisoning counts in addition to the attempted murder. Superior Court Judge Clarence Stromwall set a pre-trial hearing for Nov. 6. Defense attorney Guy O'Brien said he was monitoring reports of the Markowski's behavior to determine if he should enter a plea of innocent by reason of insanity. "His mental state is up and dpwn. He seems to be holding -up," O'Brien said after the hearing; "But his emotional reaction to things, is not normal." O'Brien said Markowski told him he had suffered several seizures on the way to the courthouse, possibly side-effects of anti-depressant and anti-hallucinatory drugs he is being given. Markowski is accused of trying to sell his blood to Plasma Production Associates, where the plasma, or fluid portion of the blood, was to be extracted. Guy O'Brien has denied his client had a specific intent to hurt or kill anyone. At the conclusion of his preliminary hearing Sept. 3, Municipal Court Judge Alban Niles ruled that Markowski intended to pasrtxi the virus. * V ' Markowski was arrested at a Hollywood bank June 23 where he screamed, "Kill me! Kill me! I have AIDS," and tried to grab a security guard's gun. He was held for psychiatric observation for a day .and released. Thejewelry • Store NO PAPER? We would like to take this opportunity to say "thank you" to our friends & customers and wish you the best of health! R.A. MEDICAL CO. 463-0160 1165 S. Dora St., Suite A Ukiah, Ca. I DIAMONDS^ Selection, Quality, Price & Guarantee v We Offer the Best.,! 280 STScfiool St. Downtown Ukiah The Circulation Department of the Ukiah Daily Journal is open from 8am- 7pm Monday-Friday and 7am-10am Sunday Morning. If you fail to receive your paper by 5pm weekdays or by 7am Sunday please call the Circulation Department at 468-0123 'We Care' ment were 200 years ago. The federal Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution has encouraged the observance of dates on which the original states ratified the document. It is planning for events marking the 200th anniversary of the first presidential election, the first meeting of Congress and the introduction and ratification of the Bill of Rights. The Constitution became law on June 21, 1788, when New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it. The Bill of Rights, the first 10 of 26 amendments, was added on Dec. 15, 1791. "Four years from now, the 200lh anniversary of the Bill of Rights will be an even bigger celebration. It has given this Constitution soul and vitality," said Democratic presidential candidate Jesse Jackson. Jackson noted that the original document excluded blacks, women and Indians. Blacks were counted as three-fifths of a person for rep-, resentation but couldn't vote until' after the Civil War ended slavery. Women were denied the right to vote until 1920, and Indians were denied citizenship until 1924. "It took the activism, it took people who kept marching, it took deaths to make this Constitution the document that made us the envy of peoples around the world," Jackson said. Celebration, debate and dissent are the living legacy of the four- page piece of parchment that is the bedrock of American democracy, Retirement: After the '86 Tax Changes For those in the planning stages for retirement For those who are already retired- All the questions you've wanted to ask... A discussion of opportunities for the small businessman as well as for the individual-conducted by noted trust experts. If you have questions concerning your retirement options, come to our Retirement Evening with experts who have 66 collective years of experience- Robert Armanlno, Broker, A.Q. Edwards Investment Dan Taylor, Retirement Specialist, A.G. Edwards Investment William Utzinger, Trust Specialist, Exchange Bank Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1987 7*9 p.m. in the Mendocino College Theatre Cost: $5 at the door. Call the Mendocino College Community Services Office, 468-3063, for more information. Adopt a Wild Horse or Burro i*! MENDOCINO COLLEGE U. S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management SEPTEMBER 25-27 Excess wild horses and burros from Western public lands are on their way to: CHRIS BECK RODEO ARENA Sonoma County Fairgrounds Santa Rosa Adoption fee is $125 per horse or $75 per burro. If you are interested in sharing your heart and home with a wild horse or burro, contact: Bureau of Land Management (707) 462-3873 and critics of the founding fathe abound, a tribute to the constity tional guarantee of free speech arid the American trait of contrarines t. "The government they devise d was defective from the start," U. Supreme Court Justice Thurgoc Marshall said in declining an invit tion to attend the party. "There was a mistake made 200 years ago. They said it was OKlp discriminate against women, thai it was OK to cheat us. They said it was OK to have slavery," said Eleanor Smeal, former president of jjlc National Organization for Won ' which met in July in Philadelpl "The original document did mean all the people and it tooK'a Civil War to make it a nation of 'We the people, 1 " said W. Wil&n Goode, the grandson of a slave dhd Philadelphia's first black mayor. "We the people of the United States" is the start of the Constitution's preamble. Historians stress that the Constitution was written in artime of crisis and dissent. A fcuge national debt, skyrocketing inflation and squabbling among states ensured that there was no domestic tranquility. Rhode Island balked at sending anyone to the convention. Sixtecrt of the delegates refused to sigruor went home early because UK thought the central govemme would be too strong. Defenders of the system point o that the creators recognized thdir imperfections by designing a doc i- ment that allows change. Guess who's going to be "50" this week? Window HARRIS PHARMACY Open Mon-Fri IAM-IPM Sot9AM-6PM 707 $. Dora, Ukiah 442-7511 FOTO FACTS By Mike Rogers You can stop motion with just about any! camera. Even a simple, inexpensive camera' will stop motion if it is far enough away and coming nearly straight at the camera. Faster lenses are required if the motion is close at hand or travelling at right angles to the line of sight. For example: a l/50th second shutter speed is adequate For action coming toward you from a little distance whereas right-angle motion a few yards away may require l/1000th second speed. In between, l/250th second may suffice, felephoto lenses need faster shutter speeds than are necessary with wide-angle lenses. Of course, faster film also helps to stop motion. We have the film and the camera for any kind of photography and we're always available to p,ive you our ideas. Jr/ple o Camera

What members have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 11,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free