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July 15, 2013

Monday Midday Must-Reads

-American Airlines and United Airlines may have to pay billions of dollars in damages related to the September 11 terrorist attacks as a trial starts on Monday determining whether the owners of the World Trade Center are owed additional money from the destruction of the buildings. The Associated Press reports U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein plans to announce his decision after hearing witnesses at a nonjury trial that is expected to last three days.

-British investigators are continuing to examine a Boeing 787 Dreamliner flown by Ethiopian Airlines that caught on fire Friday while parked at London's Heathrow Airport. So far, airlines say they support Boeing and are confident the aircraft is safe, according to this New York Times article.

-CrankyFlier Brett Snyder thinks the new FAA pilot rule, requiring 1,500 hours for commercial pilots, will mean fewer people will become commercial pilots, leading to a pilot shortage at regional carriers which in turn will mean service at small airports will likely get cut back. "If you’re a pilot, are you going to spend a ton of time and money to get those 1,500 hours just to be able to fly around for peanuts? That’s a tough sell. It’s easier to justify today if you need only 250 hours, because then you can at least get a job and work your way up more quickly. But getting to 1,500 hours is a whole different story. People have worried about pilot shortages for years, but this rule change makes it a near certainty," Snyder writes in this blog post.

-Andrea Ahles

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