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British airline pilots
fall asleep at controls
LONDON (AP) - British airline
pilots on long-haul flights say their
entire crews have fallen asleep at the
controls because of strenuous work
schedules, researchers report.
Under a 5-year-old confidential
reporting program, one-third of,
almost 800 British pilots who
disclosed problems affecting their
performance mentioned a demanding
work schedule ant the fatigue it
caused, said Roger Green and Roy
Skinner of the Royal Air Force
Institute of Aviation Medicine.
The researchers quoted a range of
pilots - either flying alone or with a
large crew, in helicopters, freight or
passenger aircraft - who said they had
nodded off while the automatic pilot
did the flying.
Green, an aviation psychologist,
and Skinner, a retired military pilot,
said pilots on long-distance night
flights complained most often about
difficulty in staying awake.
Some specified being unable to
sleep in noisy hotels between night
complacent in cockpits that are
highly automated and where key
chores become "unavoidably
Writing in the October issue of
the Log, the British Airline Pilots
Association monthly journal, the
researchers quoted one pilot on a
long-haul aircraft who said he and
his crew were delayed unexpectedly
for 12 hours at an airport.
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Mum's the word
Dale Laughner, a University Grounds Department worker, plants Poten-
tial bushes and mums outside the Helen Newberry residence hall. The
Michigan State University Horticulture alumnus says fall is the second-
best time to plant-spring is best.
Compiled from Associated Press reports
Senate approves 65 mph bill
LANSING - Michigan motorists moved a step closer to legal mile-a-
minute speeds yesterday as the state Senate overwhelmingly approved a
bill to raise the speed limit on rural interstates to 65 mph.
The bill passed on a vote of 30-4 as the sponsor of a competing
measure to boost speeds on all Michigan Highways - and risk more than
$360 a year in federal highway funds - withdrew his version.
The bill, which also slightly eases the penalty for speeding, now goes
i to the House, where leaders said it is expected to be overhauled but not
"It would be great if we could get everybody to slow down to 65," said
Sen. William Sederburg (R-East Lansing). "Everybody's going 70-75
UAW negotiations continue
DETROIT - Talks between General Motors Corp. and the United
Auto Workers union continued yesterday toward an informal weekend
deadline as bargainers worked to adapt a Ford Motor Co. contract to GM
without hindering its changes for ratification.
Barring snags over GM's reported efforts to negotiate separate job-
protection provisions for its assembly and components operations or
other unforeseen obstacles, the chances of a strike appeared slim.
UAW President Owen Bieber had yet to set a strike deadline for the
talks, and indicated he would be glad to settle without setting one.
UAW leaders have called a meeting of the 300-worker GM bargaining
council for Monday in Chicago. The council must approve any tentative
settlement before it is offered for ratification by GM's 335,000 active
Local union leaders have indicated they would accept a contract
mirroring the job-protecting Ford pact, but suggested there could be
difficulty if changes to make the contract fit GM were too dramatic.
Former U.S. trade negotiator
to resign federal position
WASHINGTON - A Commerce Department official who had been
criticized for offering to lobby for Japanese automakers while serving as a
U.S. trade negotiator is resigning from the federal government, a
department spokesperson said yesterday.
Robert Watkins, who was the subject of a congressional investigation,
told acting Commerce Secretary Bruce Smart late yesterday that he
planned to resign from the department and "Mr. Smart agreed that it
would be best," according to department spokesperson Claire Buchan.
Watkins resigned Tuesday as deputy assistant secretary for automotive
affairs and consumer goods following a report by The Associated Press
that he had asked Japanese car makers to consider hiring him to form a
trade association to represent their interests.
Air force grounds fleet
WASHINGTON - The Air Force yesterday grounded its fleet of 68
new B-lB bombers for a brief inspection of the planes' crew ejection
system following a recent crash in which only three of six crewmen on
the aircraft were able to escape.
In a statement, the service's Strategic Air Command said "this
precautionary inspection is an outgrowth of the Sept. 28 accident" at a
training range in eastern Colorado.
The inspections will require-only about two hours per plane and are
beginning immediately, meaning the planes will return to service quickly,
Friars and Hirshorn serenade
East Lansing councilmember
Being a city councilmember means hearing a lot of complaints.
Lately, however, East Lansing City Councilmember Sid Worthington has
heard not only about zoning decisions or garbage pickup, but a disturbing
At the urging of WNIC disk jockey Jim Harper, callers have been
singing "The Victors" to Worthington who proposed an ordinance passed
by the East Lansing City Council which bans playing the Michigan fight
song within city limits.
The Friars, a student singing group affiliated with the Glee Club, will
be on Harper's show tomorrow morning with Worthington between 8
a.m. and 9 a.m. to play "The Victors" on Kazoo.
"We thought it would be a nice thing to do for the school," said Friars
Business Manager Hamilton Chang.
Ann Arbor City Councilmember Seth Hirshorn (D-Second Ward), said
at last Monday's council meeting that he would sing "The Victors" at the
top of his lungs at Lansing's City Hall this weekend.
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