The U.S. Court of Appeals struck a blow to pilot groups across the country last month when it blocked a federal court’s ruling to force scheduled Part 121 carriers to comply with a new interpretation of the long-disputed pilot duty-time rule.
In response to mounting public and congressional pressure, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin reversed course and announced last month that his agency would release the results from the National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service (NAOMS) project, an $11.3 million aviation safety survey. Between April 2001 and December 2004, the project team surveyed some 24,000 airline pilots and 5,000 general aviation pilots.
Jeppesen introduced the follow-on version to its CD-ROM FliteCrew DLS training program for pilots. Consisting of eight computer-based modules, the software includes individual sections covering weather, aircraft performance, airport operations, regulations (Part 91 and 135), AIM procedures, human factors, charts and navigation and recurrent medical training, the latter developed with partner MedAire.
Relenting to mounting public and congressional pressure, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin reversed course and announced yesterday that his agency would indeed release the results from the National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service (NAOMS) project, an $11.3 million aviation safety survey.
“It is important that we as an industry stick together,” noted Shelly Simi, v-p of communications for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, at the press conference breakfast at the Women in Aviation International convention, held March 20 to 22 in Cincinnati.
One of Aer Arann’s busiest areas must be its personnel department: “We have experienced huge growth in the past two years, particularly in flight crew and operations. Given our current rate of growth, flight crew [numbers] have grown above 30 percent per year and will continue at 15 to 20 percent,” according to head of operations John Halpin.
The May 1 deadline for the Allied Pilots Association to convince the other employee groups to accept pay cuts to allow the transfer of American Eagle’s 25 Bombardier CRJ700s to the mainline has passed without an agreement. As a result, Eagle will continue to fly the 70-seat jets and likely begin exercising options for the final 25 allowed under its scope clause.
According to aviation career specialist AIR Inc., six fractional operators this year hired 447 pilots through April. Frax companies hired a total of 1,038 pilots last year, putting this year’s numbers on track for a better outlook. According to AIR Inc., no fractional pilots are on furlough, but 4,515 major airline pilots and 2,451 “national” airline pilots are.
To help prevent “identity theft,” the FAA is urging pilots who hold an airman certificate that uses their Social Security number (SSN) as their certificate number to change it to a unique number.
The subject of contract pilots always seems to come up with little warning, like five minutes after someone in the company books a trip in the middle of a regular pilot’s vacation or training. A department manager’s reaction to this kind of crisis ranges from a look of deep confusion to a smile because the solution is already in hand. The solution usually means finding a qualified pilot–now.