Each year the National Business Aviation Association recognizes member companies with superb safety records. This year, the corporate flight operations (Part 91) of ExxonMobil, Cox Enterprises, Chevron, Owens Corning and Sears Holding are the top five in that category. NBAA Convention News talked with representatives of those five companies to find out more about their operations and their safety successes.
The Transportation Department’s inspector general told the House aviation subcommittee in July that possible extensions to the durations of medical certificates and the planned raising of the airline pilot retirement age underscore the importance of the medical certification process.
Grounded Jetstream 32/Saab 340 operator RegionsAir filed suit last month against the federal government for breach of contract and seizing property without due process. The FAA on July 10 canceled RegionsAir’s operating certificate for alleged failure to meet federal aviation regulations related to its line check airman program.
In the April 23 Federal Register, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued what it called “FairPay” rules that will take effect on August 23. The DOL states, “Under the new FairPay rules, workers earning less than $23,660 per year–or $455 per week–are guaranteed overtime protection.”
A group of current and former airline pilots rallied on Capitol Hill yesterday afternoon to protest the 45-year-old FAA regulation that forces pilots to leave the cockpit once they reach age 60. The group, flanked by Southwest Airlines chairman Herb Kelleher, Jet Blue vice president Robert Land, Sen. James Inhofe (D-Okla.) and Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.), said that momentum is building in Congress to change the rule.
Mentoring, where a more experienced pilot flies for some time with a new very light jet buyer until the owner gains confidence and experience, is receiving increasing scrutiny and consideration from aircraft manufacturers, insurance companies and operators.
As the wheels of FAA rulemaking grind inexorably forward, the nation’s largest union of airline pilots executed a 180-degree turn on mandatory retirement for airline pilots at age 60.
American pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino were indicted last month for their alleged part in the collision of their Embraer Legacy with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 over the Amazon jungle last September in which all aboard the airliner died. The judge in the case agreed to proceed with the prosecutor’s suggested indictment, officially charging the pilots with unintentional endangerment of an aircraft through negligence.
The FAA has published Notice N8900.4 containing additional guidance on OpSpec A008 and A002, which NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) have been advocating for some time.
American pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino were indicted Friday for their alleged part in the collision of their Embraer Legacy with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 over the Amazon jungle last September in which all aboard the airliner died.