Some of the very communities on which the regional airline industry built its legacy face “devastating cuts to air service” if the various stakeholders don’t act quickly, officials from the Regional Airline Association warn. The reasons vary, and each presents its own set of challenges.
Regional Airline Association president Roger Cohen knows better than to predict what direction the industry he has watched evolve over his seven-year tenure at the RAA might take next. So when asked to talk about further structural changes his group’s 30 or so airline members might see in the coming months and years, he offered a direct retort.
Bombardier Aerospace’s Safety Standdown Asia returned to Asia yesterday for a third time. It was held in conjunction with the ABACE show at the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Hongqiao. Free for participants, Safety Standdown Asia “provides pilots, aircrew and flight departments with insights into the factors that precipitate errors in judgment and highlights ways to mitigate them,” according to Bombardier (Chalet 380). The seminar combines both knowledge-based and skill-based training with a focus on human factors.
At the Aircraft Electronics Association convention held last week in Las Vegas, Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs, clarified new FAA rules governing avionics database updates during a regulatory training session. The new rules allow pilots to update databases, provided no tools are needed. Because the previous requirement was part of preventive maintenance but was removed from 14 CFR Part 43, “no records are required,” Peri said.
The 24th annual International Women in Aviation Conference, held March 14 to 16 in Nashville, Tenn., proved its worth last month as a mentoring, networking and outreach event, as attendees packed the show floor to take advantage of the diverse aviation and aerospace job fair.
“When I first started flying, I realized this was a lot easier than I thought, despite what the men said. In my humble opinion, girls make great pilots, and the best engineers.” – Patty Wagstaff.
Methinks the lady is onto something, but she already knows that.
Bristow Academy Mountain Flying Training has taught more than 100 pilots the ins and outs of mountain flying since opening in May 2011. The operation is based in Carson City, Nev., offering pilots the opportunity to hone their skills in the challenging Lake Tahoe region. Pilots from all over the world have traveled to Carson City for the course, which is available in bilingual English/Spanish. The course spans 40 hours of classroom time and 18 hours of flying, including seven hours flying with night-vision goggles (NVGs).
Pilots at Clearwater, Fla.-based fractional provider Avantair voted for organization under the United Transportation Union (UTU) on Thursday. Among the pilots who participated in the election, 80 percent voted in favor of the union. The pilots are now represented under UTU’s transportation division, which represents only one other pilot group–at regional airline Great Lakes Aviation. “We have assured our pilots that negotiations will be made in good faith,” Avantair said.
NBAA recently announced a call for nominations for its annual flying safety awards. This year NBAA has added a new category to recognize the pilots of smaller aircraft because it “believes that safety accomplishments in all forms should be recognized.” With that in mind, NBAA will honor a private pilot’s outstanding safety achievement with the Private Pilot Safety Award. The former Pilot Safety Award has been renamed the ATP or Commercial Pilot Safety Award.
The pilots of Pinnacle Airlines ratified a bankruptcy restructuring contract on Tuesday, thereby avoiding what could have proved a messy court battle with management and potentially saving the Memphis-based regional from liquidation. Eight-five percent of the pilots who cast ballots voted in favor of the agreement.