The FAA issued a final rule, effective April 14, that prohibits airline pilots from using personal electronic devices (PEDs) while flying. This rule is a result of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
Sterile Cockpit Rule
The recent FAA rule on cockpit use of personal electronic devices applies only to Part 121 carriers, although the NTSB would like to see the rule extended to cover Part 135 and Part 91K operators. AIN recently surveyed readers for insight into the distractions that challenge them and received 112 responses to our four questions. Nearly 70 percent of respondents told us cockpit and or cabin distractions are definitely an issue.
Within Six Months
March 13, 2013:
Air Carrier Contract
The NTSB laid the primary blame on the pilots of Colgan Air Flight 3407 for the crash on February 12 last year that killed 50 people and perhaps more unflattering comparisons between the respective safety standards that prevail at regional airlines and their mainline counterparts.
Two veteran American Airlines pilots, who in the words of the NTSB were “not having a good day,” nevertheless used “some exceptional stick-and-rudder skills” to get their crippled MD-82 safely back to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) after experiencing an in-flight engine fire during the airliner’s departure climb on Sept. 28, 2007.
Hawker Beechcraft 1900D, Page, Ariz., March 26, 2008–The NTSB concluded that the flight crew’s unprofessional behavior and deviation from standard operating procedures was the cause of the in-flight emergency when the aft cargo door came open and the crew had to return to Page Municipal Airport to land.
The NTSB last month issued its final report on the Oct. 19, 2004, crash of a Corporate Airlines Jetstream 32 at Kirksville, Mo.