July 5, 2015

Lawmakers consider restructuring FAA

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As lawmakers consider a major change to the current structure of the FAA as both a safety regulator and Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), representatives of commercial airlines and business aviation operators are divided on how to move forward. In a hearing before the Senate commerce committee on Tuesday, May 19, Ed Bolen, president of [...]

Legislation addresses TSA PreCheck vulnerabilities

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Legislation that would “address serious security vulnerabilities identified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) and the Comptroller General about how the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) carries out expedited airport checkpoint screening has been introduced in the House.  The legislation comes on the heels of TSA having drawn fire during a congressional [...]

Some airline pilots don’t want cameras

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Authorities debating whether the benefits outweigh the risks The debate over video cameras in airplane cockpits is heating up, as a string of high-profile aviation disasters prompt concerns over whether accident investigators have sufficient information. The United Nations’ aviation arm is expected to make a big push later this year to install video cameras in airliner cockpits, [...]

GLA pilots land deal after years in holding pattern

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After nearly three years of mediation with Great Lakes Airlines in conjunction with the National Mediation Board, SMART Transportation Division-represented airline pilots employed by the company have finally reached an agreement with the carrier. Following several requests by the pilots’ local representatives to the NMB to be released from mediation, the affected pilots and SMART [...]

Videos embody theme of ‘Strong, Proud, United’

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The theme of the SMART Transportation Division’s Convention in San Diego, Calif., June 30-July 2, was “Strong, Proud, United,” and videos were presented to the delegates and attendees each day during the convention that embodied those concepts. SMART Transportation members from around the country appear in the videos and, in their own words, express their [...]

Great Lakes reports losses

Great Lakes Airlines, the sole commercial carrier servicing Cortez, soars across blue skies in the red. Servicing 30 airports across nine states, the Cheyenne-based regional airline reported a total net loss of more than $4.2 million at the close of the first quarter this year, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission report. Company [...]

Great Lakes Airlines to leave N.D.

BISMARCK, N.D. – Great Lakes Airlines will be leaving North Dakota by the end of the month after serving the state for more than two decades. The Wyoming-based regional airline announced last week that it was suspending service to Dickinson and Williston. In January, it pulled out of Devils Lake and Jamestown. Read the complete [...]

GAO report: Airline pilot shortage? Not clear

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WASHINGTON – Regional airlines report difficulty over the past year in finding enough pilots to hire, but it isn’t clear whether there is a shortage of pilots, a government watchdog said in a report released Friday. Researchers found “mixed evidence” of a shortage, said the Government Accountability Office. A key economic indicator supports the emergence [...]

Pilot shortage is an airline fairy tale

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Airlines sell a commodity and buy from monopolies, i.e., the airports that provide landing rights. So it isn’t surprising they have such a tough time making money. Now they have another problem: There aren’t enough pilots and co-pilots willing to work for the low pay offered by regional carriers. Airlines call this a “shortage” and [...]

FAA issues rule on PEDs in the cockpit

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The Federal Aviation Administration Feb. 12 issued a final rule that reinforces that airline pilots cannot use portable electronic devices for personal use in all operations. The rule codifies existing FAA policies and procedures and meets an FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 mandate by prohibiting all commercial airline (passenger and cargo) flight crews [...]