November 29, 2015

Flight attendants seek training to spot human trafficking

Flight attendants in the United States are calling for the government to step up action against human trafficking by funding mandatory training to help them spot victims in the air. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), the world’s largest flight attendant union, said its 50,000 members from 18 airlines can act as a massive network [...]

FAA implements new airport safety program


The FAA has made significant progress in improving runway safety at U.S. airports over the past 15 years by working with other members of the aviation community on education, training, marking and lighting, standard runway safety areas, new technology and airfield improvements. The FAA plans to build on that success by working with airport sponsors [...]

FAA and industry will study pilot fitness


The FAA is working with the commercial aviation and medical communities to study the emotional and mental health of U.S. commercial pilots. The joint FAA and industry group known as the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) recommended the study based on the recent Malaysia Flight 370 and Germanwings Flight 9525 accidents. The Pilot Fitness Aviation [...]

Flights from Pueblo to DIA on hold pending new carrier


Pueblo will temporarily lose passenger air service to Denver starting next week while waiting for a successor to be named to current operator SkyWest Airlines.  The last SkyWest/United Express flights between Pueblo Memorial Airport and Denver International Airport will take place June 3, city aviation director Mark Lovin said Tuesday.  The service interruption could last [...]

NTSB urges pilots to ‘see and be seen’ in the air


WASHINGTON – The National Transportation Safety Board issued a Safety Alert urging pilots to vigilantly look out for other aircraft and to make their own presence known. The Board has investigated numerous general aviation accidents in which pilots operating near one another did not maintain adequate visual lookout and failed to see and avoid other [...]

Lawmakers consider restructuring FAA


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


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


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’


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 [...]