Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with leaders of the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) over coffee at the Mayflower hotel in downtown Washington. Based in Louisville, Ky., site of the UPS Worldport international air hub, the IPA represents 2,650 pilots who fly freight for Big Brown.
After a run-in with the long arm of FAA enforcers in 2010, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced a “Pilot’s Bill of Rights” in the Senate. The stated purpose of S. 1335 is to provide fairer treatment and more access to information during FAA enforcement actions.
AIN Publications, AINonline’s parent company, publishes Business Jet Traveler and many other magazines, including on-site airshow dailies in seven countries.
Surprise, surprise: Airbus CEO Tom Enders is to be the new chief executive of the European airframer’s parent group EADS, succeeding Louis Gallois, who is due to step down—at the end of his mandate—after the company’s annual general meeting on May 31.
One of the pillars of modern aviation safety, cockpit resource management was introduced to commercial aviation more than two decades ago. Among other things, CRM was meant to draw the curtain on the era of the submissive copilot and flight engineer cowed by an overbearing “gear up, shut up” captain.
Orville and Wilbur got things airborne just over one hundred years ago, and for the most part it has been a reasonably steady climb-out. But don’t try to sell that to today’s aviation executives. More than three years have passed since the Great Recession began, and an increasing number of my business colleagues are telling me they are tired of hunkering down. So am I.
For fans of the U.S. space program, the next few years will be as much about looking at the past as gazing ahead to the future.
When I wrote a story on the potential shortage of skilled labor, primarily among A&Ps, I had no idea it would draw 18 replies in the four days following its appearance in AINonline.
Kestrel Aircraft CEO Alan Klapmeier pushed the recall button on January 16 and cashed in to the tune of potentially $118 million. The company is abandoning its plans to set up production of its single-engine turboprop K-350 in Maine in favor of Superior, Wis.
I recently attended the SHOT Show (shooting, hunting and outdoor trades) in Las Vegas. It is the world’s largest gathering of shooters, hunters, law enforcement, military special operations and other shooting-related industries. This year’s show attracted more than 1,600 exhibitors and 60,000 people from all over the world.