Humans beware. Computers want your job, and considering that they’re smarter, better looking and will work for no pay, they’ll probably get it someday. For professional pilots that could mean preparing for the day when the captain is a software app and you’re just along for the ride.
Aviation International News » March 2010
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has developed a common safety approach for global companies operating aircraft in the mining and resources sector, and the plan has received the endorsement of the Minerals Council of Australia, which represents resource companies producing more than 85 percent of that country’s annual mineral output.
Dassault has reduced the scope of the part-time working arrangement it implemented in September last year in four factories in France. Some 1,400 employees are affected in two factories now, with little impact on their salaries. Company management expects to give the workers their next update in July.
Boeing’s new 747-8F Freighter made its first flight on February 8 before more than 5,000 employees, customers, suppliers and community leaders at the company’s Everett, Wash. plant. The flight, with chief pilot Mark Feuerstein and Tom Imrich at the controls, spanned three hours and 21 minutes.
Aviation–and in particular general aviation–dodged a financial bullet early last month when the Obama Administration released a Fiscal Year 2011 budget request that contained no new user fees for aviation.
With worldwide shipments and billings of general aviation airplanes down in all categories in 2009, the global economic downturn led to one of the toughest years ever for general aviation manufacturers. But General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) chairman Rob Wilson said that a “mixed scorecard” of recovery indicators suggests the GA industry is “well positioned for growth.
Last month the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency approved the Gulfstream G150 for a steep-approach angle of up to six degrees versus the normal approach angles of 3.5 degrees or less. Several airports worldwide–including London City Airport–require steep-approach certification to land at their facilities due to terrain, obstacles or local noise ordinances.
Eastham Aviation, a Houston owner of a Hawker Beechcraft Premier 1A, filed a complaint against Hawker Beechcraft on January 19, asking that the manufacturer take back the jet because of three alleged and irreparable instances of runaway rudder trim. Eastham purchased the jet in 2006.
The new Central Europe Private Aviation Association (Cepa) will hold its inaugural conference in the Czech capital Prague on April 22 and 23. The group has been formed to represent and coordinate the interests of business aviation companies in new European Union states. At the conference, the association plans to make an announcement about what it describes as a major new project to bring together Europe’s business aviation industry.
Earl Weener, a former Boeing engineer and a fellow at the Flight Safety Foundation, was nominated by President Obama to fill the last vacancy on the NTSB. If he is confirmed by the Senate, he will be the third pilot on the five-member Board.