Just shy of four years since voting in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, the pilots at fractional provider Flight Options approved their first contract early last month. In late January, the pilot group and company management reached a tentative agreement, which was subsequently approved by 88 percent of the union’s members.
Just shy of four years since voting in a union–the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108–the pilots at fractional provider Flight Options overwhelmingly approved their first contract last week. After more than three years of sometimes bitter negotiations, IBT 1108 reached a tentative agreement with Flight Options management on January 28.
A manager’s amendment to the Senate’s FAA reauthorization bill includes a provision introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) that calls on the agency to require that all airline copilots accumulate no fewer than 800 hours of flight time and experience flying under a variety of specific conditions, including adverse weather such as icing, before they transport passengers in revenue service.
Safety was the primary topic of discussion at the 21st annual Women in Aviation International (WAI) Conference, held at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla., from February 25 to 27. The three-day conference brings together members from all over the world to share ideas and to network.
ALPA-represented pilot groups from Atlantic Southeast, Comair, Compass, Mesaba and Pinnacle Airlines last month established the Delta Connection Pilots Alliance (DCPA). The group lists as its primary goals improvement of safety, training, work environment and the customer experience. It claims to seek to remove competitive pressures and establish a collaborative working philosophy that cultivates industry best practices at each airline.
In a decision that could have wide-ranging implications, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that helicopter pilots for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are not “professional employees” under the Fair Labor Standards Act and are therefore entitled to mandatory overtime pay. The ruling re-affirmed a lower court’s decision that the pilots are “highly trained technicians” and not professional employees.
“Remember those airline pilots who got caught flying drunk?”
“They went to jail, didn’t they?”
“What a bunch of losers.”
Following the NTSB’s February 2 report on the Colgan Air accident, the FAA published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) asking for public comment and recommendations by April 9 on possible changes to regulations relating to the certification of pilots conducting domestic, flag and supplemental operations.
American charter firm ExcelAire and pilots Joe Lepore and Jan Paul Paladino remain entangled in Brazilian legal battles more than three years after the Sept. 29, 2006, midair over the Amazon jungle between their Embraer Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines 737-800 that resulted in the deaths of all 154 aboard the airliner.
Eclipse 500 air-taxi operator Linear Air and High Performance Aircraft Training (HPAT) yesterday announced that they have partnered to provide Eclipse 500 pilot training under Linear Air’s FAA-approved Eclipse training program. Linear Air will continue to offer pilot training at its facility at Hanscom Airport in Bedford, Mass., either in an owner/operator’s airplane or in one of Linear Air’s.