The FAA is proposing to require crew resource management (CRM) training for all Part 135 certificate holders’ pilots and flight attendants. The notice of proposed rulemaking continues a precedent established by the 1995 CRM mandate for Part 121 airlines.
Bombardier last month said its Global business jets have gained European operational credit for approaches to a 100-foot decision height when pilots use infrared enhanced-vision systems (EVS) and head-up displays. The approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency follows similar endorsements from Transport Canada and the FAA.
The first nine new pilots to complete NetJets Europe’s ab initio training program joined the company’s flight-crew roster in November and December, following their graduation from the UK’s Oxford Aviation Training course. A further 38 ab initio pilots are due to graduate this year, followed by 21 more next year.
The US Airways “heroes of the Hudson” pilots used a House aviation subcommittee hearing Tuesday as a bully pulpit to characterize cost-cutting in the U.S. airline industry as both a threat to passenger safety and to the recruitment and retention of career aviators.
Growing distrust between elements within various pilot groups and airline management over the use of confidential safety information is threatening the integrity and effectiveness of the FAA’s Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), according to the Regional Airline Association. In fact, the issue dominated the discourse during a December meeting of some 20 regional airline safety directors at RAA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Flight Options vice president of flight operations Bob Tyler last month announced 63 more pilot furloughs “due to reduced demand due to the ongoing national recession.” The furloughs affected “13 Beechjet PICs, 11 Beechjet SICs, 28 Hawker SICs and 11 Citation X SICs,” according to a letter by Tyler to the pilot group. This latest reduction is in addition to the more than 100 pilots furloughed in late November.
In a letter sent to all pilots and flight attendants last Wednesday, Flight Options vice president of flight operations Bob Tyler announced furloughs that took effect yesterday “due to reduced demand due to the ongoing national recession.” The furloughs affect 63 crewmembers, including “13 Beechjet PICs, 11 Beechjet SICs, 28 Hawker SICs and 11 Citation X SICs,” according to the letter.
Fractional share operator Flight Options has furloughed more than 100 pilots, according to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, which is in contract negotiations with Flight Options. Some mechanics and operational personnel were also laid off, according to Flight Options.
The National Business Aviation Association presents Pilot Flying Safety Awards each year to the member company pilots with exemplary safety records. To be eligible for an award, a pilot must have flown corporate aircraft 1,500 hours without an accident, but the actual number of safe hours flown by many of the 2007 top pilots, who have already received their awards, are much higher. The top recipient, George Thomsen, has logged 30,136.
Over the last 76 years, Exxon Mobil has operated a variety of aircraft from Beech Staggerwings and Douglas DC-3s to Gulfstream IVs and the Bombardier Global Express. Today, the 68-member flight department operates four Global Expresses and five Challenger 300s. James Johnson, who joined the company in 1991, became manager of aviation services last year when Patricia Andrews retired.