Aviator

May 23, 2008 - 7:26am

“Beginning autorotation with left turn.”

“Roger. Autorotate to left.”

After a few moments, during which the MD 600N helicopter plummets toward the ground engaged in a sweeping left turn, the first pilot’s voice comes over the radio. “Recovering.” He recovers at approximately 100 ft over the desert floor.

“Roger. Recover.” This voice belongs to the pilot of the chase aircraft, also an MD helicopter.

May 22, 2008 - 6:09am

The 843 pilots hired by six major fractional aircraft ownership companies in the first nine months of this year were about 30 percent fewer than the 1,210 frax pilots hired in the same period last year, according to employment tracking firm AIR. Nearly 1,400 frax pilots were hired during all of last year, compared with just 581 in 1999.

May 21, 2008 - 8:05am

An unsettling air of ambivalence descended on Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport last month as Comair pilots ended an 89-day strike that cost Delta Air Lines at least $200 million and an untold number of non-striking employees their jobs.

May 21, 2008 - 7:58am

The pilot leadership of United Express affiliate Air Wisconsin last month rejected a proffer of arbitration by the National Mediation Board, triggering the mandatory 30-day countdown to a potential strike at 12:01 a.m. on August 12. In June 96.6 percent of Air Wisconsin’s pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, authorized union leadership to call a strike if necessary.

May 21, 2008 - 6:07am

Today’s economy probably has less effect on corporate aircraft use than most believe. Understanding how the economy affects business aviation requires an understanding of how the nature of business aircraft use has changed over the past 15 years or so, according to Barbara Beyer, president of Arlington, Va.-based Avmark.

May 19, 2008 - 9:10am

Now, after being somewhat dormant on the subject for a number of years, the Federal Aviation Administration has expressed concern about airline pilot duty days, which according to the Federal Aviation Regulations allow for a 16-hr duty day with no more than eight hours flying time.

May 19, 2008 - 5:14am

Bombardier Aerospace marked EBACE eve with its second annual day-long European Safety Standdown, and made it clear that the program in Europe will continue.

May 19, 2008 - 4:59am

Flight Options pilots work eight days on, seven days off, a schedule that for the most part is popular with crews. The schedule at Raytheon Travel Air had pilots working six days on and four days off. Company founder Kenn Ricci, a former corporate pilot himself, claims his pilots are the most highly compensated in the frax industry, and in his view “our best pilot is a displaced flight-department pilot.

May 17, 2008 - 3:43am

In March, Socata appointed Stéphane Jacques as its new chief test pilot. The 44-year-old pilot succeeded Christian Briand, who retired after a 40-year career, 19 of them as a Socata test pilot, logging more than 19,000 flight hours.  

May 16, 2008 - 8:19am

The emotional roller coaster created by September 11 has forced many companies to completely rethink their international travel options. These new travel strategies have translated into a significant increase in business aviation flying hours outside the U.S.

 
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