Aviator

February 5, 2008 - 4:23am

The pilots of Dallas-based CareFlite have approved a new contract including a pay hike, ending more than a year of work (and grueling negotiations) without a contract. The new three-year contract includes expanded pay and benefits for the pilots, including guaranteed overtime, annual pay increases of up to 6.2 percent and an average starting salary between $47,561 and $66,000.

February 5, 2008 - 4:23am

The pilots of Dallas-based CareFlite have approved a new contract including a pay hike, ending more than a year of work (and grueling negotiations) without a contract. The new three-year contract includes expanded pay and benefits for the pilots, including guaranteed overtime, annual pay increases of up to 6.2 percent and an average starting salary between $47,561 and $66,000.

January 17, 2008 - 10:42am

A study aimed at providing data on pilot fatigue during long flights has started in Australia. The three-year study, intended to help shape revised duty-time regulations, is a joint-effort project among Quantas Airlines pilots, the country’s sleep research branch of the University of South Australia and the Civil Aviation Authority of Australia. The first phase involves volunteer flight crews being monitored on their sleep patterns.

January 17, 2008 - 10:42am

A study aimed at providing data on pilot fatigue during long flights has started in Australia. The three-year study, intended to help shape revised duty-time regulations, is a joint-effort project among Quantas Airlines pilots, the country’s sleep research branch of the University of South Australia and the Civil Aviation Authority of Australia. The first phase involves volunteer flight crews being monitored on their sleep patterns.

January 15, 2008 - 6:22am

Statistics compiled by Aviation Information Resources (AIR) of Atlanta show a decrease in pilots hired by fractional providers from a peak of 1,363 in 2000 to 1,038 in 2001 to 997 last year, a drop in hiring of 27 percent over the three-year period. But the fractionals didn’t fare as poorly as other airline segments tracked by AIR. For example, the major airlines hired 4,779 pilots in 2000, 3,318 in 2001 and only 549 last year.

January 14, 2008 - 5:18am

Flight schools must innovate to survive, since airlines are no longer able to sponsor tuition and a pilot career has lost its appeal amid headlines announcing furloughs, according to Oxford Aviation Training (OAT). The company said a UK pilot shortage within five years is a foregone conclusion, while elsewhere in Europe pilot demand “is expected to outstrip [training] capacity significantly starting in 2004.”

January 11, 2008 - 9:16am

Suppose your aviation medical examiner (AME) gives you the little piece of paper that proclaims to the FAA that you are fit to fly, but the paperwork never reaches the agency’s Aeromedical Certification Branch in Oklahoma City. Are you legal? Are you liable? While certainly not routine, the situation has cropped up more often than one might think.

January 11, 2008 - 4:56am

“I’m from the FAA and I’m here to help you” will probably remain a dubious phrase, if the results of an FAA customer-satisfaction survey are any sign. In the fourth annual survey of U.S. commercial pilots conducted by the University of Michigan and its partners, the FAA gained nine points in its overall rating, up to 64 (out of 100).

December 28, 2007 - 5:16am

Last month Congress passed and President Bush signed legislation that raises the mandatory retirement age for U.S. airline pilots from 60 to 65. That means that pilots at or near age 60 will not have to wait for the FAA to complete its cumbersome rulemaking process.

December 20, 2007 - 5:15am

Early last month the NetJets pilots overwhelmingly supported a major amendment and five-year extension to their collective-bargaining agreement between NetJets Aviation (NJA) and Teamsters Local 1108, the union representing the fractional provider’s pilot group.

 
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