Sixty years ago, with the outcome of the World War II still nearly 12 months in the future, 52 nations met in Chicago to agree on a format for the worldwide development of civil aviation in the post-war environment. As codicils to the Chicago Convention of Dec. 7, 1944, which formalized the existence of ICAO, each operational remit area was amplified by means of a numbered Annex.
During the heyday of small-airplane manufacturing in the mid- to late 1970s, factories in Wichita, Lock Haven and Vero Beach built tens of thousands of airplanes, and every one of them somehow had to find its way from the conclusion of the production flight-test process into the hands of an owner or dealer.
Mount Saint Helens wasn’t the only imminent eruption last month. With liquid magma figuratively coursing through their veins, many NetJets pilots–estimated by some in the flying ranks to be an “overwhelming majority”–were expressing anger over the tentative agreement (TA) their master executive council (MEC) struck with the company for a new three-year labor contract.
On Friday, NetJets pilots overwhelmingly supported a major amendment and extension to their collective-bargaining agreement between NetJets Aviation and Teamsters Local 1108, the union representing the fractional provider’s pilot group. The NetJets pilots approved the interest-based bargaining (IBB) amendment, with 75.7 percent of eligible members voting in favor of the measure; voter participation reached a historic 95.8 percent.
Brazilian authorities have continually blamed ExcelAire pilots Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino for a midair between their Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 over the Amazon Jungle, alleging that the crew didn’t follow an approved flight plan and had somehow disengaged the Legacy’s transponder. The U.S.
The NetJets Aviation (NJA) pilots, represented by IBT Local 1108, are currently voting on an “interest-based bargaining” proposal that was struck between management and pilot representatives last month.
The pilot hiring rate this year by fractional ownership operators is slightly lower than last year’s rates, according to figures compiled by AIR Inc. The Atlanta-based employment services company reported that six fractional operators had hired 607 pilots this year through July, compared with 844 hired by five operators in the same period last year. Nearly 1,400 frax pilots were hired during all of last year, compared with just 581 in 1999.
Australian regional airline Regional Express (Rex) announced last month that it will offer a 25-percent reimbursement of training costs to new pilots who agree to stay with the airline for at least two years. The announcement comes in response to a “severe pilot shortage [that] has resulted over the last four months in massive disruption to Rex’s operations,” according to John Sharp, deputy chairman of Regional Express Holdings.
The U.S. Court of Appeals struck a blow to pilot groups across the country last month when it blocked a federal court’s ruling to force scheduled Part 121 carriers to comply with a new interpretation of the long-disputed pilot duty-time rule.
In response to mounting public and congressional pressure, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin reversed course and announced last month that his agency would release the results from the National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service (NAOMS) project, an $11.3 million aviation safety survey. Between April 2001 and December 2004, the project team surveyed some 24,000 airline pilots and 5,000 general aviation pilots.