The 24th annual International Women in Aviation Conference, held March 14 to 16 in Nashville, Tenn., proved its worth last month as a mentoring, networking and outreach event, as attendees packed the show floor to take advantage of the diverse aviation and aerospace job fair.
“When I first started flying, I realized this was a lot easier than I thought, despite what the men said. In my humble opinion, girls make great pilots, and the best engineers.” – Patty Wagstaff.
Methinks the lady is onto something, but she already knows that.
Bristow Academy Mountain Flying Training has taught more than 100 pilots the ins and outs of mountain flying since opening in May 2011. The operation is based in Carson City, Nev., offering pilots the opportunity to hone their skills in the challenging Lake Tahoe region. Pilots from all over the world have traveled to Carson City for the course, which is available in bilingual English/Spanish. The course spans 40 hours of classroom time and 18 hours of flying, including seven hours flying with night-vision goggles (NVGs).
Pilots at Clearwater, Fla.-based fractional provider Avantair voted for organization under the United Transportation Union (UTU) on Thursday. Among the pilots who participated in the election, 80 percent voted in favor of the union. The pilots are now represented under UTU’s transportation division, which represents only one other pilot group–at regional airline Great Lakes Aviation. “We have assured our pilots that negotiations will be made in good faith,” Avantair said.
NBAA recently announced a call for nominations for its annual flying safety awards. This year NBAA has added a new category to recognize the pilots of smaller aircraft because it “believes that safety accomplishments in all forms should be recognized.” With that in mind, NBAA will honor a private pilot’s outstanding safety achievement with the Private Pilot Safety Award. The former Pilot Safety Award has been renamed the ATP or Commercial Pilot Safety Award.
The pilots of Pinnacle Airlines ratified a bankruptcy restructuring contract on Tuesday, thereby avoiding what could have proved a messy court battle with management and potentially saving the Memphis-based regional from liquidation. Eight-five percent of the pilots who cast ballots voted in favor of the agreement.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has promoted Kevin Hiatt, most recently COO, to the position of president and CEO, starting in January. He succeeds Bill Voss, who will return to the FAA as an executive in aviation safety after six years at the helm of the foundation. Before joining the foundation in 2005, Hiatt spent 26 years with Delta Air Lines in various positions, including chief pilot at the Atlanta International pilot crew base.
The just released flight crewmember duty and rest requirements docket, which includes an extensive cost-benefit analysis, shows that the FAA still plans to exclude U.S. cargo pilots from the new rule, due to take effect Jan. 4, 2014. The agency said the cost of compliance is greater than it earlier believed.
Ajit Singh, head of India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, and members of the Association of Indian Commercial Pilots have begun another safety-focused battle of wills. The pilots have filed a petition in court claiming the minister overstepped his authority when his department increased the maximum number of hours pilots will be expected to fly in a single day, as well as the length of their maximum allowable duty day. The pilots claim Singh’s actions violate current Indian civil aviation rules.
Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan said he worries about the flying skills of pilots today. The type-rated Learjet 45 pilot, who was the last man to walk on the moon, commented to AIN at last month’s Bombardier Safety Standdown in Wichita, “I worry about the complacency that technology is imposing on pilots. Pilots tend to become overwhelmed with all the lights on these glass panels and forget they still have a responsibility to fly the airplane.” Cernan believes that part of the solution is pilots being honest about their flying skills and their shortcomings.