The recent FAA rule on cockpit use of personal electronic devices applies only to Part 121 carriers, although the NTSB would like to see the rule extended to cover Part 135 and Part 91K operators. AIN recently surveyed readers for insight into the distractions that challenge them and received 112 responses to our four questions. Nearly 70 percent of respondents told us cockpit and or cabin distractions are definitely an issue.
India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has announced support for periods of controlled cockpit rest for pilots. In an August 15 operations circular, the DGCA calls the naps, which are to be allowed on flights of at least three hours, “effective fatigue mitigation tools.”
The Turkish Civil Aviation General Directorate plans to levy fines against passengers who violate no-smoking regulations, as well as those who fail to turn off electronic devices when asked or fail to remain seated when signs illuminate. These offenses will result in a fine of approximately $568, while the penalty for anyone on the ground convicted of pointing a laser at an aircraft will be $5,680.
Odyssey Aerospace Components, a manufacturer of business jet interior cabinetry and components, is hiring, with jobs open for cabinetry manufacturers and stress engineers. The company recently hired John Turner, who “is responsible for engineering leadership while meeting the company’s vision and customer-centric goals.” Turner most recently worked at Weber Aircraft and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, master’s in industrial engineering and was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Embraer has broken ground on a new, 67,000-sq-ft Embraer Engineering and Technology Center USA on its Melbourne International Airport campus. It is slated to open in mid-2014, and the company expects to invest $26 million in the project over the next five years.
Starr Aviation’s safety management system (SMS) implementation and compliance mentoring program is designed to assist companies make their SMS functional and effective. Starr Aviation (Booth No. 1746) is a division of Starr Indemnity and Liability and is based in Atlanta with locations in Scottsdale, Ariz. and Carpenteria, Calif.
In his recent Business Jet Traveler interview with Elite Aviation owner Chris Holifield, journalist Matt Thurber notes that “you don’t see a lot of women-owned aviation businesses.” Bizav, he says, is “a boys’ club.”
It sure is, and so is the rest of the aviation world.
The FAA’s recent reinterpretation of crew rest guidance sparked a vigorous discussion at the Flight Safety Foundation Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar in San Antonio last week.
Groups as diverse as the three largest general aviation organizations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are calling on Congress to maintain the current FAA Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program in pending FAA reauthorization legislation.
That’s what the Trenton-Mercer County Airport (TTN) is asking, and Mercer County plans to make public the tail numbers of aircraft that operate at the airport between midnight and 6 a.m. NBAA has expressed the opinion that such an action would be unreasonable and would unjustly discriminate against the operators of those aircraft and therefore violate the FAA Grant Assurances.