The House aviation subcommittee cleared legislation yesterday that would force the FAA to follow established rulemaking processes before implementing a new requirement that some pilots be screened for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) before receiving a medical certificate. The bill, H.R. 3578, was introduced on November 21 by Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), chairman of the Transportation Committee’s aviation subcommittee.
NetJets is installing the Tempus IC system–a lightweight device that connects cabin crew to ground medical facilities through the aircraft’s satellite telephone system–aboard its midsize and large-cabin fleet of business aircraft. According to a NetJets spokesperson, some of the company’s current in-service fleet of Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s already have the Tempus equipment installed and an additional number of the fractional ownership provider’s Globals, as well as its Challenger 350s and 605s, are being fitted with the system.
Proposed legislation addressing sleep apnea will require pilots to be tested for sleep apnea, but maintenance personnel, who are not required to pass an FAA physical, are not addressed.
NBAA and AOPA welcomed legislation introduced on Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives that would require the FAA to go through the rulemaking process before issuing any requirement for some pilots to undergo screening for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) before receiving a medical certificate. Earlier this month, Federal Air Surgeon Dr.
The U.S. federal air surgeon, Dr. Fred Tilton, plans to demand specific sleep apnea testing for airmen who fit a particular profile. Untreated sleep apnea can be disqualifying to anyone with an FAA-issued medical certificate.
Essex Industries (Booth No. N4930) is promoting two new emergency breathing devices here at NBAA.
The Self-Contained Unit (SCU) is an emergency-breathing hood that protects for up to 60 minutes against smoke, carbon dioxide, lack of oxygen or decompression. The hood dons in less than 15 seconds and provides 360-degree visibility and allows the wearer to hear, talk, and move freely. It has a 10-plus-year shelf life.
Skandia is completing its repertoire of flammability tests with the addition of heat-release and smoke-density equipment for heat, smoke and toxicity testing capabilities.
“Adding these new tests is the direct response to requests by our global customers,” said Jarod Triplett, v-p of the Davis Junction, Ill. company. “This now makes Skandia one of the few single-source testing facilities that can offer the full complement of services.” The services offered include tests required for any commercial or regional aircraft certified to carry 20 or more passengers.
Air charter broker L’Voyage, Bombardier Business Jets sales representative Sino Private Aviation and business aircraft broker Jetcraft announced a one-year charity project to support the Hong Kong committee for Unicef’s “28 Days to Save a Child’s Life” fundraising campaign. The three companies pledged to raise more than $136,800 to support the campaign, which aims to provide more than 2.2 million doses of vaccine to save children from tetanus, a preventable deadly disease. They will donate 5,688 doses of tetanus vaccines per charter flight and 32,500 doses per aircraft sold.
An air transportation program has been launched for veterinarians serving in Kenya. Operating turbine aircraft, such as Cessna 208 Caravans, Sky Vets allows the mobile veterinary teams of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and Kenya Wildlife Service to respond rapidly to animals in need of urgent care virtually anywhere in Kenya. In May, Sky Vets treated its first patient, an elephant seriously injured by a poisoned arrow. Without treatment, say the vets, the elephant would have died. Sky Vets is funded initially by a $40,000 start-up grant from U.S. Friends of DSWT.