The Feb. 13, 2008, incident in which both pilots fell asleep at the controls of a Go! Bombardier regional jet en route to Hilo, Hawaii, was caused by “the captain and first officer inadvertently falling asleep during the cruise phase of flight,” the Board noted. Luckily, the RJ carried extra fuel for a return trip to Honolulu, and the pilots woke up after flying 26 miles past Hilo.
Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings has introduced a full line of primers that are free of chrome and lead hazards. The products meet three key industry requirements–faster priming application, protection of the aircraft substrate and compliance with OSHA standards for chromate and lead exposure.
Medical authorities are advising travelers to Asia–and Southeast Asia in particular–to consider being vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis, a mosquito-borne viral infection. The vaccine isn’t suitable for everyone, but should be considered by travelers who plan an extended stay or will spend time in rural areas. Approximately 30,000 to 50,000 cases of Japanese encephalitis are reported annually.
Australia’s Regional Express (Rex) has established a fund worth A$200,000 ($135,000) in the form of air fares and other means to aid victims of the wildfires that ravaged much of the southeastern state of Victoria last month. Rex also organized collections aboard all its flights and promised to match dollar-for-dollar whatever passengers give.
The Regional Airline Association (RAA) has joined the Air Transport Association in asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to withdraw its planned rule requiring airlines representatives to “directly observe” employee urination for the purpose of drug testing.
The FAA has revised drug and alcohol testing procedures, specifically requiring “direct observation” in all return-to-duty and follow-up drug tests.
Losing sleep is more than simply an inconvenience. Good slumber is essential for good health and clear mental and emotional functioning, and for this reason sleep disorders should concern pilots and maintenance technicians.
The growth of business aviation in the Middle East and Asia has prompted many segments of the industry to change and expand their focus. The shift was evident at the 13th annual NBAA Flight Attendants Conference, held July 26 to 28 in Tucson, Ariz., which highlighted the role of the flight attendant in a global setting.
In a June 2 letter to customers, Skyservice president Russell Payson exhorted everyone not to curtail travel plans to Toronto despite negative publicity concerning that city’s involvement in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) warnings.
A new inflight medical diagnostic system is being launched here at the NBAA show, claiming to be cheaper and easier to use than existing equipment. EMS-Link (Booth No. 2079) is priced at $9,980 per aircraft annually and, according to company CEO Paul Egan, requires absolutely no training for cabin crew.