The RAA has yet to formulate an opinion on the FAA’s recently published rule governing flight and duty time scheduled to take effect in two years. The new rule, in large part instigated by the February 2009 crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400, requires that pilots get at least 10 hours rest before each flight duty period–a two-hour increase over existing rules.
All 41 Bombardier CRJ900s and 19 Bombardier CRJ200s flying with Mesaba Airlines as Delta Connection on January 4 moved to the Pinnacle Airlines certificate, marking a “huge milestone” in Memphis-based Pinnacle’s efforts to shed one of its three operating certificates. Although Pinnacle Airlines Corp.
Pinnacle Airlines said in late October that it would close the headquarters of its Eagan, Minn.-based Mesaba Airlines subsidiary toward the end of next year’s first quarter as it moves to reduce the number of its operating certificates from three to two. Pinnacle also owns Manassas, Va.-based Colgan Air.
The chief pilot of Colgan Air had expressed reservations about the qualifications of the captain of the Bombardier Q400 that crashed on approach to Buffalo, N.Y., less than six months prior to the Feb. 12, 2009 accident, according to internal e-mail records released by the law firm representing seven families of the victims.
Colgan Air grounded the pilots who landed a Saab 340B at the wrong Louisiana airport on September 7, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
For the first time in the history of the Regional Airline Association (RAA), a sitting Department of Transportation Secretary attended the group’s annual convention this year.
One might forgive Regional Airline Association (RAA) president Roger Cohen for expressing what he called a certain “righteous indignation” on Tuesday after a day of meetings, forums and glad-handing during the association's annual convention, which began Monday and ends today.
The regional airline partners of United and Continental Airlines will no doubt face a period of some uncertainty as the major airlines prepare to merge their operations into the world’s largest international airline.
The crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 no doubt left its mark on the “Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements” issued this month by the National Transportation Safety Board, and for good reason. The Board’s first “most wanted” item essentially reiterates a pair of 2005 NTSB recommendations to which the FAA responded with only an Advisory Circular. Unfortunately, the FAA’s advisement did not prevent Capt.
The NTSB laid the primary blame on the pilots of Colgan Air Flight 3407 for the crash on February 12 last year that killed 50 people and perhaps more unflattering comparisons between the respective safety standards that prevail at regional airlines and their mainline counterparts.