Controller

July 27, 2009 - 11:07am

A report from the Department of Transportation inspector general found that the FAA’s reported rate of training failures among newly hired air traffic controllers is not accurate because the agency does not track failures among new controllers separately; the current rate will likely increase as the FAA hires more new controllers between Fiscal Years 2009 and 2017; the FAA does not have a uniform definition of training failures and other types

July 27, 2009 - 7:30am

The FAA moved the reporting of operational errors by air traffic controllers away from a punitive system to “one in which understanding why operational errors occur and how to prevent them takes precedent.” Most notably, operational-error reports will not include the name of the controller involved in the incident, a move meant to encourage the reporting of problems.

July 21, 2009 - 10:33am

The FAA yesterday announced that air traffic controller operational error reporting is moving away from a punitive system to “one in which understanding why operational errors occur and how to prevent them takes precedent.” Most notably, operational error reports will not include the name of the controller involved in the incident, a move meant to encourage the reporting of problems.

June 25, 2009 - 12:08pm

A report to Congress by the Transportation Department inspector general found that the FAA’s reported rate of training failures among newly hired air traffic controllers is not accurate because the agency does not track failures among new controllers separately; the current rate will likely increase as the FAA hires more new controllers between Fiscal Years 2009 and 2017; the FAA does not have a uniform definition of training failures and othe

April 2, 2008 - 9:52am

With an established reputation in the field of on-board water treatment for aircraft, International Water-Guard of Burnaby, British Columbia, has launched a program to develop a components line that includes the “pumps, valves and heaters that make up a complete water system.” According to IWG president and CEO David Fox, “Distributed device control is the way of the future, [and] IWG will be able to provide both system components and controll

September 25, 2007 - 8:19am

Rockwell Collins (Booth No. 5500) and home theater specialist Kaleidescape announced the development of a video control interface that integrates the Rockwell Collins cabin management system with the Kaleidescape entertainment server. The Kaleidescape program allows storage of DVDs and CDs on an array of fail-safe, hard-disk drives and permits automatic viewing and organization of audio and video collections.

July 23, 2007 - 10:35am

National Air Traffic Controllers Association president John Carr said, “Fewer eyes watching busier skies is not a scenario any of us want. Unless funds for hiring [new controllers] are appropriated, staff shortages will inevitably lead to serious delays, congestion and, yes, safety concerns.” NATCA is calling for $14 million to be allocated for hiring and training new controllers as part of the FAA’s 2005 fiscal-year budget.

April 12, 2007 - 11:15am

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) is placing the burden of the NTSB’s recommendations squarely on the FAA. “Controller schedules were imposed on the controller workforce last September with little to no input [from controllers], let alone negotiations,” said a Natca spokesman. He dismissed FAA statements that controller schedules are “negotiated” with the union and that schedule changes require approval from employees.

April 12, 2007 - 11:14am

The NTSB issued a series of recommendations this week asking the FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association to tighten regulations and procedures pertaining to controller vigilance, training and fatigue.

February 2, 2007 - 4:07am

Although the FAA needs to hire 11,800 new controllers through Fiscal Year 2015 to replace retirees and other vacancies, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) noted the agency’s own FAA Administrator’s Fact Book (a quarterly publication) reports that the overall total number of controllers dropped from 14,227 at the end of FY2005 to 14,206 in FY2006.

 
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