The FAA has proposed a $1,025,000 civil penalty against San Antonio Aerospace for allegedly violating the Department of Transportation’s workplace drug-and-alcohol testing program. The alleged violations occurred between March 24, 2007 and May 8, 2008. The company was renamed ST Aerospace San Antonio in November 2009 and is currently a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Aerospace.
In a letter to Hawker Beechcraft employees on October 22, chairman and CEO Bill Boisture laid out plans for the Wichita OEM’s latest employee cuts, which will affect both salaried employees and management.
At AEI’s 38th Annual Congress last month in Hamburg one of Europe’s leading regulators refused to support aviation industry whistleblowers. According to Robert Alway, a spokesman for Aircraft Engineers International (AEI) of The Netherlands, while many countries at least give lip service to protecting whistleblowers, Luftfahrt Bundesamt, Germany’s counterpart to the FAA, refused to support them.
In mid-April, Midcoast Aviation senior v-p of green completions Rodger Renaud described business at the East Cahokia, Ill.-based maintenance and operations facility as “certainly better now than [at] this time last year.” Slightly more than a month later, on May 26, the company announced the layoff of 80 employees.
The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) is looking for a new chief executive to replace Guy Lachlan, who will be leaving the organization to pursue an opportunity outside aviation. The recruitment process began last month and shortlisted candidates will be called for interview beginning late this month until a suitable applicant is found.
In a decision that could have wide-ranging implications, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that helicopter pilots for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are not “professional employees” under the Fair Labor Standards Act and are therefore entitled to mandatory overtime pay. The ruling re-affirmed a lower court’s decision that the pilots are “highly trained technicians” and not professional employees.
Good news for job hunters–and the helicopter industry. A survey of 500 aviation companies by JSfirm (Booth No. 3611), an employment Web site dedicated to the aviation industry, finds 80 percent of employers in the helicopter industry expect to hire employees this year. Major areas of job growth will be in production (assembly and maintenance) and flight-crew positions, followed by sales, engineering and management positions.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, the union for Flight Options’ 500 pilots, early last month reached a tentative agreement for a first contract with the Cleveland-based fractional provider. The agreement comes some four years after the union came on the property and, if ratified, will end years of sometimes acrimonious negotiations.
Jet Aviation laid off 94 full-time employees at its completions and maintenance facility in Basel, Switzerland. The employees were let go last month but would be paid for an additional two or three months, depending on the terms of their contracts. According to a company spokesman, there will be a reduction of almost 200 people at the facility with the departure of some contract personnel and some staff who are leaving voluntarily.
Here’s an entry worthy of Ripley’s Believe It or Not: in the midst of the Great Recession of 2009, as U.S. jobs evaporate across the country, especially in the airline industry and particularly among skilled maintenance workers, Uncle Sam is working feverishly to fill jobs at domestic repair stations.