Details of an FAA investigation released last week uncovered enough evidence to conclude that the competency of any airmen examined by designated pilot examiner (DPE) Bruce Kalashian in the agency’s Fresno, Calif., flight standards district office (FSDO) between January 2012 and January 2014 should be considered in doubt. “As a result of the evidence obtained during the investigation, the FAA has determined that these airmen will require reexamination of their competency pursuant with 49 U.S.C.
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The NTSB is faulting the pilot for the fatal air tour crash of a Blue Hawaiian Helicopters Airbus EC130B4 that went down in heavy rain and limited visibility on the island of Molokai on Nov. 10, 2011. The crash killed pilot Nathan Cline and his four passengers.
The FAA proposed a $150,000 civil penalty against Farmingdale, N.Y.-based Talon Air on Friday. In a news release, the agency said the company allowed four of its pilots to operate its Hawker 4000s “at least 64 times between October 23, 2011, and July 9, 2012, while they were unqualified to serve as on-demand [Part 135] flight crewmembers.”
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Extension of Comment Period on Use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) and Pilot View Requirements for Vision Systems
Orlando, Florida-based SimCom (Stand 3014) now has approval from Brazil’s ANAC aviation authority for simulator pilot training in eight business aircraft types popular in the country. This covers the Cessna Citation II/SII/Bravo/Ultra, CitationJet 525/CJ1/CJ2/CJ3, Hawker 400/700/800/800XP, Learjet 20-series/30-series/55, Beechjet 400/400XP (and Beechjet predecessor MU-2), Westwind I/II and Eclipse 500. It also has ANAC approval for its Beechcraft King Air 90/100/200 training course at its Dallas-Fort Worth location.
An airline pilot studying for a Ph.D. wonders why otherwise competent pilots fail checkrides. “Although many quantitative studies have looked at what pilots do wrong, researchers have not previously sought pilot input on why pilots actually make those mistakes,” said Capt. Gary Boettcher. Pilot volunteers for Boettcher’s survey must have repeated a recurrent training simulator proficiency checkride, hold a current FAA medical certificate, be currently qualified and in an active flying bid status.
The FAA designated Tom Norton as one of only two Eclipse 500 pilot examiners in the world, allowing Sarasota, Fla.-based Norton Aviation to offer in-aircraft type-rating training, in addition to the FAA type rating checkride. Pilots can choose between conducting the training and FAA checkride at any location in their own aircraft or using Norton Aviation’s Eclipse 500.
What does it really take to start a Part 135 operation? Talking with pilots reveals confusion and intimidation about the requirements. One is sure to hear stories about the mountains of paperwork and inviting the “devil in your bed” by asking the FAA to oversee your operation.
Flash cards, a decidedly low-tech teaching tool, are being revived by the FAA and the AOPA’s Air Safety Foundation (ASF) to help prevent runway incursions. The FAA Office of Runway Safety has selected ASF to produce a new runway incursion training program in conjunction with a change in the practical test standards for private and commercial pilot licenses.
When Silver State Helicopters salesman “John Smith” (not his real name) was laid off in mid-November from his job recruiting student helicopter pilots, he figured that the now-bankrupt company was cutting expenses in an attempt to make the financials look better for an initial public stock offering. Silver State owner Jerry Airola had often discussed an IPO, according to Smith, and it seemed that it might be a possibility.
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