Federal Aviation Administration

January 5, 2007 - 10:04am

Commercial pilots and air traffic controllers who have English as a second language, as well as native speakers of English, are needed to participate in a test designed to measure spoken-English ability common in ATC/pilot radio communications internationally.

December 26, 2006 - 5:19am

As president and CEO, Stuart Matthews has been the face of the Flight Safety Foundation for the past 13 years. In October, he retired and handed the reins to William Voss, former director of air navigation for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

December 26, 2006 - 5:12am

A spate of crashes that led the FAA to propose mandatory pilot training requirements for the Mitsubishi MU-2 galvanized Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) into action. Representing constituents Jim and Linda Presba, whose son was killed in a Dec. 10, 2004, MU-2 crash near Centennial, Colo., Tancredo launched an effort to force the FAA to ground the MU-2.

December 26, 2006 - 5:04am

FAA Administrator Marion Blakey stonewalled the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) in new contract talks, declaring an impasse on April 5 and unilaterally imposing a new contract on June 5. The actions came after nine months of negotiations with the union that the agency claimed cost taxpayers $2.3 million.

December 22, 2006 - 4:16am

Industry groups, including NBAA, were working with the FAA late last year to get it to ease requirements on two issues that carried a January deadline.

December 21, 2006 - 9:31am

The FAA has released an NPRM for FAR Part 145 repair stations that proposes revising the established rating system to eliminate the current class system in lieu of more general ratings such as “airplane.” In addition, it would require all Part 145 repair stations to implement an expanded quality- assurance program, citing its criticality to “maintaining safety.” The FAA estimates that developing the program at a small repair station would cost

December 21, 2006 - 6:05am

The aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) advising the FAA about whether airline pilots should be able to fly after reaching the agency’s mandatory retirement age of 60 issued what could only be called a split decision.

December 21, 2006 - 5:57am

FAA Information for Operators 06005 (www.faa.gov/other_visit/aviation_industry/airline_operators/airline_safety/info) released last month alerts operators of aircraft equipped with TCAS and other collision or advisory devices of the potential for traffic advisories or other spurious signals caused by active transponders aboard

December 18, 2006 - 6:17am

In the late 1970s, Continental Airlines president Frank Lorenzo used a court of law to confront his pilots with an existing, although seldom used, negotiating technique, abrogating their contract when he was unable to secure an agreement through traditional collective bargaining. He quickly replaced his then striking workers with a non-union workforce willing to accept his management style and pay scale.

December 18, 2006 - 5:41am
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