A story in this week’s Loveland, Colo. Reporter Herald says that Allegiant Airlines’ suspension of service from Loveland in August was due to airline CEO Maurice Gallagher’s concern about safety based on too much local air traffic and the airport’s lack of a control tower. Local city officials, as well as representatives of the Transport Workers Union representing Allegiant flight attendants want to know why, if flight safety is the reason for the pullout, the airline plans to continue operating service to Las Vegas through the end of October.
American Eagle flight attendants voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement with the bankrupt airline last month. The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) said the deal contains “substantial improvements” over management’s original bankruptcy term sheet as well as its so-called Last Best Final Offer. Eighty-seven percent of the AFA members who cast ballots voted in favor of the agreement.
The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 directed the agency to study the impact of cellphone operation on aircraft operations during scheduled airline flights. It is specifically seeking comments from aircraft operators, including flight attendants, pilots and passengers who have experience with cellphone use through onboard base stations. The 60-day comment period ends November 5.
The two pilots operating an Air India Airbus A330 between Delhi and Shanghai were grounded after an incident in which the aircraft encountered turbulence strong enough to damage the aircraft and injure some crew and passengers.
Despite reports from flight attendants of damage and injuries in the cabin, the two pilots did not divert the aircraft to a nearby airport, but continued on to the original destination.
Unionized pilots with United Airlines and the former Continental Airlines voted overwhelmingly on July 17 to authorize a possible strike, remaining, in the words of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), “wholly dissatisfied” with the pace of contract negotiations since the two airlines agreed to merge in May 2010.
Brazil’s Embraer took a brand-spanking-new Legacy 650 on a demonstration tour of the Eastern U.S. last month to show the airplane’s updated cabin and specifically the better soundproofing, revised layout, materials and in-flight entertainment system. The large-cabin twinjet’s visit to Teterboro coincided with the NBAA Regional Forum there on June 7 and Embraer invited several media people, including two AIN editors, on a “dinner aloft” with three Embraer marketing staff.
Each June, NBAA’s Flight Attendants Conference (FAC) promotes the professional development of full-time and contract flight attendants, flight technicians and cabin safety professionals. Hosted by the NBAA Flight Attendants Committee, it focuses on the importance of having trained flight attendants and technicians on board corporate aircraft and is a forum for discussing industry changes affecting cabin safety, security and service.
Even within the Fortune 50 flight departments, the question still arises sometimes as to whether or not cabin crew is required on board. In fact, if you have fewer than 19 passengers and the flight is operating under Part 91 or Part 135, the regulations do not require a third crewmember. But many of the lead flight attendants and cabin service managers who attended the FAC asked if that is smart. Some even voiced the desire for FAA regulations demanding a third crew member for any jet that has an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds.
In a rare public disagreement among crew members, the captain of Air Canada 139, an Airbus A320, and the three flight attendants on duty on June 8, argued about odd odors emanating from the aircraft ventilation system. The cabin crew thought they represented an unsafe condition; the captain did not.
Crewmembers can now complete their initial and recurrent training requirements for both first aid and emergency procedures through new bundled offerings from MedAire and FlightSafety International. Under the new program, crewmembers can schedule, attend and complete required emergency preparedness training offered by FlightSafety and MedAire at one location, reducing travel time and expenses.