TSA Administrator John Pistole announced the retirement of deputy administrator Gale Rossides last week , effective July 1. Rossides has been with the TSA since its inception 10 years ago and, according to Pistole, “was one of the original six hired in 2001 to build the TSA.” During the TSA’s first years, she built the foundation for the agency’s workforce planning strategy. She later served as senior advisor to the deputy secretary of DHS to assist in the stand-up of the TSA’s parent agency and returned to the TSA in September 2005.
The FAA has just released a greatly expanded version of the original Pilot Record Improvement Act advisory circular (AC 120-68F) to address more operational situations employers might encounter related to a new-hire pilot’s professional certifications, safety record and possible law-enforcement actions.
A machinists strike at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics plant in Fort Worth, Texas, which manufactures the F-16 and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, has stretched into a seventh week, with no sign of an end. Demonstrations were also reported at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Md., where union members are also employed, and at Lockheed Martin’s corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Md.
Pilots at the offshore helicopter transport company ratified a three-year deal that provides for 4 percent annual wage increases retroactive to March 26, 2012. The new contract covers 235 helicopter pilots flying in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.
The number of job opportunities for maintenance personnel increased in the first part of this year, according to an annual survey by JSfirm.com, a web-based service supporting and matching job seekers with potential employers in the aviation/aerospace industry. “Going into this year’s survey we anticipated there might be a modest hiring increase, but the results surprised us,” Jeff Richards, business development manager for JSfirm.com, told AIN.
Lufthansa Technik Switzerland (LTSW) in Basel will undergo extensive restructuring to concentrate exclusively on line maintenance, light base maintenance and logistics services for its customers at Euro Airport. The company plans to reduce its 304-employee workforce to 82.
NATA has published the results of its 2012 compensation survey of general aviation service employees, which includes salaries and benefits for pilots, line-service personnel, maintenance technicians, inspectors and line service and customer service representatives, among others. Employee compensation is also broken down by geographic region of the country, company gross sales, community size and number of employees in the company. The report is free for NATA members who participated in the study, but costs $130 for non-participating members.
Pilot Kelvin Romello Changur pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Miami on April 25 to falsifying his application for an FAA medical certificate and later attempting to use a U.S. passport containing some of the same false information.
Hawker Beechcraft received federal bankruptcy court approval on Friday to continue operating during the reorganization process that follows the Wichita OEM’s filing for protection under Chapter 11 the previous day. The court decision will allow HBC to continue paying employees and vendors subsequent to the May 3 bankruptcy filing by allowing it access to $400 million in debtor-in-possession financing that was part of a pre-arranged restructuring.
Zurich, Switzerland-based Marenco Swisshelicopter has established a design office in Munich, Germany. There, it has hired some engineers who were employed at Eurocopter’s Ottobrunn site, now closing.. Marenco plans to have its SH-09 SKYe single flying by year-end.