To streamline the application process for air traffic controllers, the FAA has created consolidated screening and testing centers to provide “one-stop shopping” for prospective employees. According to the agency, consolidating security clearances, medical screenings and fingerprinting allows it to slash weeks off the application process. The first pre-employment processing center opened at the beginning of the year in New York.
Dassault Aviation CEO and Gifas chairman Charles Edelstenne had a sobering message for the European community despite presenting news that the French aerospace industry wrote a record €57.5 billion in orders last year. Speaking today at French aerospace trade group Gifas’s annual meeting, Edelstenne warned, “These results hide a very worrying reality.
Robinson Helicopter delivered its first R22 piston single in October 1979. Exactly 24 years later, the Torrance, Calif. manufacturer delivered its 5,000th helicopter. This milestone represents the production of 3,489 R22s and 1,522 four-seat R44s. The 5,000th machine, an R44 Raven II, was shipped to National Airways, a Robinson dealer based in Lanseria, South Africa.
Speaking yesterday at the fractional provider’s Port Columbus (Ohio) Airport operations center, NetJets CEO Richard Santulli ended months of speculation by announcing that the company will be staying put in the Buckeye State. Despite fierce competition from cities such as Raleigh, N.C.; Orlando, Fla.; and Fort Worth, Texas, in the end NetJets decided to expand its existing facility in Columbus rather than relocate.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) gave “Sentinel of Safety” awards to Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) to honor them for advancing aviation safety.
According to the controllers’ union, LoBiondo has been an outspoken leader on countless issues affecting the lives of working union members.
Charter broker Alerion announced February 5 that it is partnering with Aviation Facilities Security Group (AFSG) to provide private aviation travelers with custom security services, including personal security and detailed security preparation for travel in high-risk areas. AFSG also provides physical security surveys, security program development, flight crew training, program training and aviation safety materials.
This month marks the two-year anniversary of a pilot union on the property at Cleveland-based fractional provider Flight Options, but there won’t be any celebration since the group has yet to agree on a contract with company management. “We’re investing our resources into getting a contract, and until we achieve this goal we have no reason to celebrate,” noted a spokesman for IBT Local 1108.
Debi Irby always had a tough time finding new employees when she was chief pilot for various helicopter operators. The inquiries that did come to her attention were either random résumés from unqualified people or former military pilots asking how they could get into the civil market. It didn’t help that even within the aviation industry, helicopter people were thought of as a wild bunch, she said, “but we are professionals.”
The sixth annual HAI job fair yesterday at Heli-Expo drew more than 800 applicants who want to learn about opportunities to apply for positions with 34 aerospace employers, who are seeking to fill openings ranging from flight test engineer to upholstery shop manager, along with roles for a critical-care EMS nurse, sheet metal fabricator and glacier tour pilot.
To streamline the application process for air traffic controllers, the FAA has created consolidated screening and testing centers to provide “one-stop shopping” for prospective employees. According to the agency, consolidating security clearances, medical screenings and fingerprinting allows it to slash weeks off the application process.