Property and casualty insurance company Travelers is venturing into aviation with its Travelers Aviation division, announced last month.
An FAA investigation of the New York Terminal Radar Approach Control (Tracon) determined that it is "more than adequately staffed for safe operations and that local union-controlled scheduling practices are inefficient and wasteful, creating overtime costs that are more than double any other air ATC facility in the country." The need for overtime was compounded, the report said, "by absences due to widespread abuse of sick leave and workers
The Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 1108, which represents pilots for fractional provider Flight Options, said this week that some pilots were fired for their inability to receive Canpass authorization. According to the union, Flight Options management recently fired or otherwise forced out approximately six pilots over what it said amounted to simple traffic violations.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is partnering with the FAA to provide veterans with disabilities on-the-job training as air traffic controllers or technicians installing and repairing ATC equipment.
Aviall has reached an agreement to acquire certain assets of Sisu Services, a supplier of aircraft brake and wheel services, parts and technical information. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Sisu Services, based in Crown Point, Ind., has begun to operate as an independent business division of Aviall Product Repair Services. Founded in 1985, the company has 16 employees and serves customers in 42 states.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), which represents nearly 700 members of the international aviation maintenance and alteration community, recently published the results of its 2007 member survey.
The survey highlighted the success and subsequent growing needs of the industry, as international contract maintenance stations continue to expand their role of ensuring safety and efficiency in the skies.
The Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology (MIAT) will incorporate FlightSafety’s Principles of Troubleshooting course into its curriculum. The move is designed to help students develop a better understanding of the latest technology used in aircraft as they prepare for a career as professional aircraft technicians.
The Office and Professional Employee International Union says that the pilot strike it led at PHI had a significant effect on the company’s 2006 financial results. The company posted a net loss of $667,000 last year, compared with net earnings of more than $14.1 million the previous year. Over the same period, the company’s operating revenues increased from $363.6 million to $413.1 million.
It appears that the informational picketing by NetJets pilots, who are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, is having the desired effect of putting pressure on company management to finally hammer out a new contract with the pilot workforce.
Taking a tough line before next week’s opening of contract negotiations with the air traffic controllers union, the FAA said yesterday that “fundamental changes are needed in the contract if the agency is to afford new systems and inspectors to improve safety and to modernize the ATC system to reduce delays and congestion.” Currently, labor costs account for 80 percent of the FAA’s operating budget, and agency officials are looking back at a