The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) is disputing the FAA’s claims that the agency exceeded air traffic controller staffing targets for the fiscal year that ended on September 30. The agency said it hired more than 1,800 controllers during the year, topping the FY06 year-end total by 256 controllers. As a result, the agency now employs 14,874 controllers.
The ink was scarcely dry on an FAA press release about successfully hiring new controllers when the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) said it begs to differ with the agency’s conclusions. On Friday, the FAA said it exceeded its air traffic controller staffing targets for the fiscal year that ended on September 30 by hiring more than 1,800 controllers during the year, topping the FY06 year-end total by 256 controllers.
Eclipse Aviation maintains that financial problems aren’t behind its decision on Friday to trim about 100 of its 1,500 employees. In a letter sent to employees addressing the cuts, company president and CEO Vern Raburn said, “This step was not driven by financial requirements.
Each year, representatives of the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) program issue five levels of training certificates– bronze, silver, gold, ruby and diamond–to eligible technicians and employers. The employer Diamond Certificate is awarded when 25 percent of each site’s eligible employees receive a minimum of six hours of training during the course of a year.
A federal judge approved a deal between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Gulfstream Aerospace in which the airframe manufacturer agreed to pay $2.1 million to more than 60 former employees–none of them pilots–to settle an age-discrimination suit.
In an e-mail sent to employees on Friday morning, AEXjet CEO John Gallaher said the charter company is ceasing operations for two weeks while the transactions for entering into a “business combination” with an unidentified operator are finalized. The company voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on September 14, and Gallaher released a statement at that time assuring customers and employees that operations would continue.
North Sea oil and gas producers could be facing a summer of extreme discontent should a voting majority of union members at CHC Scotia have their way.
A marginally sufficient 55 percent of the 540-strong force of eligible employees at aeromed operator Air Methods recently voted to approve representation by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU). Under the Railway Labor Act, a simple majority is all that’s required for a union to win such a decision.
The lawyer representing former Fairchild Dornier employees issued a statement on May 14 that reasserts a court petition to force the company’s U.S. subsidiaries into Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The statement came just two weeks after the law firm of Campbell Miller Zimmerman expressed optimism over Fairchild Dornier’s assurances that it would “immediately” address its U.S.
Gulfstream Aerospace has awarded FlightSafety International a five-year contract to perform maintenance technician training at its Savannah, Ga. factory. The contract also includes training for all other Gulfstream