The four largest fractional operators–NetJets, Flight Options, Flexjet and CitationShares–hired 11 pilots in March, compared with none during the same month last year, according to figures compiled by AIR Inc. of Atlanta. The March figure brings to 56 the number of fractional pilots hired in the first quarter, versus 47 in the same period last year.
The completion and refurbishment industry continues to grow. That’s the gospel according to Midcoast Aviation, and the Cahokia, Ill.-based aviation services center is practicing what it preaches. It has announced plans to increase its overall workforce by 100 over the next 12 months, and about half of the new-hires will be directly involved in interior completion and refurbishment.
Federal guidelines for improving security at the nation’s more than 18,000 general aviation airports remain bottled up in the Transportation Security Administration almost six months after a GA airport security working group made its recommendations to the agency.
Cessna Aircraft president and CEO Jack Pelton said last month that the Wichita company’s newest business jet, the Citation Mustang, will be assembled at its Independence, Kan. plant.
At least 250 pilots are estimated to be hired this year by the Big Four fractional providers, according to Aviation Information Resources (AIR). This is about 50 more than were hired last year. If the estimate turns out to be accurate, it will reverse a slide that frax hiring has been on since the Atlanta-based firm began tracking the employment situation at such operators four years ago.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association filed a lawsuit in late January asking a federal court to order the Federal Service Impasses Panel to resolve a bargaining issue between NATCA and the FAA that affects employees at 11 facilities. NATCA also named the Federal Labor Relations Authority in its suit.
In the ongoing saga of air traffic controller staffing, the FAA announced yesterday as part of its 10-year forecast that it is increasing controller hiring to better meet attrition and increasing system demand. The agency’s updated Air Traffic Control Workforce Plan now specifies the need for 15,000 new controllers over the next decade, up from previous plans for 12,500 new controllers over a similar period.
Reliance Aerotech Services (RAS) of Nashville, Tenn., has launched a toll-free recruitment hotline to make it easier for prospective employees to contact the company’s recruiters. RAS provides outsourced aviation maintenance personnel and integration solutions for the defense, government, business and commercial aviation markets.
Comair has given its pilots until March 4 to ratify a tentative deal forged with union representatives last month after U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge Adlai Hardin ruled that the group cannot legally call a strike. The agreement came just as management prepared to impose $15.8 million in cost concessions, authority for which Hardin had granted in December. Whatever the result of the pilot vote, ALPA vowed to appeal Hardin’s ruling.
Three of the five pilots for Cleveland-based fractional aircraft operator Flight Options who are trying to organize pilots under International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108 (the same union that represents NetJets fractional pilots) told AIN that they soon expect to have enough organizing cards to call a vote.