Bombardier Aerospace has approved RCFontana as a training provider to teach technicians how to polish landing light, wingtip, walkway and emergency light lenses. The approval currently covers the Canadair Regional Jet line and should be expanded to the Dash 8 series shortly, according to company founder Ray Fontana.
Commercial pilots are at a higher risk than the general public of developing cataracts because of exposure to cosmic rays while aloft, a study concluded. The Wall Street Journal reported that researchers at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik found that pilots had “triple the risk of developing” the eye ailment. Cataracts, which can be removed surgically, cloud the eye’s lens and cause blindness.