The Corporate Angel Network (CAN) achieved a major milestone last month by providing air transport for its 30,000th cancer patient since its founding 26 years ago. The Westchester County, N.Y.-based national charity arranges free transport for cancer patients using empty seats on corporate and fractional aircraft. For the milestone flight, Liberty Mutual Insurance carried a patient from Atlanta to Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
The issue of composite repair has grown in significance with the wider use of the material in airframe construction. GKN Aerospace says it has developed hot bond heater mat technology into a highly efficient composite repair process applicable to many repair tasks.
“Direct observation” of aviation employees during drug and alcohol tests applies only to individuals who are returning to duty after a previous positive test, or if there is reasonable suspicion. The tests apply to only Part 121 and 135 operations, although some Part 91 operators follow the regulations, according to Dr. Quay Snyder, president and CEO of Virtual Flight Surgeons, Aurora, Colo.
Helping others has a long tradition in aviation and continues today with the Corporate Angel Network, Angel Flight, NBAA Build and the Chairman’s Charity Classic Golf Tournament, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and many others. Here at the convention, Universal Weather and Aviation (Booth No. 219) is talking about two charitable opportunities it is supporting.
Safe Flight Instrument Corp. (Booth No. 5194) of White Plains, N.Y., has supported the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) since its founding in 1981 and even made the first CAN flight, bringing a 16-year-old boy home to Detroit after a cancer treatment in New York City. This year Safe Flight is donating $50,000 to CAN (exhibiting in South Lobby 7), while continuing to fly cancer patients on company business trips.
MedAire physicians are administering up to 600 cholesterol tests at Booth No. 1075 throughout the show. The tests take five minutes to process and are free to NBAA Convention attendees.
The Regional Airline Association (RAA) has joined the Air Transport Association in asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to withdraw its planned rule requiring airlines representatives to “directly observe” employee urination for the purpose of drug testing.
Although the recent economic downturn has led to a drop in charter activity among legitimate business travelers, the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s aviation division said he expects an increase in the use of charter aircraft by drug traffickers.
The FAA has revised drug and alcohol testing procedures, specifically requiring “direct observation” in all return-to-duty and follow-up drug tests.
Losing sleep is more than simply an inconvenience. Good slumber is essential for good health and clear mental and emotional functioning, and for this reason sleep disorders should concern pilots and maintenance technicians.