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.
Bob Keel, 53, is chief pilot and director of operations for Flying High Aviation in Dallas. He flies a Lockheed JetStar II. “I had done a routine physical with my doctor, and the stress test identified a potential blockage of my left anterior descending artery,” he told AIN.
In a June 2 letter to customers, Skyservice president Russell Payson exhorted everyone not to curtail travel plans to Toronto despite negative publicity concerning that city’s involvement in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) warnings.
Bell 407, Huntsville, Texas, June 8, 2008–Four people–the pilot, flight nurse, flight paramedic and a patient–were killed when the EMS Bell 407 crashed in Sam Houston National Forest in night VMC. The Med 12 flight had picked up a patient at Huntsville Memorial Hospital and was en route to Herman Memorial Helipad in Houston.
For entrepreneurs, the maturing of a growing market they created comes as a mixed triumph. On the one hand come the recognition, fame and loads of money that flow from not only setting the pace but also defining the race. On the other, there’s the pressure that the inevitable competition brings as other smart people sharpen their pencils and try to top the original business concept with improvements.
DeCrane Aircraft Systems Integration Group, as a major supplier of fuel systems, has established an SFAR (Special Federal Aviation Regulation) 88 support team to provide the industry with regulatory compliance services. The team is FAA-trained and has been involved in other SFAR compliance issues.
A new inflight medical diagnostic system is being launched here at the NBAA show, claiming to be cheaper and easier to use than existing equipment. EMS-Link (Booth No. 2079) is priced at $9,980 per aircraft annually and, according to company CEO Paul Egan, requires absolutely no training for cabin crew.