The first nine new pilots to complete NetJets Europe’s ab initio training program joined the company’s flight-crew roster in November and December, following their graduation from the UK’s Oxford Aviation Training course. A further 38 ab initio pilots are due to graduate this year, followed by 21 more next year.
The Twirly Birds, an international organization of pioneer helicopter pilots, will be hosting its annual meeting tonight at the Marriott Hotel Orange Country Ballroom at 5 p.m. The organization dates back to 1945, and full membership is restricted to licensed helicopter pilots who soloed at least 20 years ago.
Wichita-based PIM Aviation Insurance, an insurance broker serving the business and commercial aviation market since 1982, recently added life insurance for pilots to its portfolio. Pilots interested in obtaining a free quote can stop by Booth No. 5111. PIM partnered with several insurance companies willing to provide competitively priced life insurance for pilots when they are operating aircraft, the company said.
NetJets pilots will be consolidated into a system-wide seniority list, per a letter of agreement between NetJets and the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP), the in-house union for NetJets Aviation (NJA) pilots.
Galaxy Aviation is offering Visa gift cards to pilots who visit the company’s new FBO terminal and hangar facility during this year’s NBAA Convention (October 6 to 8) in Orlando, Fla. From October 5 to 9, Galaxy will give pilots a gift card in the amount of 10 cents per gallon for every gallon over 250 purchased at Galaxy Orlando.
Last month’s ratification of a cost-cutting deal by the 1,400 pilots of Air Canada Jazz could set the country’s regional airline industry on an entirely new course if management succeeds with a reorganization plan centered on a broader scope of operation for the Air Canada regional subsidiary.
The FAA issued a final rule that specifies the extended duration of first- and third-class medicals for pilots under age 40. Effective July 24, the agency extended the duration of third-class medicals from 36 calendar months to 60 calendar months and first-class medicals from six calendar months to 12 calendar months for pilots under age 40. According to AOPA, current and expired medical certificates are grandfathered under this rule.
Accusing the Flight Options management team of being “out of touch with its pilots’ legitimate career aspirations,” the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, which represents the pilots at the fractional, last month filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board.
Last month the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) filed with the National Mediation Board (NMB) for an election to allow the pilots at fractional aircraft operator Raytheon Travel Air to vote for union representation. If it is verified that 35 percent or more of RTA pilots have requested an election, it will be so ordered. The only fractional pilots now unionized are those flying for NetJets, who belong to IBT Local 284.
Lufthansa CityLine reached a tentative contract agreement with its 663 pilots in late February, narrowly averting a strike that threatened to derail the German company’s recovery from a pair of one-day strikes last May by Lufthansa mainline pilots. In mid-February CityLine pilots voted nearly unanimously in favor of a strike if the sides did not reach an agreement by the end of that month.