Amazon paid an FAA penalty of $91,000 last week for shipping a package via FedEx on Sept. 16, 2013, containing a flammable liquid adhesive considered to be a hazardous material. Amazon offered the shipment without the requisite shipping papers or emergency response information and did not mark, label or properly package the shipment. Amazon also failed to train its employees properly in preparing hazmat packages for shipment by air.
More than 1,000 delegates attending the March 11 to 13 IATA World Cargo Symposium in Los Angeles heard a downbeat assessment of prospects for air freight from FedEx chairman and CEO Fred Smith and IATA chief economist Brian Pearce, both of whom talked of long-term structural challenges.
Helicopters and airplanes can fly virtually anywhere in the world, but sometimes the most reasonable way to move them across oceans is by ship. That’s part of what Bruzzone Shipping does and the reason the company is here at Heli-Expo’13, but it’s not all it does.
In business for 44 years, the company started as a U.S. Customs House broker and international freight forwarder, which it still does, along with warehousing and international shipping by surface vessels and cargo airplanes.
Following three in-flight fires on transport aircraft over the past six years, two of which cost four pilots their lives, the NTSB recommended last week that the FAA improve fire-protection regulations. “These recommendations involve improving early detection of fires originating within cargo containers and pallets,” the Board said in its letter to the FAA.
The FAA recently proposed significant fines against both Horizon Air and FedEx for alleged repeated violations of Federal Aviation Regulations. The agency wants to fine Horizon Air $1.005 million for allegedly operating 22 Bombardier DHC-8-402s on more than 186,000 revenue flights when they were not in compliance with FARs. The agency has also proposed a $681,200 penalty against FedEx for 19 different occasions when employees accepted hazardous materials for shipment and failed to tag those shipments properly and inform flight crews of their contents.
The Cargo Airline Association (CAA), representing air cargo carriers in the U.S., has sided with the FAA in a lawsuit brought against the agency by UPS pilots over its flight crew member duty and rest rule, issued December 21.
Pilot unions say they were outgunned by a cargo industry lobby that convinced the FAA to exclude air cargo operations from its new flightcrew member duty and rest requirements, a rule they vow to amend.
The air freight industry needs to quickly adopt the more sophisticated and holistic approaches to security already introduced in the maritime cargo sector, according to Neil Fisher, vice president of Global Security Solutions with IT group Unisys.
The former Maersk Air, reconstituted in a management buyout in June and renamed Duo, announced last month that it has severed its relationship with British Airways, after the UK flag carrier said it would cut in half its operations from Duo’s Birmingham, UK base.
American Utilicraft’s full-size fuselage mockup arrived in New Orleans on September 11, to be ready for display at the scrubbed NBAA Convention. Under development for 10 years, the FF-1080 is designed to carry six fully loaded (2000-lb) LD-3 cargo containers up to 500 mi or four such containers up to 1,500 mi
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