Social Issues

May 9, 2008 - 7:19am

Polly Vacher is preparing for a May bid to become the first pilot to fly solo around the world via both the North and South Poles. She plans to depart from the UK’s Birmingham International Airport in her Piper Dakota piston single. The “Wings Around the World” flight will raise funds for the Flying Scholarships for the Disabled charity. Would-be sponsors can find more information at www.worldwings.org.

May 8, 2008 - 6:38am

In a cooperative agreement announced last month, ChevronTexaco Global Aviation (CTGA) employees will sponsor 22 children from around the world. After extensive research, the employees chose Childreach/ Plan, a nonprofit organization that promotes children’s well being, rights and interests around the world.

March 4, 2008 - 4:21am

The Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) is disappointed in the latest U.S. government budget proposal, which seeks nearly $1 billion in cuts from the FAA Airport Improvement Plan in the Fiscal Year 2009 budget. The proposal for 2009 would reduce airport improvement plan spending by $765 million compared to 2008 but also by $1.1 billion compared to numbers in the FAA reauthorization bill pending in Congress.

February 18, 2008 - 2:08pm

Yonkers, N.Y.-based Crestwood Technology Group (CTG) has intoduced a so-called Authent-Assure program to ensure that military, defense and aerospace contractors receive genuine parts and equipment in response to a marketplace that has become “flooded with counterfeit parts.”

February 5, 2008 - 4:23am

The pilots of Dallas-based CareFlite have approved a new contract including a pay hike, ending more than a year of work (and grueling negotiations) without a contract. The new three-year contract includes expanded pay and benefits for the pilots, including guaranteed overtime, annual pay increases of up to 6.2 percent and an average starting salary between $47,561 and $66,000.

February 5, 2008 - 4:23am

The pilots of Dallas-based CareFlite have approved a new contract including a pay hike, ending more than a year of work (and grueling negotiations) without a contract. The new three-year contract includes expanded pay and benefits for the pilots, including guaranteed overtime, annual pay increases of up to 6.2 percent and an average starting salary between $47,561 and $66,000.

January 31, 2008 - 10:59am

With FAA reauthorization still bogged down in the Senate over user fees, staff members are drafting a bill to extend the current aviation excise taxes until after the November presidential election. The House passed a four-year FAA funding bill in September that continues existing fuel taxes–adjusted for inflation–and contains no user fees. The general aviation community supports this legislation.

January 31, 2008 - 10:59am

With FAA reauthorization still bogged down in the Senate over user fees, staff members are drafting a bill to extend the current aviation excise taxes until after the November presidential election. The House passed a four-year FAA funding bill in September that continues existing fuel taxes–adjusted for inflation–and contains no user fees. The general aviation community supports this legislation.

January 15, 2008 - 4:48am

Eleven subcontractor employees have been arrested on charges they used fake immigration documents and lied about their pasts to get security clearances at Sikorsky Aircraft. Those arrested included eight illegal aliens who were accused of using false Social Security numbers and forged alien-registration cards to get jobs with as-yet unidentified Sikorsky subcontractors, according to U.S. Attorney Kevin O’Connor.

January 11, 2008 - 4:56am

“I’m from the FAA and I’m here to help you” will probably remain a dubious phrase, if the results of an FAA customer-satisfaction survey are any sign. In the fourth annual survey of U.S. commercial pilots conducted by the University of Michigan and its partners, the FAA gained nine points in its overall rating, up to 64 (out of 100).

 
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