The Senate voted late last night to extend the retirement age for Part 121 airline pilots to 65, sending the measure to President Bush to sign into law. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed H.R.4343, the Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act, on a 390-0 roll call vote. Last night the Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent.
Beginning this month, engine manufacturers seeking type certification on new turbine designs with inlet areas greater than 26.9 sq ft will have to pass more stringent bird-ingestion tests. The amended rule–already ratified by the EASA–formalizes standards that the industry has already largely adopted, according to Marc Bouthillier of the FAA’s engine and propeller directorate.
Beginning next month, engine manufacturers seeking FAA type certification for new turbine designs with inlet areas greater than 2.5 square meters (roughly 27 sq ft) will have to pass more stringent bird-ingestion tests. The amended rule–already accepted by the EASA–formalizes standards that the industry has already largely adopted, according to Marc Bouthillier of the FAA’s engine and propeller directorate.
A federal judge approved a deal between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Gulfstream Aerospace in which the airframe manufacturer agreed to pay $2.1 million to more than 60 former employees–none of them pilots–to settle an age-discrimination suit.
Proving perhaps that nothing sweeps cleaner than a new broom, Bell Helicopter CEO Mike Redenbaugh, in the job since late May, has announced plans to move Bell’s military helicopter manufacturing out of its historic Fort Worth, Texas facility and into a new site in Amarillo, Texas. The Amarillo site will also handle final assembly for the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor, according to a recent message from Redenbaugh.
In 1981 President Reagan fired virtually all aircraft traffic controllers and banned them from reapplying for controller jobs after their union, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Association (Patco), convinced them to strike. While nearly 800 Patco controllers have been re-hired since President Clinton lifted the ban in 1993, “thousands” of others have not been hired because of their age, Patco said.
Are the new Department of Labor (DOL) “Fair Pay Rules,” which became effective August 23 and changed the overtime pay rules for workers earning less than $23,660 per year, or $455 per week, in danger of extinction? By a vote of 223 to 193 last month, the House tacked an amendment on to the $142.5 billion measure funding education, worker training and health programs that would block the DOL rules.
No one connected with Texas charter operator Addison Express was arrested or otherwise implicated in connection with an early-August drug bust by federal agents, in which three Learjets operated by the company were seized, according to company owner Dale Griffin (AIN, September, page 8).
Sixteen RNAV standard instrument departure (SID) procedures go into effect October 12 for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The FAA is expanding RNAV SIDs from use in Las Vegas, where they were first introduced in 2002, to the rest
of the National Airspace System, starting with DFW. For more information, visit www.avn.faa.gov/acifp.asp.
Air Routing International (Booth No. 1705) is introducing several enhancements to its online Flight Manager application at www.flightmanager.com. The newly redesigned Web site allows clients to update user preferences and, by early next year, to customize their online invoices. In the past, clients had to call upon ARI to add, edit or disable a user.