Social Issues

October 2, 2007 - 11:31am

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.

September 24, 2007 - 1:25pm

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.

August 30, 2007 - 6:21am

The Transportation Department’s inspector general told the House aviation subcommittee in July that possible extensions to the durations of medical certificates and the planned raising of the airline pilot retirement age underscore the importance of the medical certification process.

August 27, 2007 - 5:16am
July 23, 2007 - 11:22am

A group of current and former airline pilots rallied on Capitol Hill yesterday afternoon to protest the 45-year-old FAA regulation that forces pilots to leave the cockpit once they reach age 60. The group, flanked by Southwest Airlines chairman Herb Kelleher, Jet Blue vice president Robert Land, Sen. James Inhofe (D-Okla.) and Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.), said that momentum is building in Congress to change the rule.

July 17, 2007 - 11:38am

A hearing held today by the House transportation and infrastructure subcommittee on aviation sought to examine ways to reduce the level of falsifications and omissions on FAA medical applications.

June 12, 2007 - 10:07am

Where is the House’s version of the FAA funding bill? That is the question industry is asking as time draws short to get it through committee and passed on the full floor. A spokesman for the Republican minority confirmed to AIN that the current delay stems from the issue of controller staffing. “Committee leaders urged the FAA and NATCA [the controllers’ union] to resolve their differences,” he said.

May 1, 2007 - 5:46am

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is partnering with the FAA to provide veterans with disabilities on-the-job training as air traffic controllers or technicians installing and repairing ATC equipment.

April 30, 2007 - 6:29am

The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has called for a hearing later this spring on falsified medical certificates after the Transportation Department’s Inspector General found “egregious” cases of airmen lying to the FAA about medical conditions to pass their medical exams.

April 17, 2007 - 11:37am

Operation Safe Pilot, an 18-month federal probe into “the misuse of Social Security numbers by pilots,” ended last month with the indictment of 40 pilots–some with commercial or ATP certificates–on fraud charges. During the investigation of 40,000 FAA-licensed pilots in northern California, federal agents identified numerous pilots with current medicals who were receiving disability benefit payments.

 
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