Bankrupt AMR Corp. has agreed to freeze the pension plan in place for members of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) rather than shift the burden to the U.S. government’s Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), the TWU anno
Raymond Deskins III, a former air traffic controller at the Washington ARTCC in Leesburg, Va., was convicted this week of fraudulently obtaining some $700,000 in disability benefits. He received the disability benefits from 2005 to 2008 while he was working as a construction foreman for a Northern Virginia company, even though he repeatedly told the Department of Labor that he wasn’t engaging in any work activities. He will be sentenced in May.
Nav Canada is changing Canadian ATC procedures to require aircraft to comply with published SID/Star altitude restrictions unless they are cancelled by ATC, starting February 9. According to NBAA, an aircraft that is assigned a SID/Star and then assigned a higher or lower altitude is still expected to comply with any published altitude restrictions on the SID/Star while climbing or descending to the new assigned altitude unless ATC specifically states “all SID/Star altitude restrictions cancelled.”
John Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has started returning fire from Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, who has declared war on the TSA.
A business jet captain pursuing a master’s degree at Embry-Riddle is asking pilots at Part 91 turbine operators to take a survey to help with her degree capstone project.
DEA and FBI agents yesterday arrested 22 employees and former employees of Boeing’s Ridley Park, Pa. plant, and one non-employee, in an undercover sting aimed at prescription drug abuse at the manufacturing plant, according to Vito Guarino, DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge.
A Bell Helicopter spokesman denies that the company did anything improper in accepting approximately $300 million in U.S. Defense Department independent research and development (IRAD) funds to develop the Model 609 civil tiltrotor program. Bell announced in June that it is in the process of selling the 609 outright to co-development partner AgustaWestland.
Gulfstream once again holds the number one slot for jets. Hawker Beechcraft takes the top spot among new turboprops, while Mitsubishi takes the overall t-prop title. Bell leads among helicopter OEMs.
Bell’s Aeronautical Accessories brand will distribute the TrueView Enhanced Visions Systems infrared thermal imaging system worldwide. It is currently certified via supplemental type certificate in the U.S. and Canada for the Bell 206B and 206L. TrueView is developing systems for the Bell 407 and 429.
The FAA is proposing a $194,249 civil penalty against ERA for alleged violations of its drug-and-alcohol testing regulations related to pre-employment screening and random testing of existing employees during 2009 and 2010. The OGP helicopter service company has since brought its hiring and drug testing programs into compliance.