Pilots of aircraft approaching the Washington, D.C., area were again reminded on September 11 of the opportunity to fly one of two NextGen arrival procedures created to commemorate the 9/11 attacks on the nation’s capital in 2001. The arrivals also pay tribute to members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. According
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The FAA on August 8 banned all U.S. airlines and commercial operators, as well as anyone flying with an FAA-issued pilot certificate, from operating within Iraqi airspace at any altitude in response to ground fighting between Iraqi security forces and militants. The ban remains in force until further notice.
The AirPooler general aviation ride-sharing system has advised pilot-members not to list any flights, pending a discussion with the FAA to clarify AirPooler’s regulatory standing.
Ellen Saracini, widow of United Airlines Flight 175 captain Victor Saracini, has not relented in her attempts to see secondary security barriers installed on all airliners while also trying to ensure the barrier equipment already installed on some transport aircraft is not removed.
Ellen Saracini, widow of 9/11 United Airlines Flight 175 captain Victor Saracini, told AIN she does not believe that the airline her late husband flew for is doing all it can to prevent another 9/11-like cockpit takeover. Saracini was invited to Chicago on September 4 to discuss (with United vice president of corporate safety Michael Quiello) the company’s use of secondary cockpit barriers to prevent a potential breach. United Airlines currently maintains the largest fleet of aircraft already equipped with secondary barriers.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) once again failed to meet its deadline to finalize the repair station security rule. The agency’s inaction means that the FAA remains under a moratorium on certifying foreign aviation repair stations that has been in place since 2008.
Flight crew unions have opposed last week’s policy change by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) that will allow some knives in U.S. airliner cabins. Under its revised prohibited items list effective April 25, TSA will begin allowing knives with blades up to 2.36 inches in length and 0.5 inches in width to be carried aboard, as well as some wooden and metal clubs, all of which have been prohibited since the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks on the U.S.
The FAA has made a last-minute decision to cancel Notice JO 7110.584, which included new instructions for procedures such as “Climb via,” “Descend via” and some speed adjustments. The changes, which had been due to take effect on August 15, stem from concerns by the U.S. agency about the adequacy of pilot and controller briefing material.The FAA will notify the industry when it has established a revised date.
A Chinese-registered Embraer E190 regional jet returned to Hotan Airport (ZWTN), China on June 29 after six people attempted to hijack the aircraft.
The hijackers, reportedly carrying explosives, were subdued by passengers and crew in fight after they attempted to break down the cockpit door to gain entry.
The air transport industry has proved largely immune to the effects of terrorism, pandemics and natural disasters over the past 32 years, according to a new report released last week by OAG and UBM Aviation.
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