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Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Germanwings Co-Pilot Apparently Hid Medical Condition

Torn-Up Doctor's Notice Found In Lubitz's Apartment

During a search of the home of Andreas Lubitz Thursday, German prosecutors say they found  found a torn-up note from a doctor indicating he should go on medical leave for an unspecified reason.

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Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Article Claiming FAA Praise For Germanwings Co-Pilot Is Fake

Agency Recognized Only That He Held A Foreign-Based Private Pilot License

There has been an article racing across the Internet that the FAA had at one point praised Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz ... who flew his Airbus A320 into the ground in the French Alps. But further research indicates that the article is fake.

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Fri, Mar 27, 2015

IFALPA Strongly Condemns Leaking Of Germanwings CVR Data

Calls Release Of Early Data A 'Breach Of Trust'

The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) deplores and condemns the leaking of certain elements of the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) of the Germanwings flight 4U9525.

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Fri, Mar 27, 2015

NLRB Approves Election For Machinists At Boeing SC

Balloting Set For April 22

There will be a vote that could lead to the unionization of employees at Boeing's South Carolina assembly facility. According to an agreement, which was facilitated by the NLRB and is known as a stipulated election agreement, the one-day election is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at five separate locations on Boeing’s North Charleston campus.

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Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Mica Drafts Bill For ATC Privatization

Measure Would Place Air Traffic Control 'In The Hands Of The Stakeholders', Congressman Says

Congressman John Mica (R-FL), the former chair of the House Transportation Committee, has drafted a bill that would privatize air traffic control in the United States. Mica presented the draft bill to the aviation subcommittee at their hearing earlier this week.

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Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Norwegian Changes Cockpit Procedures

Will Require Two Crewmembers In The Cockpit At All Times

Norwegian has decided to change its cockpit procedures so that two crew members always are present in the cockpit.

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Fri, Mar 27, 2015

FAA SAFO Recommends Scenario-Based Go-Around Training

Follows In-Depth Study Of Loss-Of-Control Accidents

The FAA has issued a Safety Alert For Operators (SAFO) encouraging air carriers to incorporate scenario-based go-around training into pilot training curricula.

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Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Air Travel Groups Oppose Proposed Airport Tax Hike

Join A4A In Lobbying Congress Against The Increase

The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) and Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) have joined with Travelers United and others in support of efforts by Airlines for America (A4A) opposing a proposed doubling of the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) – or Airport Tax.

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Fri, Mar 27, 2015

ICAO Recognizes Global Aviation Training Achievements

Special Ceremony Held In Dublin

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) continued its drive to bolster aviation training capacity and delivery worldwide yesterday, recognizing seven TRAINAIR PLUS Program Members and two course validators during a special ceremony at its TRAINAIR PLUS and Global Aviation Training Symposium, co-organized by and hosted by the Dublin International Aviation Training Academy.

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Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Germanwings Pilot Apparently Locked Out Of Cockpit

CVR Indicates Pounding On Cockpit Door, Shouting For It To Be Opened

Data retrieved from the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) aboard the Germanwings Airbus A320 that went down in the French Alps indicates that the pilot had been locked out of the cockpit before the plane impacted terrain. 

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