A summary of the closed-to-the-media meeting between the FAA's
digital chart provider AeroNav and representatives from dozens of
companies who have built businesses based on the free use of those
charts has been acquired by ANN. The tone of the meeting, at least
from reading the summary, seems to be that charges for electronic
chart data are coming, and companies can either be on board or find
another line of business.
Agency Should Be More Diligent In Identifying 'Poor Performing'
A report issued by the office of the DOT Inspector General
on December 20 concludes that the FAA's oversight of air carrier
training programs and pilot performance and proficiency programs
"lacks the rigor needed to identify and track poor performing
pilots and address potential program risks."
Adds Their Voice To Those Saying Cargo Pilots Should Not Be
The FedEx Master Executive Council (MEC), the FedEx branch of
the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), issued a
statement concerning the FAA's final regulations regarding airline
pilot flight- and duty-time limitations and minimum rest
requirements, calling the rule "a political failure."
A State Department official says that the U.S. Government is
strongly opposed to the imposition of a European emissions
cap-and-trade scheme on U.S. flagged airliners. The EU's highest
court affirmed the Union's right to impose the fees in a decision
handed down Wednesday.
IAM Will Represent 2,160 FAs From The Regional Carrier
In an election prompted by the merger of ExpressJet Airlines and
Atlantic Southeast Airlines, the International Association of
Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) emerged as the clear winner
in a contest to determine union representation rights for more than
2,160 flight attendants.
Limited-Time Chance To Fly An Actual B-52G Simulator
The week after Christmas, the Kansas Aviation Museum will be
host to the worlds only public access B-52G Simulator. The
simulator replicates the experience of piloting the famous B-52
"Buff" with complete surround visuals and flight controls.
All Nippon Airways, Japan's largest airline and the launch
customer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, announced Wednesday that
the first two US destinations it will serve with the new plane
include Boeing's manufacturing home in Seattle, WA. The other is
San Jose, CA. ANA says it will fly from Tokyo's Narita airport to
both cities starting in fiscal 2012.
Military Flight Instructor Fatally Injured In Ohio
A military flight instructor who had recently returned from duty
with his National Guard unit in Iraq was fatally injured Thursday
when the 2004 Decathlon he was flying went down in a harvested
cornfield near Marysville, OH. Michael Scott Lakin, 42, was
reportedly in the process of obtaining his aerobatic
recertification when the accident occurred.
"(AeroNav) must comply with legislation and the High
Performing Organization Plan to attain fully allowable cost
recovery of compilation, database management and distribution of
digital aeronautical products." Source: AeroNav planning
manager Deborah Sullivan.