Had Not Previously Been Included Under The Provisions Of The
Nearly two decades after the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was
signed into law, Flight Attendants and other flight crews have been
granted the same access to coverage that has long benefited working
families. Monday, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA)
President Veda Shook took part in the official announcement from
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on the implementation of the Airline
Flight Crew Family and Medical Leave Act.
Veteran Of Five Spaceflights Logged 223 Days In Space
Shannon Lucid, a member of NASA's first astronaut class to
include women, has retired after more than three decades of service
to the agency. A veteran of five spaceflights, Lucid logged more
than 223 days in space.
InFO Stresses That Pilots Need Clearance To Enter Reduced
Vertical Separation Minimum Airspace
The FAA has relased an Information for Operators (InFO) document
emphasizing RVSM flight planning guidance. The document states
“If either the operator or the aircraft or both have not
received RVSM authorization (non-RVSM aircraft) the pilot will
neither request nor accept a clearance into RVSM
Having recently attended the 2012 LSA Expo where the new
management is quickly turning it into a profit machine for the
organizing body (at the expense of the vendors and general public),
I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the Kay Larkin airport
(28J) in Palatka, Florida executed their fly-in. I spoke with John
Youell, the Airport Manager, and heard some refreshing things.
Avionics Master Switch Seeing Accelerated Failure Rate In Some
The FAA has issued an SAIB (Special Airworthiness Information
Bulletin) concerning he avionics master switch on Cessna Aircraft
Company (Cessna) Model 172R, 172S, 182T, T182T, 206H and T206H
airplanes. There is a potential for an accelerated rate of failure
of the switch, which may result in the loss of avionics equipment
on Garmin G1000-equipped airplanes.
One of the latest viral videos on YouTube was created by two
high school seniors from Canada, who were inspired by edge-of-space
projects using weather balloons. Their video
shows a Lego man holding a small Canadian flag as he climbs to
80,000 feet, high enough to clearly see the blackness of space and
the curvature of the Earth. Since the video's posting on January
25th, it's attracted over two million views.
Kansas Fourth District Congressman Mike Pompeo Presents Award
To Spirit AeroSystems CEO At Annual Gala
Kansas Fourth District Congressman Mike Pompeo and officials of
the Wichita Aero Club presented the organization’s second WAC
Trophy Saturday to Spirit AeroSystems Chief Executive Officer Jeff
Turner at a gala attended by 250 local and regional aviation
leaders. Mr. Turner and Spirit AeroSystems were chosen by the
Club’s Selection Committee from among seven nominees.
'Flying The Tail Wheel Airplane' A Detailed Course In
Conventional Gear Flying
Whether its the low, slow flight of a Cub or Champ, or the
high-performance of a P-51, flying an airplane with conventional
gear requires a different skill set. A new book “Flying the
Tail Wheel Airplane”, by Master CFI Jim Alsip, offers a
detailed course on piloting aircraft with a conventional gear. Tail
wheel airplanes present specific challenges that Alsip aims to
address in this guide to better stick and rudder skills.
Process Slowed By Discovery Of Asbestos In Firewall
In an odd twist, investigators looking into the Friday crash of
a vintage biplane in Australia had to halt their work Saturday
because a 1930s safety feature designed into the plane was declared
a hazard to humans in later decades.
Retired aircraft can face a wide variety of fates, from being
salvaged for their expensive components, as in the case of the 747s
acquired by Stratolauncher, to being left for decades in desert
graveyards. But one Boeing 727 will be buried 38 feet below the
surface of the Mohave Desert to create an unusual work of art.
An instructor was flying with a student on approach to an
airfield in Lingayen, Pangasinan in Central Luzon in the
Philippines in a Cessna 152, a scenario which has been duplicated
many times around the world. But the flight took an odd turn when a
motorized, three-wheeled taxi wandered onto the runway and into the
path of the plane.
Avidyne's R9: So Simple, Even A Pilot In IMC Can Do It!
So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass panel's most passionate advocates... and users. There are few more knowledgeable people on the planet, as far as R9 is concerned, than Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot.
Avidyne's R9: So Simple, Even A Pilot In IMC Can Do It!
So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at
the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass
panel's most passionate advocates... and users. There are few more
knowledgeable people on the planet, as far as R9 is concerned, than
Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the
chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a
few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most
usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so
with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot.
Both Companies Say Court Ruled In Their Favor In Landing Skid
Bell Helicopter and Eurocopter have very different
interpretations of a Canadian Federal Court's ruling over a patent
infringement case brought by Eurocopter. The two companies issued
news releases, and both claim the court ruled in their favor.
Time is fast ticking down to a date the entire ANN staff looks
forward to every year. See, each April 1st, we have a problem
getting our stories straight... we make things up, we get silly, we
exaggerate and lampoon. In other words, we act weirder than the
loons who run Sun 'n Fun and/or the FAA... and in this group,
that's really saying something. (At least we get group rates on
appropriate professional care... which comes in handy more often
than we care to admit -- Ed.)
Once a year it's fun to let it all hang out, and this year is no
exception. Rest assured we already have some "doozys" in the can
for April 1... but we wanted to give our readers THEIR CHANCE
to submit their ideas for April 1st, in hopes of
Nineteen Labor Organizations Object To Changes In The Railway
Nineteen labor unions released a joint statement on Monday
denouncing the compromise reached between Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid (D-NV)) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) on
the long-term funding bill for the FAA. They say "rewriting decades
of labor law without debate or discussion sets a dangerous
Last week marked the 1,000th signature on the AmericaFlies.us
online petition, where citizens from across the United States have
spoken out against President Obama's attacks on general aviation.
The goal of the site is to reach 5,000 signatures. More than two
dozen petition-signers have also shared their personal stories of
how general aviation impacts their lives, families, communities and
European Budget Carriers Offer Discounts to Stranded
A sudden, unannounced shutdown by the Spanish airline Spanair
has canceled 220 flights, and forced a reported 22,000 passengers
to make other plans. The airline blamed its action Friday on a lack
of funding. The government of Spain has laws requiring notice of
such a shutdown, and could fine the airline 9 million euro, or
about $11.8 million.
"We remain strongly committed to passage of a clean FAA
Reauthorization bill. An aviation safety and security bill is no
place to impose unrelated and controversial labor provisions that
will ultimately serve to harm both airline and railroad workers."
Source: Excerpt from a joint statement by 19 labor unions
concerning the compromise FAA funding bill.