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FAA Delays Issuing of Final Pilot Rest Rule

  • Industry: Hitech, Aerospace and Manufacturing

An FAA regulation aimed at preventing pilot fatigue, inspired by a 2009 plane crash near Buffalo, New York, and due to be issued on August 1 has been delayed. The agency did not give a reason for the delay but the proposed rule has been criticized by cargo and charter carriers as well as the Pentagon.

This article gives the background and provisions of the proposed rule and response to it from various stakeholders.

Airworthiness Standards – Definition of Airworthiness, Important FAA Provisions and Certificati ....

  • Industry: Hitech, Aerospace and Manufacturing

Airworthiness standards are used to regulate the fitness of an aircraft to fly. These standards are issued by regulatory agencies such as the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in the US and cover all aspects of aircraft design, technology and maintenance. This article gives the definition of airworthiness, a brief overview of the most important FAA airworthiness standards and how certifications are issued.

Dover Chemical Likely to be Fined $227,500 by FAA as Civil Penalty For Hazmat Violation

  • Industry: Hitech, Aerospace and Manufacturing

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a $227,500 civil penalty against Dover Chemical Corporation, a chemical producer based in Dover, Ohio, for alleged violations of federal hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on June 15, 2010 Dover Chemical offered sulfur monochloride, a hazardous material, to United Parcel Service for transportation by air from Hammond, Ind., to Dover. The hazardous materials regulations prohibit carriage of sulfur monochloride aboard any type of aircraft, as the chemical’s vapors can be very poisonous if inhaled.

Dover Chemical allegedly offered the material when it was not packaged, marked, classed, described, labeled or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. UPS workers at the carrier’s sorting hub in Louisville discovered the shipment because it had leaked.

FAA Proposes a Civil Penalty of USD 170,000 against Pemco World Air Services

  • Industry: Hitech, Aerospace and Manufacturing

According its Press Release dated Jan 21, 2011, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a USD 170,000 civil penalty against Pemco World Air Services of Dothan, Ala.

The violation

The latter allegedly failed to subject two individuals to pre-employment drug tests while hiring their services for safety-sensitive positions in the company. The FAA has also cited Pemco’s failure to carry out the prescribed follow-up drug or alcohol testing on eight other individuals reinstated after completing return-to-duty training during 2008. In all, the company failed to carry out twenty-four prescribed follow-up tests. Failure to administer the pre-employment and reinstatement tests violate the provisions of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

FAA Wants a Civil Penalty of USD 330,000 to Be Levied on Heli-Dudes

  • Industry: Hitech, Aerospace and Manufacturing

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is recommending a civil penalty of USD 330,000 against Heli-Dudes of Salt Lake City. Heli-Dudes allegedly operated sightseeing helicopter rides for hire, thereby violating Federal Aviation Regulations. Such sightseeing helicopter rides for hire were therefore unauthorized. In this connection, the FAA has issued a Press Release dated January 6, 2011.

According to FAA, Heli-Dudes does not have an FAA-issued operating certificate or letter of authoriza-tion. All the same, it conducted thirty sightseeing flights for hire between Feb 6, 2010 and Feb 14, 2010. It used a Robinson R-22, a two-seat, piston engine-powered helicopter.

Lawmakers Seek Full Compliance on Air Carrier Disclosure

  • Industry: Hitech, Aerospace and Manufacturing

Some ticket vendors for airline ticket booking are not disclosing the airline carrier’s name at the time of booking a flight. This is despite the new Airline Safety Bill stating the immediate disclosure of the same.

Non compliance by ticket vendors has escalated to a big issue as the flying public is miffed by this tactic adopted by some ticket sellers. Airline ticket vendors have violated the new rules extensively by not clearly identifying the regional carriers for travelers.

More Secure Air Travel with Secure Flight: One Month Advance Milestone Achievement

  • Industry: Hitech, Aerospace and Manufacturing

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made an announcement proclaiming that all passengers on flights in and out of the country are being verified against government watchlists. This was done one month ahead of schedule in accordance with a 9/11 Commission recommendation. The Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) is now 100 percent responsible for vetting air passengers against terrorist watchlists.

LAX Receives a New Fire Station

  • Industry: Hitech, Aerospace and Manufacturing

A new state-of- the-art fire station has replaced the old fire station at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) received funds to the tune of USD 11 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

About the new fire station

At 27,500 square feet, the new station is twice as big as the older 1985 facility. The present emergency response equipment can be better accommodated in the new facility. It has seven bays to house and maintain fire rescue vehicles. It provides living, training and administration areas for 14 firefighters. The firefighters reported to the station earlier this month. The new station is situated on the airfield midway between the north and south runway complexes. Construction of the facility commenced in the summer of 2009 and ended in October 2010.

FAA issues Safety Brief to Pilots on How to Handle Emergencies

  • Industry: Hitech, Aerospace and Manufacturing

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a Safety Briefing that highlights the most basic aspect of pilot safety: how to handle abnormal and emergency situations. The November/December 2010 issue (available online) outlines the intricacy of planning for the unexpected in addition to directing pilots to tools and resources made available for handling emergencies.

FAA Limits Cockpit Distractions

  • Industry: Hitech, Aerospace and Manufacturing

Keeping in mind the safety of the passengers on board, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has urged the air carrier operators to create and enforce a rule to limit distractions of the pilots in the cockpit.

The guidance on limiting pilot’s distraction in the cockpit has been proposed by the FAA this Monday after an incident of negligence that took place in October 2009 in which two Northwest Airlines pilots missed the Minneapolis airport and over-flew by 150 miles. Investigation revealed that the two pilots were busy figuring out a newly introduced complicated crew-scheduling process on their laptop computers.

Comprehending the importance of passenger safety, the Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced “There is no room for distraction when your job is to get people safely to their destinations,” as he believes that “The traveling public expects professional pilots to focus on flying and on safety at all times.”

To prohibit the crewmembers and air carriers form doing anything that can “constitute a safety risk”, the Information for Operators (InFO) asks them to limit activities including the use of any personal electronic device for non-work related activities during the
fly. Moreover, the agency is planning to address the issue of cockpit distraction by launching strict and specific rule, improved crew training programs and by creating safety culture amongst the crew members and carriers.

The existing Sterile Cockpit Rule prohibits pilots from any type of distracting behavior during critical phases of flight, including take-off and landing but with the advancement of technology, laptops and other electronic devices are becoming inevitable tools for pilots to use in their routine duties.  However, the new rule attempts to ensure the tools are only be used in the cockpit if they help pilots in safe operation of an aircraft.



Safety in Airlines - Road to Safer Skies

  • Industry: Hitech, Aerospace and Manufacturing

Airline safety is fast becoming increasingly complex and controversial. In recent times, discovering that critical safety checks had not been conducted on schedule, federal inspectors blew the whistle on Southwest Airlines, levying millions of US Dollars in fine from the airline company. In yet another instance, another major airlines in United States temporarily grounded dozens of Boeing 777s to test their cargo fire-suppression systems after a review of maintenance records showed a test on part of the system hadn't been performed. Such incidents have raised safety concerns amongst the airlines, the government and air travelers alike and there is a widespread awareness that safety inspections are serious business- they cannot be allowed to become haphazard

Federal Aviation Regulations Under Scrutiny After Deadly Plane Crash

  • Industry: Hitech, Aerospace and Manufacturing

FAA regulations on airline safety regulations has come under scrutiny after a deadly crash. The crash resulted due to formation of ice on the wings of teh aircraft. this has been a teething problem for long and agencies feel that FAA has taken way too long a time to act on this. Solution to this problem is going to be an expensive affair for the industry as they are already burdened with high safety costs after the terrorist attacks and the rising cost of aviation fuel. The need of the hour is to bring in proper de-icing regulations for the larger safety of the air travelers.

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