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Submitted by waynefarley on Wed, 04/12/2013 - 18:25.
As aviation professionals the world over, we have the responsibility of safely moving millions of passengers around the world. To our aid are thousands of pages of regulations and best practices, a myriad of equipment and tools, and rigorous training. Despite the monumental advances through the decades, these alone are not enough to ensure safety.
Submitted by 2_b_or_not on Mon, 02/12/2013 - 09:44.
The US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) own Management Advisory Council (MAC) has called for the replacement of the current aviation funding system with one that is sustainable and independent of federal budget vicissitudes.
Submitted by Jean46 on Tue, 26/11/2013 - 12:11.
Air traffic controllers responsible for the safety of thousands of passengers each day have been investigated for workplace fights, racial slurs, unwanted sexual behaviour and threats against managers.
Documents released to the Herald Sun revealed 68 cases of misconduct by Airservices Australia staff since January 2012 - including 19 air traffic controllers.
One operator was fired after making threats toward a manager in October 2013.
Another controller was given an official warning after making a racist comment on the radio which was broadcast to three pilots.
Four female controllers in Brisbane alleged systematic sexual bias, prompting external investigators to interview 60 staff and recommend changes in the organisation.
Two employees were punished for inappropriately using Instagram and social media.
Submitted by Giorgos on Fri, 22/11/2013 - 09:56.
One of Britain’s biggest pension schemes has bought a stake in the national air traffic controller Nats for £143m.
Submitted by _control on Fri, 22/11/2013 - 09:55.
Overweight U.S. pilots and air traffic controllers will soon need to be screened for sleep apnea, a condition that can cause daytime sleepiness and potentially jeopardize passenger safety, according to a new federal policy.
The Federal Aviation Administration's chief medical officer told physicians in a recent memo that they will shortly be required to calculate the body mass index (BMI) of pilots and controllers and send those with a BMI of 40 or more to be evaluated by a sleep specialist.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a potentially serious disorder in which a person's breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. It commonly affects people who are overweight.
The FAA said the condition has "significant safety implications," from excessive daytime sleepiness to personality disturbances, cognitive impairment and sudden cardiac death.
Submitted by dallas on Fri, 22/11/2013 - 09:53.
A huge jumbo jet has mistakenly landed at a small airport in Kansas – an airfield so small it does not even have a control tower.
The Atlas Air cargo plane was due to fly from New York's John F. Kennedy airport to McConnell Air Force Base. Audio from an air traffic control website says McConnell Air Force Base gave the plane clearance to land, but the aircraft went on to land at the wrong airport.
The Dreamlifter pilots are heard saying, "Ah, yes sir, we just landed at the other airport."
The cargo plane which landed on Wednesday night is a modified Boeing 747-400, with capacity for 660 passengers. It is so big it is used to haul major assembly parts for other large planes, and is able to carry more cargo by volume than any other aircraft in the world.
Submitted by 2_b_or_not on Tue, 22/10/2013 - 18:24.
Two Boeing 747 jumbo jets have recorded an alarming near-miss while flying over Scotland, when pilots were told to take immediate evasive action – and instead turned towards each other.
Investigators have issued a damning report into the incident, expressing shock that all four pilots – two on each plane – either “misheard or misinterpreted” the clear instructions they were given.
Submitted by Giorgos on Sun, 20/10/2013 - 14:56.
Australia's crash investigator has found that high workload, inexperience and fatigue in air-traffic controllers were contributing factors in two near misses involving planes operating from Perth Airport.
Submitted by dallas on Mon, 14/10/2013 - 16:15.
The U.S. air traffic control system is close to hitting a "yellow" alert level as people who keep radar and other equipment running remain out on furloughs due to the government shutdown, the head of the controllers union said on Thursday.
Air travelers would face lengthy delays if a radar unit or other equipment broke at a major U.S. airport because no one is on duty to fix it, Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), told Reuters in an interview.
Submitted by _control on Mon, 14/10/2013 - 16:14.
European commission plans to increase performance targets for Europe's air traffic controllers are over-ambitious, unrealistic and could put lives at risk, argues Volker Dick.
Safety is the single most important factor in creating a single European sky. Safety is the central issue for the air traffic controllers' European Union coordination (ATCEUC). The European commission does not yet share this view. It is essential the commission be convinced otherwise.
Why is safety currently in jeopardy? With the current reference period for performance targets coming to an end in 2014, new targets are in the process of being established for the next reference period (2015-2020). These targets are quite simply unrealistic. This is a view shared by stakeholders and decision makers across Europe.
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