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Is the Next Generation Air Transportation System a Reality or Pipe Dream?

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Nov 20, 2014

A report by the U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General last month is raising concerns about the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) ability to carry out its upgrade of the nation’s air traffic control system. The program, called the Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NexGen, began in 2003 and was supposed to conclude in 2020. However, funding issues, doubts, and general uncertainty are creating delays and making the program more expensive than originally conceived. All this is making some wonder, is NexGen for real?

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Tags: next generation, Air transportation System

TSA PreCheck Is Now For Members Only

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Over the last year, many passengers have been enjoying the benefits of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck program. Recently, however the TSA has been spreading the word that the program will begin limiting its expedited service through airport security screening to paid members only. Let’s look at what the program is and why this change is happening now.

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Tags: aviation news, TSA, Aviation Security

Pilots Found To Be Using More Drugs

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Nov 06, 2014

Last month, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a study that found drug use among pilots had increased substantially since 1990. Using data collected from 6,700 pilots killed in plane crashes between 1990 and 2012, the NTSB found pilots’ use of over-the-counter, prescription, and illegal drugs all increased. While the rate crashes due to pilot impairment  as a result of drug use remained steady at about 3%, the increased use of all drugs has prompted warnings about the implications and need for further study.

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Tags: Drug Testing, Aviation Security

Airlines Are Counting on Passengers Bringing Their Own Devices

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Oct 30, 2014

Hundreds of new planes are taking to the skies without the personal entertainment devices we’ve all come to expect. While some passengers may assume that planes without screens in the headrest are old, the truth is a little more complicated, as more and more airlines are counting on passengers bringing their own devices.

Passengers have been carrying laptops and other mobile devices onto planes for years, but up until recently they haven’t been allowed to use them throughout a flight. Then, in October 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expanded the use of personal electronic devices to so they may remaining on during all phases of a flight: so long as it is in airplane mode. With this decision, along with growing rates of wi-fi on planes, passengers can stream content using the devices they already carry, and operators want passengers to use these personal devices rather than the airline providing them.

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Tags: faa, aviation news

Training and Safety Still Not Meeting FAA Expectations

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Mon, Oct 27, 2014

A recent rash of proposed civil penalties is showing that training and safety measures taken by operators is still not meeting the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) expectations or mandates. From allowing mechanics to operate without proper training to gaps in drug and alcohol programs, to improper repairs, aircraft operators have some work to do to in the eyes of the FAA.

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Tags: Aviation Compliance, training for ATC, Aviation Security

Recent Security Breaches at Airports Reveal Need for Improvements

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Oct 23, 2014

There have been several stories about security breaches at several national airports recently, from TSA impersonators to stowaways. With professional aviation security personnel working to prevent this from happening, it is surprising these incidents occur in the first place. Let’s take a look at three recent security breaches.

Ticketless Passenger

In early August, Marilyn Jean Hartman was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for flying without a ticket.According to spokesman for San Jose Airport Security, where the flight originated, Hartman was somehow able to sneak through security while a document checker was checking boarding passes for a family. It wasn’t until airline employees conducted a head count that the security breach was discovered.

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Tags: aviation news, Aviation Security

Tips For Airline Fliers Worried About Ebola

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Oct 16, 2014

The recent Ebola outbreak has grown to infect people outside the Western African regions where it originated with more than 68 scares here in the United States since the beginning of August. While none of these scares turned out to be real, airline travelers may find they are experiencing increased anxiety about flying as reports continue to surface.

“On the airplane, we are constantly touching stuff that hundreds of other people are touching...” says Brenda Powell, MD, from the Cleveland Clinic. Since Ebola and other communicable diseases can survive outside of bodies for some time, taking simple precautions beyond washing hands can go a long way towards keeping passengers healthy, whether they are worried about Ebola or any other infectious diseases.

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Tags: aviation news

NASA Shares Air Traffic Tools With FAA

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Sep 04, 2014

The latest piece to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NextGen initiative was announced recently as NASA released its Terminal Sequencing and Spacing (TSS) computer software tool to the FAA. NextGen is a major overhaul of the nation’s air traffic control system to enable satellite based control in an effort to save time and fuel and increase capacity and safety. TSS supports these goals by creating more efficient flight paths for landing planes. Let’s take a closer look at TSS and why it is so important and the effect it will have on future flights.

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Tags: faa, aviation news

FAA Allows Thousands of Planes to Operate With Dangerous Equipment

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Aug 28, 2014

Just because your plane was built in 2014 does not mean it complies with 2014 safety standards. And it is completely legal. The Federal Aviation Administration has been approving thousands of new planes with dangerous, outdated equipment through a loophole in safety regulations called, “grandfathering.”

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Tags: faa, Aviation Security

Will The Skies Soon Be Filled With Amazon Drones?

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Aug 21, 2014

We’ve all seen the headlines about Amazon using drones to deliver goods right to your door. And since Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, announced the company’s plan to use “octocopters” for making same-day deliveries — called Prime Air — there has been a lot of talk about commercial drone use. So just how close are we to realizing a sky filled with drones?

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Tags: aviation news

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