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FMCSA vs. FAA, part 2

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Mon, Jul 09, 2018

Knowing when a company needs to set up a drug program, or when safety-sensitive employees should be administered a drug or alcohol test, is not always intuitive. But what if you have safety-sensitive employees who are subject to more than one agency? In Part 1 of our blog series, we discussed the differences between the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) drug programs. For Part 2, we’re diving into when a safety-sensitive employee reports to both agencies and what you should know.

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

FMCSA & FAA Drug Programs

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Tue, Apr 24, 2018

Drug programs: FMCSA vs. FAA, part 1

Complying with the guidelines of more than one U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) agency is challenging, especially when it concerns drug testing. How do you know if you need multiple drug programs? When should employees be tested? What should you do if you have employees who fall under more than one DOT agency? In our first of two blogs, we discuss when a drug program is needed, testing requirements, and the differences between drug programs for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

Why and When to Adopt a Twelve-Five Standard Security Program

Posted by Bailey Wong on Thu, Apr 05, 2018

In the fall of 2001, four commercial airliners were turned into weapons of mass destruction, the first time in history. This event, known as 9/11, left the nation shaken to its core and generated significant changes in national security protocols and policy. One of these changes was the creation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

4 Ways to Prepare Your Operation for Employee Turnover

Posted by Bailey Wong on Wed, Mar 21, 2018

Every business experiences employee turnover, some more than others. Aviation businesses especially, are struggling to retain its pilots, technicians, service personnel, etc. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) provided great insight from a recent survey they conducted regarding workforce retention. Whether it is from employees transitioning to major airlines, retirement or the lack of qualified talent, they all impact the success of an operation. Implementing processes to mitigate the negative impacts of employee turnover will help operations stay flying. 

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Tags: Human Resources

Understanding the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Mon, Feb 19, 2018

Cable shows like Intervention, news stories from national media outlets and documentaries all show the extent and effects of opioid abuse throughout the world. Many personal stories start in the same fashion: the person suffered a traumatic event, was prescribed an opioid like Percocet® or OxyContin®, found that they liked the way they felt on the drug and then became addicted. For some, the prescription addiction may lead to a dark path of deceit, theft, and use of harsher drugs. For others, the result can be fatal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially termed this wave of addiction as a national opioid epidemic.

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

The Importance of Employee Identification

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Wed, Jan 17, 2018

How many times have you turned on the TV or went online, only to hear of an individual impersonating someone else? In December 2017, the New York Post reported on a woman who walked into a major retail store, dressed as an employee, and then exited the store with more than $40,000 worth of iPhones. Law enforcement is still trying to identify her, but the most shocking detail about this story is the woman was never questioned or stopped.

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Tags: Badging

Mark your calendar, folks. Phase 4 of Real ID is here!

Posted by Bailey Wong on Fri, Dec 29, 2017

National Security is a top priority for the United States, and the forms with which we identify ourselves are being upgraded to meet the minimum-security standards established in the Real ID Act. The Real ID Act was passed in 2005 as an effort to boost the security features of identification cards and therefore, circumvent tampering and counterfeiting. The Act also establishes stricter document requirements in the application process as an added measure to prevent unauthorized individuals from obtaining a Real ID.

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Tags: Aviation News

Part 40 Final Rule: Top 4 Questions from Employees

Posted by Bailey Wong on Tue, Dec 19, 2017

On December 11, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT) published the following information on their website regarding the recent changes to its drug testing panel. If you are enrolled in a DOT drug testing program, make sure you read their responses to the four most frequently asked questions.

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

Top 6 Questions Regarding Marijuana Use In the Aviation Industry

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Tue, Dec 12, 2017

The use of marijuana for medical or recreational use continues to gain legal ground across the U.S., leaving many people in the Aviation Industry wondering how this affects their operation. In a previous blog post, we discussed the confusion surrounding this topic and presented facts concerning marijuana. To provide more clarity, we answer the top 6 questions that aviation companies have:

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

China’s Aviation Growth Fuels U.S. Flight Schools

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Fri, Nov 10, 2017

The Aviation Industry in China and Asia Pacific is booming, bringing new opportunities to American flight schools. According to Brookfield Aviation International, the region’s commercial airlines are expected to acquire around 35,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years. This need for additional aircraft is a direct result of a strengthening economy that is generating an ongoing, annual 5.7 percent increase in air travel demand. In fact, it is estimated that by 2036, 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) will belong to Asia Pacific.

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