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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

Recent Airport Security Breaches Reveal Need for Improvements

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Sep 11, 2014

There have been several stories about security breaches at several national airports recently, from TSA impersonators to stowaways. With professional 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.

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Tags: aviation news, TSA, Aviation Security

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

4 Effective Training Tools for the Air Traffic Control Industry

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Aug 14, 2014

With more than 14,500 air traffic controllers navigating the country’s 760,000 average monthly flights, keeping up with training can be difficult for any operator. Training is mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and internal leadership and development training increases an operator’s need to identify efficient and effective on-going education for their employees. So let’s look at four effective training tools for the air traffic control industry.

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Tags: faa, air traffic control, training for ATC, online training for ATC

Getting Your Anti-Drug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program Off the Ground

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Aug 07, 2014

There is little room for error in the airline industry, so safety is a top priority for operators and regulators alike. It’s no surprise, then, that the airline industry is subject to numerous, complicated requirements from several different agencies. As part of the push towards safe air transportation, detecting and preventing drug and alcohol misuse is a critical component of any operator’s overall safety program. It’s also required in order to for an operator to continue business.

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Tags: Drug Testing, Drug and Alcohol Testing, Safety

Living-Wage Standards for Contract Workers Coming To An Airport Near You

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Jul 31, 2014

Throughout the country, thousands of low-wage workers have been protesting their low-wage jobs: from fast food to our nation’s airports. Politicians and regulators seem to have heard the airport contract workers and have passed -- or are in the process of passing -- higher minimum wages.

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Tags: aviation news, News

Making Small Airplanes Safer: The Small Airplane Revitalization Act

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Jul 24, 2014

Flying small planes is risky for several reasons: the pilots may be less experienced, the planes may be older than commercial fleets, and/or they may not have the same safety equipment as larger craft.

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Tags: faa, aviation news, News, Safety

Lighter and Faster: How Airlines Are Saving Fuel Today

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Jul 17, 2014

Fuel is the number one expense for airlines, so it’s no surprise that they continuously seek new ways to reduce their fuel use. While air carriers can’t immediately replace their existing fleets with new, fuel efficient aircraft, they can make subtle changes that make them cheaper to operate.

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Tags: aviation news, News, Business Aviation

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