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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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How Canadian Law Can Affect Your Operation

Posted by Bailey Wong on Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Do you know that a conviction of a crime in the United States, or any country, can impact an individual’s entry into Canada? If your operation plans to send a pilot, flight attendant or any employee into Canada, you should ensure they are not criminally inadmissible before doing so. In a previous blog post, we discussed how running a driver’s license check is a good way to spot any potential complications with an aviation worker, and this is just another potential hurdle to be aware of.

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Tags: Background Checks

Background Checks Part 3: AIE vs. FOIA

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Safety is paramount in the aviation industry and hiring the right pilot is important in maintaining that high standard. In a previous post, we looked at background checks concerning a person’s criminal record. While running a Federal Aviation Administration records check is required under the Pilot Records Improvement Act of 1996 (PRIA), you also have the option to run an Accident, Incident and Enforcement (AIE) report; or submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. However, what is the difference between the two?

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Tags: Background Checks

Background Checks Part 2: What's in a driving record?

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Tue, Jul 11, 2017

Conducting a full review of an applicant’s background is an effective way to determine if they will be an asset to your company. In this three-part background checks blog series, we dive into the benefits and challenges associated with these checks. In Part 1, we discussed running a criminal background check. Now we will review checks that provide valuable information about an applicant’s driving record.

The two options when retrieving driving record details are as follows:

  1. The National Driver Register (NDR) check
  2. The Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) check 
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Tags: Background Checks

Background Checks Part 1: Should I run a Criminal Check?

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Wed, Jun 07, 2017

As part of the new-hire evaluation process, one of the options available to you is to run a criminal check on the person you are considering for employment. You may be wondering if such an action is actually necessary. Checking the criminal records of your employees may provide you with clues into an applicant’s future behavior and alert you of potential issues. Three types of online database criminal history records checks available are: the National Criminal Records Check, the State Criminal Records Check and the County Criminal Records Checks.

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Tags: Background Checks

FAA Inspection Items – What You Need To Know

Posted by Bailey Wong on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Has it been a while since your last FAA inspection? Or are you new to the requirements and regulations you need to follow?

If so, you may be shocked by the FAA Inspection Items that your company is required to provide; and even if it’s not ‘required by regulation’, you will undoubtedly get through the inspection a lot easier with the extra documentation.

Over the last two years or so, the FAA-issued Inspection Items have evolved to be more in-depth and require more preparation than in years previous. So what should you expect for your next inspection?

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol, Aviation Security and Safety

Employee Termination: When and Why

Posted by Bailey Wong on Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Terminating an employee is never a task managers enjoy or seek to do, but occasionally it has to be done. For those of you that think letting a subpar employee skate by is easier than confronting the issues straight on, give it enough time and you'll wish you terminated that employee months ago. There's nothing worse than waiting for an employee to quit while they poison the rest of the business. So, when is it time to cut ties? Some key indicators are...

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Tags: Human Resources

How an unorganized operation can cost you $$

Posted by Bailey Wong on Fri, Mar 10, 2017

We've all heard the phrase 'organized chaos', but what about the phrase 'organized system'?

Studies show that working in an unorganized and cluttered environment negatively affects our ability to focus. Still many people don't set time aside to put things where they need to go. In no time, there are boxes and paperwork piled up that will take days to sort through, as well as a never-ending inbox full of new emails. With even less time to organize than before, the constant cycle of 'organized chaos' can cost companies thousands of dollars in fines, overhead, and time.

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Tags: Human Resources

Webcam Hacking is a Real Threat

Posted by Darolyn Skelton on Tue, Jan 31, 2017

The threat of cybercrime is growing rapidly. Now that smart phones, tablets and laptops are a fundamental part of our lives, the threat of webcam hacking is more real than ever, especially as more people use video apps such as Hangout, Skype, Zoom and Blue Jeans. With sophisticated malware, cybercriminals can easily hack your computer and gain access to your webcam. Not only is the webcam on your smart devices an easy target but the security systems and monitors on your home network are also vulnerable. Read about protecting your home network. 

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Tags: Aviation Security and Safety

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