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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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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 a "regulatory requirement", 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: Aviation Security and Safety, Drug and Alcohol

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

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