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

    Posted by Bailey Wong on Fri, Mar 29, 2019



    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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    Is Uber Weed in Our Future?

    Posted by Bailey Wong on Wed, Nov 14, 2018



    Whether it be recreational or medicinal, marijuana is becoming more accessible and its use is growing in popularity. The THC and CBD compounds of marijuana are being added into a lot of edibles. Candy, baked goods, coffee and now beer (yes, it’s a thing) are just a few of the innovative ways the cannabis industry and consumers have incorporated the substance into everyday consumables. While the creativity is impressive, is adding THC and/or CBD to edible items posing a bigger risk than we think?

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Why The Known Crewmember® Program Is Becoming An Industry Standard

    Posted by Bailey Wong on Wed, Jan 04, 2017



    In a previous blog post we discussed, 'Everything you need to know about the Known Crewmember® Program'; during this time the program was being launched by NATA Compliance Services from the partnership with Airlines for America. Now that the program itself has been in full swing for over 5 years and several improvements have been made, the Known Crewmember® Program is surprising us all. It has become more than we could have ever imagined and yet it continues to evolve. The KCM Program isn't just a luxury for pilots and flight crews, it's becoming an industry standard and is trending to be a crucial factor in hiring, scheduling and employee retention.

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