Last month, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a study that found drug use among pilots had increased substantially since 1990. Using data collected from 6,700 pilots killed in plane crashes between 1990 and 2012, the NTSB found pilots’ use of over-the-counter, prescription, and illegal drugs all increased. While the rate crashes due to pilot impairment as a result of drug use remained steady at about 3%, the increased use of all drugs has prompted warnings about the implications and need for further study.Read More
Hundreds of new planes are taking to the skies without the personal entertainment devices we’ve all come to expect. While some passengers may assume that planes without screens in the headrest are old, the truth is a little more complicated, as more and more airlines are counting on passengers bringing their own devices.
Passengers have been carrying laptops and other mobile devices onto planes for years, but up until recently they haven’t been allowed to use them throughout a flight. Then, in October 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expanded the use of personal electronic devices to so they may remaining on during all phases of a flight: so long as it is in airplane mode. With this decision, along with growing rates of wi-fi on planes, passengers can stream content using the devices they already carry, and operators want passengers to use these personal devices rather than the airline providing them.
A recent rash of proposed civil penalties is showing that training and safety measures taken by operators is still not meeting the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) expectations or mandates. From allowing mechanics to operate without proper training to gaps in drug and alcohol programs, to improper repairs, aircraft operators have some work to do to in the eyes of the FAA.Read More
There have been several stories about security breaches at several national airports recently, from TSA impersonators to stowaways. With professional aviation 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.
In early August, Marilyn Jean Hartman was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for flying without a ticket.According to spokesman for San Jose Airport Security, where the flight originated, Hartman was somehow able to sneak through security while a document checker was checking boarding passes for a family. It wasn’t until airline employees conducted a head count that the security breach was discovered.
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.
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.
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.”
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?
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.
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.