A deep investigation of actual operational experience might provide hard data on pilot qualifications. Without proof, the debate over the 1,500 hour criteria will continue on a subjective level.Read More
How well is Part 117 being implemented? The SMS experience has shown that solutions designed to respond to a specific airline’s profile are preferable to many universal regulatory fixes. Maybe here, too?
Against all odds, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has raised its safety performance. It’s great news that this segment of aviation is making significant strides towards safer flight.
More than 50,000 girls and women will attend events on four continents during the 7th annual Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, March 6- 12. They will meet women who chose a career in the aviation industry, learn about past women of aviation’s contributions, visit various work environments, and try some of the activities, including flying in small aircraft at some locations.
A new study about pilot mental health published by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health concludes “hundreds of pilots currently flying are managing depressive symptoms perhaps without the possibility of treatment due to the fear of negative career impacts.”
There is a fear of over regulation based on drone sightings by pilots, but the FAA is aware of and has reported about the false reporting.
It might be time for the Administrator and the Federal Air Surgeon to reconsider the standards, processes and positions on the 3rd Class Medical issues. The recent 0-3 record should merit a Stand Down with the Administrator and the Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety to assess whether these three cases are indicative of broader issues.
The FAA issued a very short press release on its issuance of its Final Rule on the 3rd Class Medical Certificate. As with so much in Washington, what agency states in the issuance of a rule and what was truly behind it may have some degrees of variance.
Captain Michel Gordillo was recognized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) with a world record for being the first pilot to circumnavigate both the North and South Poles in a homebuilt aircraft weighing under 1,750 kilograms (3,858 pounds), and to be the first ever to fly a single-engine aircraft across Antarctica.
In 2015, we predicted what would happen in the aviation industry during 2016… Were we correct? We’d give ourselves an acceptable A-.