NTSB Member Weener traveled to Alaska to learn more about its “bush pilot culture” and challenges in flying that are unlike the rest of the US.
Susan Michaelis published a report that found a “clear link” between cabin air and health issues. Maybe a more definitive, independent report might answer the open questions.
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.
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.
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.
On December 9, EASA proposed new operational rules to better support pilot mental fitness, most of which seem to be correct. However, there might be some ambiguities that need to be resolved and refined.