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Continental Pilots Say No Deal On Pay, Benefits

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The pilots’ union at Continental Airlines Inc. said Wednesday they have reached tentative agreements on parts of a new contract but not on major issues including pay and benefits.
The union and the company have been negotiating since July 2007 on a deal to update the current contract, which became amendable on Wednesday.
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Rules Stopped Pilot’s Fog Landing

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A pilot with 30 years’ experience told passengers on a flight to Paris that he was returning to the UK because he was not qualified to land in foggy weather.
Flybe flight BE1431 from Cardiff was approaching Charles De Gaulle airport on Tuesday when the captain made the announcement over the tannoy.
A Flybe spokeswoman [...]

Japan Arrests Vietnam Airlines Co-Pilot For Smuggling

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A Vietnam Airlines co-pilot was arrested Wednesday in Tokyo on suspicion of fencing stolen Japanese goods in Vietnam, an airline official said. Dang Xuan Hop, 33, was arrested by Japanese police after his flight from Hanoi landed at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. Police accuse him of being part of a ring that smuggled items stolen [...]

New Security Requirements Affect Pilots

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According to industry sources, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a security directive that extends requirements for background checks to be performed on general aviation pilots based at airports served by airlines.
Pilots who are based at air carrier airports and have not already had a background check and received an ID badge will have [...]

SpiceJet To Recruit More Pilots Soon

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Gurgaon-based no-frill carrier SpiceJet has decided to hire nearly a dozen pilots including foreign commanders, in a fortnight. SpiceJet CEO Sanjay Aggarwal confirmed the development.
He told ET: “We will hire around one dozen more pilots in December including expats,” Mr Aggarwal said. “We have seen expats are more efficient in some cases compared to [...]

JetBlue Pilots Turn To Southwest For Tips On Organizing A Union

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The airline industry is notorious for bitter, protracted labor battles that have fostered distrust between employees and management, damaged morale, and even helped kill some airlines.
So when pilots at JetBlue Airways decided to organize, they rejected the traditional adversarial approach of most airline unions. Instead, they turned to officials with the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, [...]

Jet Airways, Pilots Face-Off Over Pay Cut Issue

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The executive body of Jet Airways is getting ready to spar with its pilots who are refusing to accept pay cuts and are threatening legal action against the top private carrier.
The executive body of Jet Airways is getting ready to spar with its pilots who are refusing to accept pay cuts and are threatening [...]

A Conversation With A Pilot

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Michael Filucci just might hold Wichita’s record for the longest commute for work.
As a captain for American Airlines, Filucci flies to Miami to report to his job.
From there, he flies an Airbus A300-600 to places like Panama City, San Jose, Costa Rica, Santa Domingo and the Dominican Republic.
The commute from Wichita to Miami isn’t so [...]

Hong Kong Pilots Sacked For Trying To Take Off On Airport Taxiway

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Two pilots with a Hong Kong airline have been sacked for trying to take off in plane carrying 122 passengers from a taxiway rather than a runway, the airline said Sunday. Hong Kong Airlines captain Indra Santrianto and his Argentinian First Officer Diego Martin Chiadria were dismissed over the incident Boeing 737 at Hong Kong [...]

Airline Pilot Hiring Hits All-Time Low

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Worst Jobs Numbers Since November 2001
Reflecting the slumping economy, airline pilot hiring hit an all-time low in November, adding only 133 new pilot jobs for the month according to AIR, Inc. The airline industry hasn’t seen pilot hiring numbers this low since November 2001, two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Out of the 175 airlines [...]

NCAA To Withdraw License Of Pilots, Crew Found With Alcohol

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In its bid to ensure safety of air passengers, any aviation personnel, particularly, pilots, cabin crew, air traffic controllers and maintenance engineers caught with alcohol or psychoactive agents will have his or her license withdrawn.
Harold Demuren, director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) disclosed, yesterday, at a one day seminar on the [...]

Pilots May Face Greater Cancer Risk

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Highly experienced pilots may be at risk of DNA damage from prolonged exposure to cosmic ionizing radiation, according to a study that compared 83 airline pilots to 50 university faculty members from the same U.S. city.
Blood samples from the participants were analyzed for DNA abnormalities, specifically the number of times pairs of chromosomes had changed [...]

Kingfisher Links Pilots’ Salaries To Flying Hours

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Kingfisher Airlines, the two-year-old private airline promoted by liquor conglomerate UB, has decided to replace its pilots’ gross salaries with a two-part pay structure based on the number of hours they fly.
The move could effectively lower pilot salaries. The airline has a crew of 480 pilots. Forty of these are expatriates under contract who are, [...]

Air Canada Pilots React To The Windup Of ACE

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The Air Canada Pilots Association is disappointed but not surprised with the announcement that ACE, the holding company of Air Canada, proposes to windup operations by distributing the remaining proceeds from the 2004 restructuring of our national airline to a small group of shareholders and noteholders, rather than use those funds to invest in the [...]

Jet’s Indian Pilots Firm That Before Pay-Cuts, Expats Must Go

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The stalemate between the Jet Airways management and its domestic pilots continues with the latter firm in their stand that the airline must first terminate the services of its expat pilots before discussing any pay-cut proposals with them.
“We are firm in our stand. We will not accept any pay cut, voluntary or otherwise, unless the [...]

Mesa Air Group Pilots Ratify New Labor Agreement

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MESA AIR GROUP, INC. (Nasdaq: MESA) today announced that its 1,300 pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have ratified a new twenty four month labor contract.
“We are delighted our pilots have ratified this new agreement,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Mesa Air Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “In supporting this contract our [...]

Mesa Air Pilots Sign Off On New Contract

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Pilots for Mesa Air Group (NASDAQ: MESA) approved a new contract with the Phoenix-based airline.
The Air Line Pilots Association, which represents the pilots, said the union approved the labor pact with Mesa with 51 percent of pilots voting for it.
ALPA represents 1,200 Mesa Air pilots.
The contract addresses scheduling changes and indicates that both sides will [...]

Pilots Outraged By Release Of Cockpit Recordings

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International regulators must ban the public release of cockpit voice recordings from fatal accidents since their sole purpose is to assist accident investigators, the main international pilots federation said Wednesday.
The London-based International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations also denounced the publication in Vanity Fair magazine of audio clips of an executive jet and [...]

Pilot Suspended After Near-Collision At YVRA

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A March incident at Yampa Valley Regional Airport has resulted in a 60-day certificate suspension for a SkyWest Airlines pilot, though he has appealed the decision.
On the afternoon of March 1, SkyWest pilot Timothy McCabe, who was operating a United Express flight, reportedly told Denver air traffic controllers that he had landed when he was [...]

NASA Tries To Get Inside Pilots’ Heads

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Whether you’re jamming for a final exam, working late to finish a big presentation, or just trying to drag yourself to work the morning after tying on one, you know that making it through the day in a state of sleep deprivation is no fun. If you’re an airline pilot, it can be lethal.
Pilot fatigue [...]

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