Rosaviatsia commission recommends revoking Tatarstan AOC

A special commission of Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has recommended authorities withdraw Tatarstan Airlines’ air operator’s certificate (AOC) following the deadly crash of a Tatarstan Boeing 737-500 at Kazan airport Nov. 17. According to a statement by the commission, the decision was based on the airline’s unsatisfactory pilot training and noncompliance of duty time rules…

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New Obstructive Sleep Apnea Policy (FAA)

AOPA sent a letter yesterday to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, insisting that the agency withdraw its new policy on obstructive sleep apnea or, alternatively, go through the formal rulemaking process. The proposed policy would initially affect pilots who have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 40, but could later be expanded to include pilots with lower BMIs. Pilots who meet the…

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Safe Skies Act Will Protect All Commercial Pilots

Both the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) applauded last week’s announcement of new legislation in the U.S. Senate–S.1692, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)–to include cargo pilots in the new Part 117 flight and duty time regulations that take effect January 4 next year. FedEx pilots…

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Oceanic Separation Standards Updated

Aircraft that are properly ADS-C (automatic dependent surveillance-contract) equipped traveling in both the Caribbean and North Atlantic ICAO regions FIRs can expect to see new provisions for 50-nm longitudinal and 30-nm lateral separation standards beginning December 10. Source: http://ainonline.com/aviation-news/ainsafety/2013-11-18/oceanic-separation-standards-updated

Sesar Proves Cat II/III Capability with GNSS

Flight-testing at Toulouse, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, has proved that a reliable alternative to an ILS signal can be produced with a GNSS constellation and single-frequency input signal. Eurocontrol’s Sesar air traffic management research team worked with equipment manufacturers Thales, Indra-Navia, Honeywell and Thales Avionics using a ground-based augmentation system (GBAS). Further testing at both airports is expected to…

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Europe adopts new Flight Time Limitations (FTL) regulations

The European Parliament adopted the European Commission proposal to harmonise flight and duty time limitations (FTL) for cabin crew and pilots across the European Union. This European Commission proposal is based on an EASA Opinion. Amongst others, night flight duty will be reduced to 11 hours in the new regulation, instead of 11h45 previously. More…

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