fatigue

Fatigue or not-fatigue? That is the Question

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
By George Hatcher
Fatigue or not-fatigue? That is the Question

After the crash of the Colgan Air flight in Buffalo, the new fatigue regulations hold the promise of increased safety for commercial pilots now that they are scheduled travel time plus 8 hours of sleep time (ten hours) sandwiched between flights. But the fatigue regulations do not apply to cargo pilots. The discrepancy has... »

Southwest Holey Terror Just the Beginning

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
By George Hatcher

What: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-3H4 en route from Phoenix to Sacramento Where: Yuma International Airport, AZ When: 01 APR 2011 Who: 118 aboard Why: A hole burst through the top of this Boeing while en route. The plane suffered decompression, descended to a safe level (when an attendant was injured) and made an emergency... »

Family Charges Bombardier with Negligence

Saturday, February 26, 2011
By George Hatcher
Family Charges Bombardier with Negligence

The National Transportation Safety Board’s decision on the Colgan Air Flight 407 crash is that the pilot responded inappropriately to the stick shaker, which led to an aerodynamic stall from which the airplane did not recover. The stick shaker only comes into play when the plane is already slow enough to stall. The plane... »

Press Release – FAA Adopts “Comprehensive Solution” to Widespread Fatigue on Aging Aircraft

Friday, November 12, 2010
By George Hatcher
Press Release – FAA Adopts “Comprehensive Solution” to Widespread Fatigue on Aging Aircraft

For Immediate Release November 12, 2010 WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a continuing effort to address aging aircraft issues, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finalized a rule designed to protect most of today’s commercial planes and those designed in the future from structural damage as they age. The new rule seeks to prevent “widespread... »

Pilot Fatigue

Thursday, September 16, 2010
By George Hatcher

Statement of Peggy Gilligan, Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Before the House of Representatives, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation on Pilot Fatigue Chairman Costello, Congressman Petri, Members of the Subcommittee: Thank you for inviting me to appear before you this morning to discuss the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) efforts to mitigate... »

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