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Asiana Airlines has reportedly changed the way it trains its pilots in the wake of the crash of Flight 214 in San Francisco opting for what the Voice of America describes as a "friendlier" cockpit. "It's a reality that within our country there is a leaning toward a patriarchal culture and many pilots work and fly within the strict military order," Asiana's CEO Kim Soo-cheon told reporters in Seoul last week. Read More
Canada is joining European and Asian countries in adopting the multi-crew pilot's license as a means of keeping the right seats of its airliners populated. In contrast to the U.S., where Congress has decided how many hours a pilot must have before clipping on the tie and three stripes, Canada and the other countries are adopting an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)-designed program that takes ab initio students through at least 250 hours of airline-oriented flight training and 750 hours of ground school and makes them FOs on airliners in 12 to 18 months. Read More
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Santa Monica's lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration seeking to clarify ownership of its municipal airport in order to close it was thrown out today by a federal court judge in downtown Los Angeles. U.S. District Judge John L. Walter dismissed the case, ruling that one of the lawsuit's claims was barred by a statute of limitations, other claims must first be presented to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and others were brought prematurely because the city had not yet made a decision on whether it plans to close the airport. Read More
All 15 passengers and three crew aboard a Nepal Airlines Twin Otter are believed to have died in a crash in the remote western part of the mountainous country. Nepalese officials said villagers near the city of Pokhara reported the turboprop twin went down in snow and fog shortly after an unscheduled fuel stop. Read More
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The FAA has formally retired its last DC-3 and the faithfully restored N34 has made its last flight to the Texas Air & Space Museum in Amarillo. The aircraft was acquired by the agency in 1958 and it flew around the U.S. as a navaid inspection platform. Read More
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Tom Odehnal writes: "My response to the letter from Tom Lanhan and his effort to justify the FAA charges for air traffic controllers at aviation conventions: Have any of you FAA controllers ever thought about volunteering?" Click through to read the full text of this letter and other mail from AVweb readers. Read More
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GoPros are the go-to cameras for shooting airborne video. But to get the most out of them, you need charging and mounting accessories. In this AVweb Product Minute, Aircraft Spruce's Ryan Deck runs us through the options. Read More
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Following the 2009 Colgan Air Flight 3407 crash near Buffalo, New York Congress and the FAA mandated extraordinarily expensive changes in the training requirements for the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. The ATP changes have almost all phased in, but a few months are left before the most onerous one becomes effective. Pilots seeking an ATP should do all they can to pass the written before August 1, 2014 or face additional training estimated to cost over $15,000. Read More
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It was the late '80s. Berlin Tegel, Panam 727 at the holding point. Another Panam 727 made a less than graceful arrival, clouds of smoke from the tires, clouds of smoke from the reversers, horizontal stab shaking alarmingly, and the whole thing bouncing around until it safely vacated the runway. ... The Holding Panam Aircraft, Over the Radio: "Is that you, Hank?" ... The New Arrival: "Yup." ... Holding Panam: "Anyone hurt?" ... New Arrival: "Nope." -- Pete Wild, via e-mail Read More
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