FAA Recalling Furloughed Safety Personnel

More than 2,000 FAA inspectors and engineers furloughed due to the partial government shutdown that began on Dec. 22 have been recalled to work, according to an FAA statement made on Tuesday. The latest revision of the Department of Transportations (DOT) plan for operations during the shutdown now categorizes a total of 3,113 Aviation Safety positions as necessary for life and safety and therefore excepted from furlough.

Helicopter Rescue In Alps

A French helicopter pilot got the job done in a tight rescue operation in a back country ski area of the Alps on Jan. 2.

F/A-18 Lightning Strike Video

Lightning strikes are relatively common on aircraft but not many show up on cockpit video. A Kuwait air force F/A-18 Hornet pilot was on a training flight when his glare shield cam caught a bolt from the blue hitting the canopy next to his head. He was shaken up by the noisy encounter but landed safely, sporting proof of the jolt on the canopy. He was OK but the aircraft will need some work.

Top Letters And Comments, December 14, 2018

This week's letters brought comments from readers about fuel sump points on a Decathlon, autonomous vehicles, flying the night shift, carbon monoxide poisoning and myths about lift.

Canada Tightens Crew Rest Requirements

Eighteen months after a serious fatigue-related close call at San Francisco Airport involving an Air Canada airliner, Canada has announced its tightening crew rest requirements.

The Pilots Lounge #141: Killer Gas

Every year there are a few accidents in which carbon monoxide poisoning is a factor. The toxic gas is odorless and colorless-and the manner in which it attacks a human makes it nothing short of a bully on steroids. My daughters involvement in an ultimately tragic search for a missing airplane triggered my thoughts of the need for carrying an effective CO monitor in the airplanes we fly.

Sleep Is Underrated

The drone of engines and the soft white noise of a radar room are soporifics more powerful than high school English class. It's not so bad falling asleep, but how you handle waking up.

Tandem Jump Separation Was Suicide

A skydiving instructor who fell to his death in a tandem jump in Lebanon, Maine last September committed suicide according to the Maine Medical Examiners Office as reported by WBZ in Boston.

Sleeping Pilot Overflies Island

Australian authorities are investigating after a sleeping pilot overflew his destination by 30 miles before waking up and turning around.

Pilot Age-Just A Number?

Advancing age has its benefits when it comes to flying-wisdom and experience are two, and perhaps greater financial security to allow us to indulge our aviation passion. But despite increasing longevity, much as we fancy achieving the ripe age of 969 years as Methuselah, were a long way from that (50 is the new 70).

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Two Tragic Accidents And We’re Arguing About Sim Time?

You'd think Boeing would try belt and suspenders this time. But for the revised MAX, it wants to again try what already didn't work.

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