JAL Sets 24-Hour Booze Ban For Pilots

Japan Airlines has tightened its rules regarding alcohol consumption by employees in the wake of series of incidents that have caused flight delays and led to the arrest of one pilot.

Vegas Tower Controller Incapacitated

The FAA has increased controller staffing at Las Vegass McCarran International Airport tower after the only controller on duty late Wednesday apparently became incapacitated at her position. Confused pilots on the ground stopped where they were for about eight minutes and talked among themselves about the issues in the tower before a second controller returned from a break and took over.

Passenger Grabs Controls After Pilot Collapses

When Carli McConaughy pulled on the big control column in the middle of the helicopter she was flying in over Honolulu last week, she had no idea what she was doing but she likely saved her own life and those of her fianc and the unconscious pilot beside her.

Yes, Dorothy, I’ve Had a Heart Attack

Despite a lifetime of healthy living and exercise, I'm now sporting two custom-fitted stents. While I consider taking up smoking, pass the pork rinds, willya?

Industry Round-up, October 5, 2018

AVwebs weekly news roundup found reports of recently released drone strike research, the launch of a mobile avionics and maintenance service, an improved propeller blade measuring system, a new flight animation system, a free safety webinar and a discussion of international pilot medical standards.

Top Letters And Comments, September 21, 2018

This week's letters brought comments from readers about FAA medicals, flying without a license, and sustainable biofuel.

Crash Pilot Had Certificate Revoked (Corrected)

A man whose pilot certificate was revoked 21 years ago for lying on his medical application was the presumed pilot of a Cessna 335 high performance twin that crashed near Palm Beach County Park Airport a week ago, killing him and his wife.

Pilot Beard Ban Debunked

Canadian researchers say they have debunked the long-held belief that facial hair interferes with the seal on pilot oxygen masks and at least one airline has lifted its decades-old beard ban.

Healthy Pilot #15: Boosting Your Energy

A lack of energy is one of those subtle health issues that are easy to ignore and hard to fix. We tend to brush off a lack of energy with a nap. But chronic lack of energy-especially for a busy pilot-can interfere with quality of life and even signal a potential health problem.

Glider Altitude Record Now 62,473 Feet

Airbus Perlan II glider shattered its own altitude record Sunday, reaching 62,473 feet over the mountains of Patagonia in southern Argentina. The massive sailplane touched down at about 2:40 p.m. local time after a 5.5-hour flight riding the mountain waves that blow through the area of El Calafate Airport in the wildly beautiful area in the southwest corner of the country.

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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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