Monthly Archives: November 2014

Airlines preemptively cancel 200 flights for Wednesday

Last update: 11:50 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Flight schedules for this year’s busy day before Thanksgiving took a hit even before the day even began. Airlines scrapped more than 210 flights for Wednesday — one of the USA’s busiest air travel days of the year — all before the clock struck midnight on Tuesday. All told, flight-tracking service FlightAware counted 214 Wednesday cancellations as of 11:50 p.m. ET on Tuesday. U.S. carriers have increasingly decided to preemptively cancel flights in recent years when poor weather was forecast to …
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Airlines scramble to find enough qualified pilots

Five years ago, Louis Smith’s organization would put on job fairs for airline pilots and have plenty of pilots but few airlines. Now his job fairs attract plenty of airlines but need more pilots. It’s an indication of how the airline industry has turned around over the past five years. It also underlines the growing difficulty in getting enough pilots to staff the nation’s airline cockpits. That’s true “especially in the regional sector,” Smith said Wednesday. “That’s what changed dramatically.” His group, FAPA.aero (Future and Active Pilots Advisors), is holding …
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Drone pilot wanted: Starting salary $100,000

Big companies, such as Amazon and Facebook, are looking for pilots who fly drones and engineers with experience in building the unmanned aircraft. And they are willing to pay top dollar for the right stuff. Federal regulations currently prohibit the use of drones for commercial purposes. But all that will change soon, with the Federal Aviation Administration expected to soften rules next year to allow certain light-weight drones to make commercial flights up to 400 feet. Enter drone industry jobs. As many as 100,000 new jobs will be created in …
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Pilot killed in plane crash was flying experimental aircraft

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New details about Monday’s plane crash show that Tyler Francis was flying an experimental aircraft. Mike Pierce is an aviation lawyer and certified flight instructor.  On Tuesday, he told KFOX14 that Francis was flying a newly acquired VAN’s RV3 when he crashed. Pierce said even though it’s an experimental airplane, it’s also one of the more stable models. The Federal Aviation Administration says experimental planes may be assembled using a kit without supervision and quality control. Pierce said, “This is not something that someone created from …
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