Aviation News

In the Wake of Germanwings Crash, U.S. Regulators Seek Changes in How Airlines Vet Employees for Mental Illness

In response to the intentional downing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by suicidal co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, the U.S. government is poised to conduct a comprehensive reassessment of pilot medical rules. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created a panel of both aviation industry and government experts to improve the way airlines vet employees [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:05:41-07:00May 20th, 2015|Aviation News|

As MH370 Search Widens, Officials Say it’s Impossible to Know Where to Look Next

The search zone for MH370 is expanding to cover roughly 46,000 square miles of the southern Indian Ocean. MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 while traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. An investigation into the disappearance, led by Australia and Malaysia with assistance from other international experts, has thus far concluded [...]

By |2016-10-17T11:46:25-07:00May 20th, 2015|Aviation News|

How Rare Are Emergency Landings?

"I'm sure I was like everybody else ... all I was doing was thinking of my family, my kids." - SkyWest Airlines Flight 5316 passenger Jason Spence A SkyWest flight with 43 people onboard was forced to make a dramatic emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Monday morning. [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:06:03-07:00May 11th, 2015|Aviation News|

Was Andreas Lubitz a Cowardly Murderer?

Andreas Lubitz, the pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 traveling from Barcelona to Dusseldorf, reportedly “practiced” his plan to crash the airplane.  It is reported today that the pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525, Andreas Lubitz, “practiced” his plan to crash the airplane on its outbound flight from Dusseldorf to Barcelona. In my [...]

By |2016-10-17T11:46:36-07:00May 6th, 2015|Aviation News, Rons Rants|

How Concerned Should You be About Pilot Inexperience?

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a preliminary investigative report this week on an April 12 crash in Florida that left all five people aboard a Piper Cheyenne airplane dead. The report indicated that the plane's 51-year-old pilot, John Patrick Van Ommeren, had only completed one initial training course to [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:06:40-07:00May 1st, 2015|Aviation News|

NTSB Issues New Video Safety Alert Highlighting the Need for General Aviation Pilots to Exercise Vigilance in First Flight After Maintenance

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued another safety video highlighting the need for general aviation pilots to use "extra vigilance" in performing preflight inspections prior to flying for the first time after maintenance work has been performed on a plane. Over the last two years, the NTSB has investigated [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:07:03-07:00April 21st, 2015|Aviation News|