FedEx Pilots’ Union Responds To NTSB’s Most Wanted List | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 01.16.17

Airborne 01.10.17

Airborne 01.11.17

Airborne 01.12.17

Airborne 01.13.17

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 01.16.17

Airborne 01.10.17

Airborne 01.11.17

Airborne 01.12.17

Airborne 01.13.17

Fri, Nov 16, 2012

FedEx Pilots’ Union Responds To NTSB’s Most Wanted List

Applauds Inclusion Of Fire Safety, But Disappointed That Cargo Pilot Fatigue Issues Not Addressed

The FDX Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), Int’l is encouraged by the NTSB's publication of its Most Wanted List for 2013. This list represents the top ten advocacy priorities for the NTSB. It is designed to increase awareness of, and support for, the most critical changes needed to reduce transportation accidents and save lives.

Included in this year’s list is “Improve Fire Safety in Transportation.” Fire incidents constitute a daily concern and threat to commercial airline pilots, and in particular, commercial airline pilots who operate cargo aircraft. As was evidenced by the fatal UPS 747 accident in Dubai on September 6, 2010, in-flight fires and/or smoke incidents are very difficult to manage as they can develop and expand in a relatively short time frame. The NTSB’s inclusion of this item recognizes the need for enhanced prevention measures designed to eliminate fire and smoke incidents in addition to improvement of training and procedures for crews who experience such an event. “The FDX MEC and ALPA have worked hard on these issues for a number of years. We are hopeful that the NTSB’s inclusion of this issue will bring wider attention to this very serious issue,” commented Captain Scott Stratton, FDX MEC Chairman.

Conversely, the FDX MEC was disappointed by the removal of fatigue from the NTSB’s Most Wanted List for 2013. While fatigue has received more attention recently due to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) introduction of FAR Part 117, that effort completely ignored the conditions at United States’ cargo carriers. “Fatigue was not fixed by Part 117. Progress was made for many pilots, but an entire segment of the industry, ironically the segment of the industry known to fly in the most fatiguing environment – between midnight and 6:00 a.m., was completely left out of the fix. That’s thousands of pilots flying the nation’s cargo every night of the year. If anything, the failure to include all commercial pilots in Part 117 demonstrates that we are still not close to understanding the dangers that fatigue poses to everyone in or outside of the aircraft,” said Captain Stratton. “The fight to expand fatigue protections continues with legislative efforts like The Safe Skies Act of 2012 as represented in the House of Representatives as H.R. 4350 and in the Senate as S. 3263, but the NTSB should have maintained fatigue as a top ten risk with so many pilots excluded from Part 117.”

FMI: www.alpa.org

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 01.13.17: G650ER Record Streak, False Drone Hit, Piper Archer Sale

Also: Parrot Layoffs, CES/AMA Expo/KSMO, 737 SAIB, Piper PA-31T, John Pope, Washington State, JetBlue Disturbance Pending sanctioning from the recognizing organizations, it looks l>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.16.17)

"But, all is not right in NIMBYville... the internal infighting among the foes of the airport has become quite public and quite vicious. Anti-airport NIMBYs are accusing the city g>[...]

Disorganized/Combative Santa Monica Anti-Airport Foes Threaten Av-Businesses

February 4th 'Protest' Promises Disruptions Of Law-Abiding Aero-Businesses The foes of aviation surrounding Santa Monica are making threats to further disrupt aviation business at >[...]

Klyde Morris (01.16.17)

Klyde Jumps On The Medical Reform Bandwagon... and Misses FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

Duncan Aviation Publishes Updated ADS-B Straight Talk Book

Updates Information Originally Published In 2015 Duncan Aviation wants to ensure that our customers, who share our passion for flying, are well-informed when it comes to the FAA&rs>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC