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March 05, 2022

Pilot Yanked from Plane After Failed Breathalyzer

Would-Be Driver Blew 0.14 When Pulled from Flight Deck

A Jetblue pilot was pulled from the cockpit just before takeoff, said a Niagara Falls Transportation Authority presser. A TSA officer noticed the pilot's inebriated appearance, and brought the matter to police attention. The 52-year old pilot blew a o.17 on a breathalyzer test, a fair measure beyond the 0.04 limit for pilots. He was removed from the flight and tendered to JetBlue security, expected to face federal charges as well. He maintained that he had not drunk the day of the flight, but had "7 or 8 drinks" the night before.

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CommutAir Pilots Ratify New Contract

New Conditions Grant 25-22% Pay Increase, Improved Work Rules

The Air Line Pilots Association has completed its work with CommutAir, bringing forth a new collective bargaining agreement that goes into effect on March 2nd. Over 83% of the CommutAir pilot base voted on the new contract, with an impressive 92% voting in favor of ratification. The 4-year agreement will improve nearly every facet of a pilot's CommutAir career: An increase in pay rates, better retirement, more time off, and higher quality of life. The new agreement nets a 25% pay bump for captains, and 32% for first officers, an impressive boost that should go a long way in retaining skilled pilots at the firm. 

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AD: CFM International, S.A. Turbofan Engines

AD 2022-02-03 Applies To CFM International, S.A. CFM56-3 and CFM56-7B Model Turbofan Engines With Certain AGB

The FAA is correcting an airworthiness directive (AD) that published in the Federal Register. The AD applies to CFM International, S.A. CFM56-3 and CFM56-7B model turbofan engines with certain accessory gearbox assembly (AGB) not equipped with a dynamic oil seal assembly in the handcranking pad. As published, the part numbers (P/Ns) listed in paragraph (i)(2)(i) are incorrect. This document corrects that error. In all other respects, the original document remains the same; however, for clarity, the FAA is publishing the entire rule in the Federal Register. This correction is effective March 22, 2022. The effective date of AD 2022-02-03 rem

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