Pilot Who Failed Drug Test Can’t Try To Use DNA To Prove He Was Clean

Steven Depolo

Imagine you’re one of the many American workers subject to random tests for the presence of drugs or alcohol in your system, and a test turns up high levels of heroin and cocaine. If you contend that the lab must have mixed up your urine sample with someone else’s should you be able to demand a DNA test to prove your innocence? If you’re a pilot, the answer is no. [More]

Boss Meg

Want To Fly A Passenger Jet? JetBlue Is Now Taking Applications From Novice Pilots

Tired of the daily grind, and yearning to spend your work hours among the clouds, using a public address system to tell people to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride? Now could be your chance to flee the cubicle life: JetBlue is offering folks with their eyes on the sky a chance to to learn how to fly a passenger jet with a new training program. [More]

Major Airlines’ Regional Partner, Republic Airways, Files For Bankruptcy Over Pilot Shortage

Major Airlines’ Regional Partner, Republic Airways, Files For Bankruptcy Over Pilot Shortage

Two years ago, regional airlines warned that new regulations, higher costs of school, and lower salaries had led to a shortage of pilots for the companies that typically handle the smaller, regional routes for larger airlines. Now, one short-haul carrier says that lack of pilots is the reason it’s filed for bankruptcy.  [More]

(Paul Thompson)

New York-Bound Virgin Atlantic Flight Returns To London After “Laser Incident”

A Virgin Atlantic flight headed to New York returned to a London airport Sunday evening after one of the plane’s pilots reported feeling unwell following a “laser beam incident.”  [More]

American Airlines Co-Pilot Lands Plane Safely After Pilot Dies During Flight

American Airlines Co-Pilot Lands Plane Safely After Pilot Dies During Flight

In a tragic turn of events, an American Airlines pilot died on a red-eye flight from Phoenix to Boston early Monday morning. The plane carrying 147 passengers and a crew of five was diverted to Syracuse, NY, and landed safely after the co-pilot took over the controls. [More]

(Adam Fagen)

Lufthansa’s Pilots Ordered To End Strike, Wednesday Flights Remain Canceled

The Lufthansa pilot strike that led to the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights on Tuesday and Wednesday has ended after a German court ordered the pilots to return to work. [More]

United Pilot Allegedly Threw Bullets In Plane’s Trash, Flushed Them Down Toilet

United Pilot Allegedly Threw Bullets In Plane’s Trash, Flushed Them Down Toilet

While it’s perfectly legal to transport ammunition on airplanes in checked luggage if it’s in a wooden or cardboard box specifically made for the purpose of transporting bullets, bringing those items in a carry-on and trying to dispose of them by throwing them in a trash can or down the toilet on an airplane is a big no-no. Just ask the United Airlines pilot accused of doing so. [More]

You Can Add Wasps To The List Of Things That Can Divert Flights

You Can Add Wasps To The List Of Things That Can Divert Flights

Time and again we’ve reported on incidents in which an unruly passenger diverts a plane. But what about an unruly insect? Apparently it’s possible, as Allegiant Airlines says a recent flight had to make an unscheduled landing because of an unticketed wasp. [More]

Allegiant Air Pilots Once Again Raise Concerns With Airline’s Safety Practices

Allegiant Air Pilots Once Again Raise Concerns With Airline’s Safety Practices

Pilots of Nevada-based budget carrier Allegiant Air are once again expressing their concerns that the airline’s bare minimum approach to maintenance and operations comes at the cost of passenger safety, this time in a letter to the company’s board of directors. [More]

Adam Fagen

FAA Steps Up Oversight Of United Airlines, Citing Violations Of Pilot Qualifications & Scheduling Issues

The Federal Aviation Administration has been fixing its baleful stare on United Airlines for the last two months, after writing in a letter to the airline pointing out potential risks due to alleged repeated violations of mandatory pilot qualification and scheduling requirements. [More]

(Paul Thompson)

Allegiant Air Pilots Plan Strike For Thursday; Could Ground 250 Flights

Earlier today, we reported that the pilots of Nevada-based budget carrier Allegiant Air took their beef with the carrier to the public by posting an open letter to passengers voicing their concern about carrier’s stance on safety standards and treatment of employees. Now, the pilots say they’re prepared to go on strike Thursday, a move that has the potential to ground 250 flights. [More]

Brian Brodeur

Airline’s Pilots Warn Passengers Of Safety Concerns

In an open letter to their passengers, the pilots of Nevada-based budget carrier Allegiant Air have gone public with their concerns about what they see as sagging service and safety standards for the airlines. [More]

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Man Accused Of Pointing Laser Beam Into Cockpits Of Several Planes At LaGuardia Airport, Injuring Pilots

Because there isn’t already enough to worry about when piloting a giant piece of metal flying in the sky, law enforcement in New York say they busted a man accused of shining a powerful laser beam into the cockpits of several aircraft at LaGuardia Airport, injuring the eyes of three pilots. [More]

United Airlines Warns Pilots About Safety Concerns

United Airlines Warns Pilots About Safety Concerns

Following four incidents that United Airlines dubs “safety events and near-misses,” the carrier has issued a warning to its pilots about “significant safety concerns,” and asking them to cut down on potentially disastrous mistakes. [More]

(John Kittelsrud)

Air Canada Pilots Warned To Stop Sneaking Porn Into The Cockpit, Because Seriously?

Perhaps there’s something about the name that makes it a tempting locale to stash porn, but Air Canada pilots have been warned to stop sneaking porn into the cockpit, after several incidents where the airline found explicit content on planes. Because you know, there are other things to concentrate on when you’re flying a ginormous piece of metal through the sky, thousands of feet above the ground. [More]

The note left for a female WestJet pilot by a passenger who thinks it's still 1960 (and who would probably have still been considered a jerk then too). See below for the back of the note.

Passenger Tells Female Pilot That Cockpit Is “No Place For A Woman”

Of all the things that airline passengers should care about — schedules, airfares, fees, delays, weather, that guy across the row from you who refuses to put his shoes back on — one thing that shouldn’t matter at all is the pilot’s gender, as I’m pretty sure the Y chromosome contains no special aviation-related genetic information. And even if you do think that only brawny men named Rex or Ace should be flying your airplane, what is the point of leaving a nutty, angry note when your pilot happens to be a woman? [More]

More Rest For Pilots Could Mean Fewer Flights For Travelers

More Rest For Pilots Could Mean Fewer Flights For Travelers

Fewer pilots and longer resting requirements could be trouble for regional airlines. The issues that grounded hundreds of JetBlue flights this week could be just the start after new FAA regulations on rest for pilots went into effect Saturday. [More]

FAA Orders All Overweight Air Traffic Controllers And Pilots To Get Tested For Sleep Disorders

FAA Orders All Overweight Air Traffic Controllers And Pilots To Get Tested For Sleep Disorders

In an effort to guard against sleepy or fatigued pilots taking a snooze behind the controls, as well as air traffic controllers who might doze off, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced a new regulation requiring both kinds of staff undergo testing for sleep disorders if they’re overweight. [More]