Feds Warn Pilots of Side Effects from Medication Use

Driving under the influence of popular over-the-counter drugs like antihistamines and cold medications can increase a person’s risk of an accident, because of the drowsiness that sets in after taking these drugs. Thus far, federal officials have not really focused on the kind of effects that such medication use may have on pilots who are [...]

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Feds Release New Pilot Qualification Standards

  The Federal Aviation Administration recently released new qualification standards for first officers, or co-pilots.  The new rules will require a minimum of 1,500 hours of total flying time for the pilot, and include a requirement that the person obtains an Airline Transport Pilot certificate.  According to the new standards that were released recently by [...]

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American Eagle Pilot Charged after Failing Alcohol Test

 Vigilant airport officers were able to prevent a very obviously intoxicated pilot from operating a flight recently.  The American Eagle pilot was arrested after he reported to the airport in an intoxicated state.  The pilot, Kolbjorn Jarle Kristiansen was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.  Airport officers and Transportation Security Administration officers at the [...]

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Focus on Medical Helicopter Safety after Fatal Crashes

Two recent medical helicopter crashes on the same day have once again focused attention on air ambulance safety, prompting discussion and raising calls for oversight of this industry. The first helicopter crash occurred in Iowa, when a Med Trans medical helicopter crashed in a field.  All the people on the helicopter were killed in the [...]

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NTSB Proposes External Cameras to Reduce Ground Accidents

Many plane collisions on the ground are caused because pilots have impaired visibility and cannot see the certain parts of the plane, like the wingtips.  In order to reduce the risk of such ground collisions, the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that planes come with onboard camera systems.  These camera systems would give pilots [...]

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FAA Investigating Near Miss Aviation Safety Incident near Washington Airport

Once again, California plane crash lawyers find that air traffic controller errors are at the center of another near-miss plane crash incident.  Miscommunication by air traffic controllers is being blamed for a near miss incident involving 3 separate planes near Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport. The incident allegedly occurred on July 31, and involved three [...]

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Dana Air Plane Crash Preliminary Report Indicates No Fuel Contamination

Preliminary investigations into the Dana air plane crash in Nigeria that killed all 153 people on board people last month indicates there was no contamination of the fuel.  However, the investigation does raise questions about other possible factors. At least 6 people on the ground were also killed in the crash which occurred on June [...]

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NTSB Investigating Southwest Airlines-Learjet Near- Collision at Chicago Airport

Last month, a Southwest Airlines plane and a Learjet came about 287 feet laterally close to each other, barely managing to avoid a collision at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.  The incident which occurred on December 1 was likely the result of air traffic controller error. This incident is the latest in a series of near-miss [...]

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FAA Announces New Pilot Fatigue Rules

In December, the Federal Aviation Administration announced new rules aimed at combating the problem of pilot fatigue.  The new rules do contain some proposals that California plane crash lawyers have been calling for, but fall short of a complete and targeted program to eliminate the problem of fatigue and its role in plane crashes. According [...]

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US Airways Ad Alleges Unsafe Culture at Airline

US Airways calls it the latest tactic used by labor groups to gain the upper hand in contract negotiations, but California plane crash lawyers choose to see it differently.  The US Airline Pilots Association, the labor union of US Airways, has taken out a full-page ad in USA Today, claiming that the airline tried to [...]

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