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Saturday, 24 July 2010 13:54
Does anyone know the status of this? Has anything changed? In the wake of the Colgan Air Flight 3407 accident, US lawmakers are urging regulatory authorities to study the impact of long-distance commuting on pilot fatigue. During a recent hearing of the Senate commerce, science and transportation committee, Senators pressed officials from the US FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to undertake a widespread study of airline pilots to establish what connection, if any, exists between commuting pilots and fatigue. Findings of the NTSB investigation following the February 2009 accident of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 that crashed on approach to Buffalo concluded that inappropriate pilot response to a stick shaker stall warning was found to be the probable cause of the accident. Additionally, the NTSB found that the crew was "likely fatigued" at the time of the accident after the captain spent the two of the three nights prior to the crash sleeping in the airlines crew lounge and the first officer was commuting from her home in Seattle the night prior. "Unfortunately, in the aviation industry, fatigue-related decisions by operators and pilots - such as minimum crew hires, flight crew schedules and commuting - are decisions that too often reflect the economics of the industry, rather than the data and science of fatigue and human performance," says NTSB. "It seems unlikely to me that this is the only circumstance and maybe this has become a practice and this has to stop," says Subcommttee Chairman Byron Dorgan (D-ND). NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman explains the board esimated during its investigation that 70% of Colgans pilots commuted to the airlines Newark Liberty International Airport base, and 20% were commuting from a distance of 1600km (1000 miles) or more. "Until we know how widespread this is, we cant really fix the problem, and neither can the carriers" says Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC). "Just because the safety record is good, it doesnt mean the pilots are rested." Peggy Gilligan, FAAs associate administrator for aviation safety, acknowledges that the relationship between commuting and pilot fatigue is of great interest to regulators, but cautions that any potential rulemaking regarding pilot commuting must take into account pilot concerns about forced relocation that could cause personal and economic hardship. As part of its investigation, the NTSB recommended that the FAA require all scheduled and non-scheduled operators to "address fatigue risks associated with commuting, including identifying the number of pilots who commute, establishing policy and guidance to mitigate fatigue risks, using scheduling practices to minimize opportunities for fatigue, and develop or identifying rest facilities for commuting pilots.
Thursday, 22 July 2010 18:02
PS> I completely understand your grief. And I understand your desire to fix the system. I applaud that, in fact. I just feel that some of the measures in this bill do nothing to increase safety, but do a lot to harm the industry. More could be done in the realm of fatigue management, safety management systems, and other programs within the airlines. Internal training standards could be tightened up, and that could go a long way to weeding out the bad apples. Again, I appreciate your efforts to improve the industry I work in. I want it to be better, and I want it to be safe. So lets all work together to put forth measures that actually increase the safety of the operation, instead of those that dont.
Thursday, 22 July 2010 17:54
I know it is unpopular with this group, but the hour requirement will do nothing to increase safety, but it will put some airlines out of business in a couple of years. Quantity of hours are irrelevant. The quality of the hours is extremely important. A pilot who learns to fly at a school dedicated to training professional pilots, who then gets tailored training specific to the airline environment is better suited at 250 or 300 hours to flying in the part 121 world than someone with 1500 or 2000 hours who flew pipeline patrol, or towed banners for a couple of summers in Orlando. It is the equivalent of saying someone who drives on rural highways for 1500 hours would be a better driver in Manhattan than someone who learned to drive in Manhattan, but had only driven for 300 hours in Manhattan. Ill take the New York guy every time. And you would be smart to choose the 300 hour pilot who knows how to fly in the airline environment too. Unfortunately, the new rules coming down are the result of appeals to emotion, not rational discussions on what is best for safety. Hopefully this will be fixed sometime soon by cooler heads. Sincerely, An Airline Pilot
Thursday, 22 July 2010 02:10
I am in awe of the tenacity of the families of 3704. What they have accomplished is truly a tribute to their loved ones and a model for government change from the grassroots level. I know my friend Beverly (Eckert) is smiling from above, as her family takes inspiration from her short life, to accomplish great things here in her memory.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 07:53
Too bad the politicians are hijacking this worthwhile issue by tagging on handouts to labor unions re Fedex. So much garbage delays or gets passed by attaching to perfectly legit issues like this. What horrible opportunists these politicians who do this are. Heres to success without the pork and unrelated tag-alongs, and to ever more healing from losing so much.
Friday, 16 July 2010 12:53
From Canada with compassion for all the families torn by this tragedy may you all find peace and some form of healing from your scars within for whatever it is worth ! Godspeed
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 16:58
Latest on legislation - looking at an August 1st deadline. Senate Republicans and House Democrats not playing nice (typical DC) - youll Be seeing our group down there a lot between now and then.
Tuesday, 13 July 2010 11:37
What is the update on the legislation efforts?
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 15:27
Classy people flying for our regional airlines out there...sad. http://blog.seattlepi.com/flyinglessons/archives/213723.asp
Tuesday, 29 June 2010 11:09
Everytime I fly into Buffalo or anywhere, I think of flight 3407 and the families.
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 19:10
The fact that the names of the pilots were mentioned in this memorial speaks HIGHLY of those who created this website. God Bless
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 18:46
The dirt that has been exposed in this accident absolutely blows me away. Number one I cannot believe the airlines allowed the cockpit experience levels and pilot performance records to slip to such low levels and two, how in the world do they think it is for one moment anything less than a criminal act to fight legislation to correct the issues. My hat is off to the families who in their time of sorrow have stepped up to the plate and put forth the effort to make air transportation safer for the rest of us. God bless you.
Sunday, 30 May 2010 09:44
This accident should be examined to the fullest to help prepare pilots and other flight crew to improve aviation safety. My deepest sympathy to all the families. I hope President Obama will be true to his word as he met with families in his visit to Buffalo, New York at the Airport in Cheektowaga, New York. May God Bless all of the families.
Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:27
Met Scott Maurer on a flight from DC. Very nice man and I was most inpressed by the passion he had for this effort to improve commercial avaition safety. Keep up the very good work Scott and it was a pleasure speaking with you!
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 09:18
As Butler season ticket holders, we were aware of this tragic accident. The newspaper reported that Kevin texted the Butler players: "play with passion" after the accident. To Kevin and all of Lorins family, our deepest sympathy.
Sunday, 16 May 2010 18:51
god bless the victims of 3407
Monday, 10 May 2010 06:31
I remember February 12, 2009 well. Living in Rochester only an hour to the east, I remember the weather being fairly poor but not impossible that night. I nearly went to bed but for some strange reason felt compelled to turn the tv on and thats when I saw the terrible news. As a husband, father, brother, son, and frequent flyer, the news came crashing down on me with unbelieveable weight. This event has affected me forever and I hope that no one ever has to go through what you all have gone through in the past year+. I applaud your efforts to improve air safety and hope you keep fighting for what is right, no matter who gets offended or complains.
Thursday, 06 May 2010 08:43
Thanks Frank. That link was posted earlier on the guestbook. It does in fact illustrate a very sad state the industry has found itself in. Of all the things I like to economize on, air transportation is not one of them on a very short list.
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 13:03
here is why 3407 went down http://forums.jetcareers.com/general-topics/53768-expectations-how-save-5-a
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 01:48
H.R. 3371, THE Ã¢â‚¬Å“AIRLINE SAFETY AND PILOT TRAINING IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2009Ã¢â‚¬Â Pilot Training, Qualifications, Screening and Professional Development Air Carrier Safety and Pilot Training Task Force Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Establishes a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Task Force that will identify aviation industry best practices regarding: pilot training, pilot professional standards, and inter-carrier information sharing, mentoring and other safety-related practices. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ The Task Force shall report to Congress every 180 days on air carrier progress implementing best practices, and make recommendations for legislative and regulatory action. Implementation of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Recommendations Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Requires FAA to ensure that pilots are trained on stall recovery, upset recovery, and that airlines provide remedial training. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Mandates the FAA to convene a multidisciplinary panel on pilot training for stick pusher operations, and then take action to implement the recommendations of the panel. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Requires the Secretary of Transportation to provide an annual report to Congress on what the agency is doing to address each open NTSB recommendation pertaining to part 121 air carriers. Pilot Qualifications, Screening, Mentoring & Professional Development: Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Requires airline pilots to hold an FAA Airline Transport Pilot license (1,500 minimum flight hours required). Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Establishes comprehensive pre-employment screening of prospective pilots including an assessment of a pilotÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s skills, aptitudes, airmanship and suitability for functioning in the airlineÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s operational environment. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Requires airlines to: establish pilot mentoring programs whereby highly experienced pilots will mentor junior pilots; create Pilot Professional Development Committees; modify training programs to accommodate new-hire pilots with different levels and types of flight experience; and provide leadership and command training to pilots in command (including complying with the Ã¢â‚¬Å“sterile cockpit ruleÃ¢â‚¬Â). Airline Training Hour Requirements Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Studies the best methods and optimal time needed in airline training programs for pilots to master necessary aircraft systems, maneuvers, and procedures; the length of time between training events including recurrent training; and the best methods to reliably evaluate mastery of systems, maneuvers and procedures. Pilot Records Database Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Creates a Pilot Records Database, within 90 days, to provide airlines with fast, electronic access to a pilotÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s comprehensive record. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Information included in the database will include pilotÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s licenses, aircraft ratings, check rides, Notices of Disapproval and other flight proficiency tests. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ FAA will maintain the database and airlines will be able to access the database for hiring purposes only. 1 2 Fatigue Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Flight and Duty Time Rule: Directs the FAA to update and implement new pilot flight and duty time rules and fatigue risk management plans within one year to more adequately track scientific research in the field of fatigue. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Fatigue Risk Management Systems: Requires air carriers, within 90 days, to create fatigue risk management systems approved by FAA to proactively mitigate pilot fatigue. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Commuting Study: Studies the impact of pilot commuting on fatigue and provides preliminary results after four months to the FAA to be considered as part of the flight and duty time rulemaking. Voluntary Safety Programs Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ ASAP and FOQA: Directs the FAA to develop and implement a plan to facilitate the establishment of an Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) and a Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) program by all commercial airlines and their unions. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Report: Requires FAA to report on ASAP, FOQA, Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA), and Advanced Qualification Program (AQP), which will include: an analysis of which airlines are using the programs or if they are using something comparable that achieves similar safety goals; how FAA will expand the use of the programs; and how FAA is using data from the programs as safety analysis and oversight tools for aviation safety inspectors. Flight Schools, Flight Education and Pilot Academic Training Study Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Directs the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study of: current pilot academic training requirements compared to flight education provided by accredited two- and four-year universities and foreign academic requirements; FAAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s oversight of flight schools, and student loan options available to student pilots. Other Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ FAA Safety Oversight by Inspectors: Requires the Department of Transportation Inspector General to study and report to Congress on if the number and experience level of safety inspectors assigned to regional airlines is commensurate with that of mainline airlines; and whether the various data sources that inspectors need to access to perform oversight of airlines can be streamlined into one data source. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Truth in Advertising: Mandates that at the first page of an Internet website that sells airline tickets to disclose to the purchaser of each ticket the air carrier that operates each segment of the flight. Ã´â‚¬â€šÂ¾ Weather Event Training Panel: Requires the FAA to convene a multidisciplinary panel on pilot training for weather events including microburst, windshear and icing conditions.