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UPS Crash Pilot Told Colleague Schedule Was ‘Killing’ Him

UPS crash alabama
A United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) pilot who said he felt tired was descending too steeply when his plane struck a hillside in Alabama and crashed before dawn last year, according to documents released by U.S. investigators.

FBI offers rewards up to $10,000 to catch people laser pointing at pilots

FBI laser attack campaign
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Airline pilots and the FBI launched a campaign Monday to warn about the dangers of people pointing lasers into cockpits. They're promising prosecution for those who are caught, and a reward for those who turn them in.

No texting while flying...

No texting while flying

New rule prohibits non-essential use of laptops, cell phones, and other electronic devices to prevent crew member distraction during flights. As the Federal Aviation Administration eases prohibitions against passenger use of portable electronic devices, it's restricting airline pilots' personal use of devices in the cockpit.

Protected Airspace for Circling Approaches To Be Expanded

Circling

The FAA will begin publishing instrument approaches that use larger circling-approach airspace dimensions on May 2, addressing industry safety groups’ assertions that the radii were “insufficient to contain large, jet transport airplanes during the circle-to-land maneuver,” according to NBAA.

Boeing 787 is airborne with new batteries

B787

Boeing Co. (BA) won U.S. approval for the 787 Dreamliner’s redesigned battery, setting the stage for ANA Holdings Inc. and Japan Airlines Co., the jet’s two biggest operators, to seek domestic clearance to restart flights.

The FAA’s decision will allow the Dreamliner’s eight current operators to restart flights over the next several weeks.

iPad restrictions on airplanes may be eased

iPad in seat pocket

Those who use electronic tablets (who isn't?) may be getting a break when they fly on airplanes, as the FAA is considering loosening the restrictions on their use during takeoff and landing.

The iPad Flight Bag Is Finally Here

B787 Dreamliners grounded

B787 cockpit

The FAA ordered a temporary grounding of US-based 787s due to the continuing Lithium Ion battery issues. The precipitating event was the leakage of the battery's caustic electrolytes in the forward E/E bay of ZA102 (LN 9, JA804A) during the flight in Japan yesterday.

American Airlines pilots begin using Apple's iPad during all phases of flight

iPad approved for use in the cockpit

American Airlines this month is expanding its iPad Electronic Flight Bag program, as 777 aircraft pilots begin using Apple's tablet during all phases of flight, helping to save an estimated $1.2 million per year on fuel costs.

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