December 18

Pilot shortage looms

first_imgOver the past few years, analysts and airline officials in the US have been predicting a shortage of qualified pilots. With the looming threat, airlines considered how to meet the challenges at the same time government officials were changing the rules to require more flight hours for prospective pilots.“I think everything that has happened has been predicted,” said Regional Airline Association President Roger Cohen. “It just happened faster. The cold reality of it is obviously worse than the prediction.”In January, the industry came face to face with the first real manifestation of those prognostications when a small regional carrier, Great Lakes Airlines operating out of Wyoming announced it would suspend service to a half dozen small cities because it didn’t have enough pilots.“Due to the unintended consequences of the new congressionally mandated pilot regulatory requirements, the Company feels it is in the best interest of our customers, communities and other employees to suspend service from these stations until we are able to rebuild our staff of pilots in order to provide reliable service,” said Great Lakes CEO Charles Howell in a statement.The shortage is attributed in large part to a recent change in rules from the US Federal Aviation Administration requiring 1500 hours and an ATP license for prospective commercial pilots. In the past, many regional carriers hired candidates with fewer hours offering the new pilots the chance to build up their hours and experience with a shot at moving on to higher pay as a pilot with a legacy carrier. The new rules went into effect in August 2013.US Aviation officials sought to tighten the standards and the training following a tragic crash of a Colgan Air Q400 in February 2009 that killed 49 people. The accident investigation found that the two pilots had not been adequately trained to respond to a stall and had violated sterile cockpit rule which limits conversation specifically to aircraft function. The incident sparked a flurry of self-examination on the part of airlines as well as government regulatory agencies. Cohen said airline representatives had worked with the FAA to ease some of the restrictions, such as an option to substitute an accredited university program for a portion of the required hours. The new 1500 hour requirement effectively “moved the goal posts” for students currently enrolled in a university program who planned to pursue a carrier in aviation upon graduation, said Cohen.“We’ve lost thousands of prospective pilots and turned off thousands going forward,” said Cohen. “There are thousands of highly trained qualified professional pilots coming out of universities that aren’t even able to interview with an airline.”In anticipation of the shortage, Cohen said regional airlines have taken aggressive steps to resolve the issue such as offering signing bonuses, raising starting salaries and establishing bridge programs with universities. But it hasn’t been enough.The high cost of gaining flight hours and certification coupled with low starting salaries has not helped attract good candidates. Young people are not enamored enough with the idea of flying to sink deeply into debt in exchange for living a dream of flight.United Airlines announced major cuts to its Cleveland hub in February, owing in part to its regional partners feeling the pinch of the new government regulations.“These new regulations have caused mainline airlines to hire regional pilots, while simultaneously significantly reducing the pool of new pilots from which regional pilots can hire,” United officials wrote in a letter to employees announcing the cuts. “Although this is an industry issue, it directly affects us and requires us to reduce our regional partner flying, as several of our regional partners are beginning to have difficulty flying their schedule due to reduce new pilot availability.”The carrier said the Cleveland hub had not been profitable generating “tens of millions of dollars in annual losses” in recent years. Some 460 jobs will be lost at the hub.Republic Airways, a regional partner with United at its Cleveland hub, announced this week is would be grounding 27 ERJs this year because the company is having trouble hiring enough pilots.In a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Republic stated it was taking the action because of a “significant reduction” in the number of qualified pilots who meet the 1500 hour rule. The reduction in flying will also affect Republic’s partner, American Airlines.“The applicant flow problems continue to persist in the new year and it has become all too clear that we can no longer consider extending all our small jet contract,” Republic President and CEO Bryan Bedford stated in a letter to employees.ALPA tries to debunk shortageThe handwringing over whether there is a pilot shortage was refuted in early February by ALPA (Air Line Pilots Assn. International) which called it a “myth.” ALPA represents nearly 50,000 pilots at 31 airlines in the US and Canada.“There may be a shortage of qualified pilots who are willing to fly for US airlines because of the industry’s recent history of instability, poor pay and benefits,” said ALPA president Lee Moak in a statement. Moak said there are thousands of qualified pilots on furlough or working overseas who would gladly return to US cockpits if conditions were favorable.He cited the recent closure or US regional carrier Comair, which furloughed 800 experienced pilots who are now looking for jobs in addition to 1,154 ALPA members currently on furlough.In the US average starting salary for regional airline is $21,285 plus benefit. Starting co-pilots at Delta and United earn $61,000 plus benefits, according to ALPA.“The real solution to preventing any future pilot shortage is for airlines to produce consistently profitable results,” Moak Observed. “Congress can support this goal by implementing pro-growth aviation policies that reduce the tax burden on airlines and give industry an opportunity to compete and prevail in the international marketplace.”Republic’s Bedford agreed in part but pointed out that some 18,000 US pilots will be reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65 over the next decade.“There are ample pilots for today’s needs, but these young people, who have graduated with aeronautical aviation degrees no longer qualify for employment,” Bedford told employees. “And there are not enough ways for them to get the hourly time the new law requires.”Cohen and airline officials expect there will continue to be pilot shortages and discontinuation of service to smaller communities.“We don’t need another report on what the issues are,” said Cohen, who recently announced the formation of task force of regional airline CEOs to come up with ways to maintain service. “We are focused on trying to find some short term solutions. Each day sees another headline about reduced service and those are going to continue.”last_img read more

December 16

Yahoo Grabs Associated to Increase Content

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Yahooannounced today that it is buying Associated Content, a user-generated media company with 380,000 contributors and 16 million monthly visitors. Yahoo, the second largest search engine after Google, said it will complete this acquisition in the third quarter of 2010. Although financial terms were not released by either company, the deal is thought to be worth in the area of $90–100 million. “Together, we’ll create more content around what we know our users care about, and open up new and creative avenues for advertisers to engage with consumers across our network,” Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz said in the official news release. “Having insight into user intent through its leading search products enables Yahoo! to identify topics important to advertisers and users. Yahoo! plans to use Associated Content to create content around those topics and leverage Associated Content to contribute content to existing media properties.”Business Insider pointed out that Associated Content, backed in part by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, had considered AOL to be the most likely buyer, but they decided to launch the SEED “open content submission platform” instead. Competitors include AOL and Demand Media. Demand has been criticized for producing a large amount of arguably low-quality content and is thought to be preparing for an IPO. Associated Content also brings along the deals it has with publishers like Reuters, Turner, Scripps and Fox.center_img curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#AOL#user-generated content#web#Yahoo last_img read more

October 18

NEP draft wishful document but no roadmap to implement it Sisodia

first_imgNEW DELHI: The draft for the Centre’s National Education Policy (NEP) is a “good wishful” document but there is no roadmap for how the changes will be implemented, according to Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s Education minister, said sans a step-wise implementation plan, the NEP may end up in a “disaster” like the no-detention policy.”Broadly, it is a good draft except a few small things here and there the concepts they have talked about are good. They have set targets that one has to reach rooftop but policy does not talk about step one that how will they reach there,” said Sisodia. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”That is what the disaster happened in no detention policy, right to education was made a fundamental right and no-detention policy was implemented without any preparatory measures. They could have said that in one year B.Ed programmes will be changed, next year books will be replaced, in the third year examination pattern will be revamped and then no-detention policy will be implemented. “Teachers did not know what to do and how. They just knew that they were not supposed to fail children. Similar thing can happen here, NEP implementation may end up like the no-detention policy,” he added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsA panel headed by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief K Kasturirangan had submitted the draft of the new National Education Policy (NEP) to Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ when he took charge. The draft was then put in public domain to seek feedback from various stakeholders and over two lakh suggestions were received by the HRD Ministry about the same. “They have defined some good concepts like introduction of learning outcomes. But how? Their B.Ed programmes are running on rot learning and so are teacher training programmes. Has the government asked the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) to work on a draft B.Ed. programme in accordance with NEP?,” he said. “Unless there is roadmap for implementation it is a good wishful draft. They must fix the linkages and there should be an year-wise timeline for implementation,” Sisodia added. The existing NEP was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992. A new education policy was part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s manifesto ahead of the 2014 general election. The drafting experts also took into account the report of a panel headed by former cabinet secretary T S R Subramanian and formed by the HRD Ministry when it was being headed by Smriti Irani.last_img read more

September 17

Chula Vista Police City Hold its 8th Annual Night Out Against Crime

first_img Updated: 11:31 PM Posted: August 7, 2018 Dave Scott, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – Earlier tonight, Chula Vista held its 8th annual “Night Out Against Crime.”Residents were invited to the police department to get to know the local officers and city leaders.Visitors toured police headquarters and received crime prevention tips.KUSI’s Dave Scott spoke to Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy, earlierChief Kennedy then introduced us to a woman whose family member was murdered, and the body was found inside of a barrel in the harbor last October.The goal for National Night is to make the community safe and a more caring place to live. center_img Chula Vista Police, City Hold its 8th Annual Night Out Against Crime Dave Scott, KUSI Newsroom August 7, 2018last_img read more

September 13

Ft McPherson LRA Seeks Strategic Planning Services

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority, the local agency responsible for redeveloping 145 acres on the former Fort McPherson in southwest Atlanta is looking for consultants to provide strategic planning and or residential real estate development services.The RFP for strategic planning services seeks a provider to collaborate with, develop, lead and advise the LRA on a strategic plan focusing on financial viability, organizational capacity building, stakeholder engagement, financing tools for real estate transactions and leveraging relationships with potential partners.The Fort Mac LRA also seeks a development partner with the financial capacity to support creative ideas and strategies for the redesign/adaptive reuse, property management and leasing services for 16 existing residential duplex properties.The deadline for responding to the requests, which can be found on the Fort Mac LRA website, is Oct. 5.last_img read more

August 19

New Castle Hotels Resorts to manage Westin Prince Toronto

center_img TORONTO — New Castle Hotels and Resorts has taken over management of the 395-room Westin Prince Toronto.The AAA 4-Diamond rated hotel joins New Castle’s portfolio of Westin hotels including the Westin Nova Scotian, the brand’s first franchise, The Westin Portland Harborview in Portland, ME and the Westin Jekyll Island in Georgia.“This is a legacy Westin property with 40 years of 4-Diamond status. We look forward to guiding it into the future with a sharp focus on Westin’s strategically developed, highly recognizable branding and New Castle’s well-regarded culture of mutual respect,” says New Castle President and COO, Gerry Chase.With 30,000 square feet of meeting space, the Westin Prince can accommodate groups as large as 700 in both indoor and outdoor venues. The hotel has several dining venues as well as an outdoor heated pool, running trails, tennis courts and a fitness centre with whirlpool and sits on 15 acres of rolling parkland, with an adjacent golf course.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passenger“The Westin Prince is notable as an urban oasis, giving Toronto’s business and leisure visitors the best opportunities to engage in and escape from this dynamic city,” added Chase. “We welcome this well-known Toronto landmark to our growing portfolio of distinctive North American hotels.”New Castle owns and/or operates six other hotels in Atlantic Canada and will open a dual-brand project in Dartmouth, NS next spring. Share New Castle Hotels & Resorts to manage Westin Prince Torontolast_img read more