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This week the Flying Bill of Rights Passed! Under the new legislation, most pilots who've held an FAA medical certificate within 10 years of the law being signed won't need to visit the FAA doctor anymore, unless they fly with five or more passengers. New pilots will only need an FAA exam once. A pilot will still need to be examined by a state-licensed doctor once every four years. Pilots will need to have a driver's license. Once President Obama signs the legislation, the FAA will have a year to implement the new rules.

glassckpt" Bored, detached pilots - bad news! While the automation of flight has contributed to commercial aviation stellar safety record, there are downsides. The modern airliner has become so complex that pilots can sometimes become confused about what the airplane is doing. Then there is a seemingly contradictory problem in which pilots become complacent, mentally disengaging from a plane that is flying itself. Just as many airline pilots started their flying career as teenagers in small airplanes, in the air, removing the hands-on act of operating the vehicle can cause even well-developed skills to deteriorate.
According to studies done by Missy Cummings a systems engineer and director of Duke University's Humans and Autonomy Lab, people are unable to give unrelenting focus to routine tasks. "The human mind craves stimulation," Cummings said. Failing to find something to latch onto, the mind will wander. It is how humans are designed. No less an authority than Chesley Sullenberger, has said. "Automation introduces other possibilities for error that do not exist in more conventional aircraft. It makes possible other kinds of errors." For automation to work properly this conundrum needs attention. Good automation requires not just an understanding of the machine and the human, but how the two will interact.

Have your papers when flying into New York. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, was in Farmingdale Monday, calling for increased small plane inspections at airports across New York state.There would be more ramp inspections, which are conducted by the FAA to determine compliance with federal regulations and safe operating practices. Inspectors can examine the pilot and crewmembers checking for medical certificates; the interior of the aircraft; servicing and maintenance of the aircraft; the exterior of the aircraft; and the ramp and gate condition.

Need a job? .Piedmont Airlines, a regional airline owned by American Airlines, announced a $15,000 signing bonus and $5,000 to existing Piedmont employees who successfully refer pilot candidates.

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