IFALPA Daily News – 31 January 2014


Dear Colleagues,
The IFALPA Daily News is now available online.
Here are today’s top headlines. To read more, click on the title:
US FAA downgrades DGCA over aviation safety fears

Exposing the gross inadequacy of our aviation regulator to ensure safe air travel here, the US

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has downgraded India’s aviation safety ranking.

 Allegiant Air pilots to meet with investors, analysts to discuss operating, safety concerns

The Allegiant Air Pilots Executive Council, an employee group of Allegiant Travel Company pilots

represented by Teamsters Local Union 1224 in Wilmington, Ohio, announced plans today to begin

formal dialogues with Allegiant stakeholders and other influential voices in the financial

community, including institutional shareholders, equity analysts, corporate lenders and insurers,

in order to address operating and safety concerns that exist at the airline.

 Doctors can learn a lot from pilots about effective communication

According to a January 30 news release from Indiana University, a new study conducted by university

researchers aims to enhance the doctor-patient relationship by streamlining the communication flow

between humans and machines.

 Police pilots in danger from laser strikes

It is a danger Tucson’s officer pilots face every day they’re on the job: patrolling the city from the skies.

 Bird hit: Gulf Air flight grounded

A Gulf Air flight carrying 136 passengers bound for Bahrain from Thiruvananthapuram has been

grounded after a bird hit.

Goodyear training center for pilots planned

Citing a growing demand for airline pilots over the next decade, a U.K.-based flight school will

invest $7 million to equip and open a training center at Phoenix Goodyear Airport.

 The return of supersonic flight

Travellers who lament the passing of the Concorde – the aircraft was grounded for good in October

2003 and British Airways has given no indication it will take to the skies again – may yet have an

opportunity to experience a transatlantic supersonic flight.