What we’re reading: ANA pilots enter 787 training, fixing air traffic troubles, ATC confessions


Boeing begins 787 Dreamliner pilot training with launch customer ANA

Ten pilots from Dreamliner launch customer ANA started their classroom training earlier this month.

“The start of customer training is an exciting milestone on any new airplane program,” said Sherry Carbary, vice president, Boeing Flight Services. “In the case of the 787 Dreamliner, we’re seeing the results of a special working relationship between Boeing and ANA.

Can technology fix the FAA’s air traffic troubles?

The FAA plans to replace its current radar tracking with GPS technology.

With the new technology, pilots and controllers can see surrounding aircraft in real time — without the 10-second delay that comes with the half-century old radar technology.

GPS-based tracking displays certainly would have had a role to play in preventing the April 11 collision on the tarmac at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, said Bill Voss, former FAA air traffic development director and current president of the Flight Safety Foundation.

5 confessions of air traffic controllers

Rick Seaney of FareCompare recently talked to air traffic controllers and they told him about the challenges they face.

What’s is it like to be an air traffic controller? According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational handbook, “The mental stress of being responsible for the safety of several aircraft and their passengers can be exhausting.” Indeed it can, especially when working the rattler.

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