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Vector Aerospace Welcomes David George as Sales & Service Manager for Military Programs


Aerospace Corporation one of the world’s leading independ- ent providers of aviation main- tenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services is pleased to announce the appointment of David George as Sales & Service Manager for Military Programs. “David George offers opera- tors a global network of industry resources and an in-depth understanding of the needs of the helicopter industry,” says Ronnie Kearns, Vector’s director of business development for mil- itary programs. “David served 12 years on flight status with the U.S. Army, where he was assigned positions as aviation operations officer and safety officer; and he is a graduate of the Army Aviation Safety Officer Course. Additionally, David has a wealth of experience working with various US and foreign mil- itary agencies where he directly assisted in areas of operational fleet enhancement. These expe-


riences, coupled with a history of thirty-five years of rotorcraft operations make David George an ideal candidate for this posi- tion and a valuable asset to the company.” Prior to joining Vector, George served as Director of Technology and Business Development for a leading aerospace manufacturer where he was responsible for develop- ing new market segments, terri- tories and strategies, and assist- ing with new product develop- ment and integration. George also held key execu- tive / operational roles in which he was responsible for design management, development, certification and market inte- gration of a new line of prod- ucts based on licensed NASA technology to enhance rotor- craft performance; resulting in several Federal Aviation Administration certified prod- ucts for the aviation industry. As a member of Helicopter Association International and the American Helicopter Society’s executive; George served on numerous national and international industry committees; he has served on the US Federal Government’s Interagency Committee for Aviation Policy (ICAP), and from 1994-1996, he served as a member of the Olympic Aviation Committee where he was responsible for aviation sys- tem planning to host the Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA. George holds Airline


Transport Pilot and Instructor ratings, and has personally accumulated over eight thou- sand rotorcraft flight hours in eighteen different models of civil aircraft. ◆


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minimum of nine hours off between shifts. Currently they may have as few as eight. 2. Controllers will no longer be able to swap shifts unless they have a minimum of 9 hours off between the last shift they worked and the one they want to begin.


FAA – Takes Swift Action to Enhance Safety of ATC Operations


Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt recently announced changes to air traffic controller scheduling practices that will allow con- trollers more time for rest between shifts. “We expect controllers to come to work rested and ready to work and take personal responsibility for safety in the control towers. We have zero tolerance for sleeping on the job,” said Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. “Safety is our top priority and we will continue to make what- ever changes are necessary.” “Research shows us that giv- ing people the chance for even an additional one hour of rest during critical periods in a schedule can improve work per- formance and reduce the potential for fatigue,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. “Taking advantage of the time you have to rest is also a profes- sional responsibility.” The new scheduling rules


have already been put in place and will be fully in effect by the end of the week: 1. Controllers will now have a


3. Controllers will no longer be able to switch to an unsched- uled midnight shift following a day off.


4. FAA managers will schedule their own shifts in a way to ensure greater coverage in the early morning and late night hours.


Over the course of the com- ing weeks, they will visit air traf- fic facilities in and around the following cities: Atlanta; Dallas- Ft. Worth; Kansas City; Chicago; New York; and Washington, DC. The two will also visit the air traffic control- training academy at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City.


Senior members of both FAA


and NATCA leadership teams will also be visiting additional FAA facilities nationwide over the next few weeks.


In addition to changes in scheduling practices, the Call to Action effort will include the development of a fatigue educa- tion program to teach con- trollers the risks of fatigue and how to avoid it. The FAA will also commis- sion an independent review of the air traffic control-training curriculum and qualifications to make sure new controllers are properly prepared. NATCA will expand its own


Professional Standards program nationwide, which focuses on peer-to-peer education for


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