Aviation

Bye Bye Blackbird—Saying Goodbye To The SR-71

The following is from an email forwarded to me from the REAL Toymaker. It’s kind of long, but if you like aviation and/or history, it’s an interesting read. In the early days of my air traffic control career, I had the pleasure to observe the Blackbird fly through our area. It was always a treat,…

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August 3—30 Years Later and Still in the News—WHY?

On August 3, 1981, 85% of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) members went on strike against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Within hours, President Ronald Reagan ordered them back to work or lose their jobs. Roughly 10,000 thought he was bluffing and lost their jobs—permanently. I’m not going to argue whether PATCO was…

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HANGING UP THE HEADSET, PICKING UP THE PEN

The world is constantly changing…and so are we. May 31, 2011 marked a big day in my life; it was my last day as an air traffic controller for the FAA. RETIREMENT! Twenty-six and half years in one place doing the same thing everyday—mostly. I’ve hung up my headset and picked up the pen.  As…

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FAA knew controllers nap, ignored fatigue issue

Editor’s note: Charles A. Czeisler, Ph.D., M.D., is Baldino Professor of Sleep Medicine and director of the Divisions of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also chairs the National Institutes of Health Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board for the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research in the National Heart,…

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NTSB urges fatigue-fighting strategies for air traffic controllers

NTSB urges fatigue-fighting strategies for air traffic controllers By Paul Courson, CNN UPDATED: 05:25 PM EDT 04.25.11 The National Transportation Safety Board hopes air traffic controllers may soon benefit from long-standing research into worker fatigue by implementing strategies that include intentional sleeping on the job, the use of caffeine and other methods shown by science…

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FAA falls short on plan to aid fatigued workers

FAA falls short on plan to aid fatigued workers By JOAN LOWY, AP 13 hours ago WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration told a government watchdog nearly two years ago that it was prepared to let air traffic controllers sleep or rest during work shifts when they weren’t directing aircraft. It still hasn’t happened. When…

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MSNBC.com article on Air Traffic Control

Air traffic controllers need fortitude in demanding job ‘To be good, you have to have some kind of compulsive behavior,’ veteran controller says By Bill Briggs msnbc.com contributor When Miami’s clouds turn foul and a parade of incoming pilots start demanding new routes, Jim Marinitti stares hard at the string of white blips on his…

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Repost from "Get the Flick" by Don Brown

What I Wish I Had Said For those that didn’t hear it, yours truly was on NPR’s Morning Edition this morning. Besides the live show I was on at Oshkosh one year, it was my first radio interview. I guess it went well enough. After the taping, I saw some non-aviation friends last night and…

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Welcome!

It was time to toss out the old and bring in the new. Speaking of my website, of course. I think you’ll like the new look…I know I sure do. AuthorBytes has done an outstanding job. Please take the time to explore the site, recommend it to your friends, and while you’re there, sign up…

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