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LouisvilleKY Airport Authority Receives $24.4 Million from Federal Aviation Administration

LOUISVILLE, KY  – The Louisville Regional Airport Authority has received $24.4 million in airport infrastructure grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The FAA awarded $586 million in airport infrastructure grants, as part of the total $3.18 billion in AIP funding for airports across the United States. Louisville International Airport (SDF) received $23,305,246 in grants and Bowman Field (LOU) received $1,172,498 in grants. The grants will be used for various improvements at both airports. “Louisville is the third busiest cargo airport in the United States and operating a safe and efficient airport is vital…


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It’s not going away: The FAA, FedEX, UPS, Fatigued pilots and YOU.

When I say “pilot fatigue” do you care? Well, you should. Your local  Louisville UPS hub employs thousands of pilots who are your neighbors, friends and relatives.  Humans like you and me, with a job to do. Sometimes over long hours, long delays and crazy weather holds on the ground. UPS ( Big Brown) also brings in about $1.6 billion Net per quarter in their operations. Wow. That’s a lot of green. The disconnect is, big business like FedEx and UPS, along with other smaller shipping companies aren’t taking care of their pilots, or you. A few details for your perusal:…


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Safety in the skies? Well, sort of.

As I sit in my St Matthews office, I hear the flight patterns of two Louisville airports. Bowman Field, which is minimal, and SDF and the big birds taking off at the midnight hour. Every 4 minutes, a UPS MD-11 or 747 flies overhead, off to their destination filled with cargo carriage.   My thoughts are not those of “its too loud” or normal complaints of residents in the flight pattern. No. My thoughts turn to “who is flying tonight” or “what are they carrying” or “how long have they been flying today”.   You see, once you know the…


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FAA to Fatigued pilots: don’t fly commercial passengers, but boxes and military Ok!

The FAA, after years of debate and political push me pull me on Capitol Hill released new Flight Time/ Duty Time regulations for the airline industry. But as forecasted by some pilots associations, the big carriers such as UPS and FedEX lobbied to be exempt due to the “costs” of implementing the rules. And guess what? They are exempt from the new rules. Imagine that. The new rules,  loosely to start, are : 10 hours rest between shifts (+2 hours than before) only 8-9 hours of actual flight time maximum shift hours 9-14 including waits, maintenance and administrative airlines have…


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FAA Breaking news: Alert about Pilots Flight Fatigue new rules due in an hour

Breaking news: Affecting professional airline pilots: especially our local  UPS contingent. The FAA will host  a stakeholders conference call prior to the release of the Flight Time/Duty Time (FT/DT ) rules. “The effort was revived after the February 2009 crash of a regional airliner near Buffalo, N.Y., killing all 49 people aboard and a man on the ground. An NTSB investigation found that both pilots were probably suffering from fatigue. Neither pilot appeared to have slept in a bed the previous night. The flight’s captain had logged onto a computer in the middle of the night from an airport crew…