The Waterloo Rotary club in conjunction with the Finger Lakes Area Pilots (FLAPS) will be holding a Fly-In, Bike-In, Drive-In Pancake Breakfast on Sunday September 9th from 8am – 12:00 noon at the Finger Lakes Regional Airport, 2727 Martin Road, Seneca Falls (just off Rte 414, south of Seneca Falls). Adults $8, Kids 10 and under $4; and under 4 are free. All you can eat pancakes sausage and eggs!
Helicopter and airplane rides will also be available. $40 per person for an airplane ride. $45 per person for a helicopter ride if two people go together. The helicopter pilot will not take a single person alone unless there is nobody else waiting for a ride. If he does take a single, their cost will be $60. The airplane and helicopter rides will be coordinated by FLAPS.
In addition to the Pancake Breakfast and the airplane and helicopter rides, Aviation Author Ace Abbott will be conducting a book signing for his new book entitled: DEAD TIRED, PILOT FATIGUE—AVIATION’S INSIDIOUS KILLER by aviation author Ace Abbott
Tired pilots crash airplanes at a much higher rate than well-rested pilots. Ace Abbott, author of The Rogue Aviator, recently released his second book, Dead Tired: Pilot Fatigue-Aviation’s Insidious Killer. He also has now released his website www.deadtiredpilots.com, where one can garner information about the book and read excerpts. This scathing expose’ of the FAA’s failure to act regarding the cockpit fatigue issue throws light on how this powerful agency can be undermined by special interests.
Do Cargo Pilots need To Be Well-Rested? The answer from the FAA is a glaring no! This determination was a result of the over-riding power of cost-effectiveness, or as the Harvard Business School will euphemistically state, “Maximum utilization of human resources.” After 50 years of obsolete, fatigue-inducing government approved 16 hour work days for pilots, the FAA finally—with the impetus of an angry Congress—steps forward with some rule changes that will reduce pilot fatigue in the cockpit. However, as a result of monetary considerations they exempted cargo pilots from the new rules. This policy is being challenged by the cargo pilots. IPA, the UPS union has filed lawsuits.
The Continental Flight 3407 fatal accident in Buffalo, N.Y. is the focal point of this book’s primary theme that politics and money will override good judgment in aviation policy-making. Deadly aircraft accidents with tired pilots in the cockpit have been an offshoot of the politics of profit. The important role played by a group referred to as The Friends of Continental Flight 3407, is presented. This group’s aggressive activism was paramount in the Congress-mandated regulations for decreased workloads for commercial pilots. An in-depth discussion of the politics of flight and duty time rules for commercial aviation is a major theme of this book.
Pilot Fatigue Speech at the Oshkosh Air Show: During his recent stint as a featured author at the Oshkosh Air Show, Ace Abbott took time from his Author’s Corner book signing duties to deliver a speech on the front-and-center issue of pilot fatigue. His speech was well-received and he will continue to address aviation groups and present seminars on this very important element of aviation safety.
Dead Tired Is Relevant for All Drivers: Although the book is directed at the aviation community, the non-pilot can also glean information on the subject of fatigue countermeasures that would benefit tired auto or truck drivers. The results of recent sleep deprivation studies are presented in this book—knowledge that could prevent sleep-deprivation accidents in non-aviation environments. Information about all aspects of fatigue (sleep deprivation) and useful antidotes is presented in Dead Tired.
Author Bio: Ace Abbott (pen name) was born and raised on a hardscrabble farm in the Finger Lakes area of Upstate NY. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1965. He served as an F-4 Phantom pilot in the Far East and returned to the civilian world in 1971. He then flew corporate/charter Learjets until 1979 and after a short stint as a G-159 (turboprop) pilot he transitioned to the Boeing 727 aircraft. He accumulated nearly 11,000 hours as a 727 Captain while visiting 44 countries, until he reached the FAA mandated retirement age (60) in 2002.
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