quarta-feira, 25 de janeiro de 2017

Surprising development: Excel Aire receives highest safety rating

ExcelAire on Jan. 25, announced it has again achieved the highest level of safety designations, including ARG/US Platinum and Wyvern Wingman. In addition, ExcelAire renewed its International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage 2 certification and is working towards Stage 3.

ExcelAire is among the four percent of aircraft operators that have earned an AR/GUS Platinum Safety Rating, a designation that ExcelAire has achieved since 2012. ARG/US Platinum status is awarded only to those private jet operators who meet the industry's highest standards and have demonstrated successful implementation of industry best safety practices for operations and maintenance.

In addition to the Platinum rating by ARG/US, ExcelAire has taken the necessary steps to go above and beyond the requirements for aircraft safety and maintenance and achieve Wyvern Wingman status for the 17th consecutive year. With this designation, ExcelAire is one of a few operators who maintain transparent safety data in the online database and successfully pass a rigorous Wingman Standard Audit every two years.

"At ExcelAire, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety and excellence in the industry," said John Reese, director of safety, security and standards for ExcelAire. "Our customers have the added assurance of the ARG/US Platinum, Wyvern Wingman and IS-BAO independent third party audits, further validating our high levels of excellence in operations, maintenance and safety."

He added, "We are also the first of 10 eligible operators in our region to become an active applicant for the FAA's Safety Management System Voluntary Program (SMSVP). Our aggressive pursuit of full safety compliance with this new FAA standard puts us at the forefront of the aviation safety community. We expected to be fully compliant with the FAA SMSVP by late 2017."

sábado, 1 de outubro de 2016

Air Force expelled flight controllers for mutiny during air chaos

09/29/2016 19:20

The controllers' mutiny

Air Force expelled flight controllers for mutiny during air chaos

Walter Nunes
Fabrício Lobel
From São Paulo

The Air Force expelled seven flight controllers for participating in a mutiny in 2007, during the country's "air chaos", when the class organized a “work-to-rule” protest that resulted in delays, flight cancellations and huge queues at airports. The decision on expulsion was published in the "Official Gazette" of the Union on September 19 of this year. This Thursday (Sept.29) marks the tenth anniversary of Gol Boeing 737 accident that killed 154 people and started one of most troubled periods in Brazilian aviation.

The Curitiba Flight controllers had been convicted in 2010 for refusing to work on March 30, 2007, when they crossed their arms to protest failures in the national aviation system and exhausting working hours.

The penalty was converted to probation, and expulsion from the Air Force was, at the time, just an accessory to the sentence. The case was classified as a mutiny by the Air Force, and the indictment was accepted by the Military Tribunal and the Supreme Court.

[Photo: Amazon flight controllers on hunger strike in protest exhaustive working hours and lack of career plan. Credit:30.mar.2007 / A Critica]

Among those convicted in Curitiba is Dinarte Bichels who, according to his defense, was about to retire and go into the reserves. A month ago, Bichels was still working as a flight controller in Curitiba, with the rank of first sergeant. He had been in the Air Force for about 30 years.

For Gustavo Bitencourt, Bichels's lawyer, during the controllers' protest there was a promise by the federal government that the class would not be punished. The promise, he said, was not kept. "There was no violence, no insubordination. There was a movement for improvements in the aviation system," he says. "The controllers didn't have adequate working conditions. Four of them had psychological reports that said they were shaken," he says.

The lawyer said his client had no involvement in the movement and was in the air traffic control center in Curitiba for 15 minutes to accompany the local commander. The Air Force says that the removal of the controllers is justified, since they were convicted of mutiny, a military crime. An appeal came to be examined by the Supreme Court, but was denied, upholding the conviction.


Since the Gol crash in September 2006, controllers have had their procedures investigated. In response, in the category (for the most part, military) reported working with outdated software and equipment. Another complaint was that the workload was exhaustive and not compatible with the job's responsibility.

The controllers the adopted the work-to-rule operation, which caused delays, flight cancellations and rising costs to airlines. Huge queues at airports were formed almost daily.

The crisis worsened until, on March 30, the controllers issued a manifesto to the press and the federal government. They criticized the infrastructure of the air traffic control system and the rigidity of the military hierarchy. "We do not trust our equipment and do not trust our commanders," read the manifesto. The controllers demanded the demilitarization of the sector and the improvement of the work infrastructure.

That night, the flight controllers in Manaus, Brasilia and Curitiba crossed their arms asking for better working conditions. The control centers in these three cities are responsible for airspace virtually all the country except the Northeast. Thus, almost all flights that night were suspended in Brazil.

The then President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva intervened and negotiated with the controllers. The deal caused malaise between the federal government and the Air Force, which went so far as to announce it would hand over control of civil airspace in the country. With promises of improvements, the controllers returned to work. Still, a legal proceeding in the military justice system was initiated against those who mutinied in the three cities.

In the case of Curitiba, the controllers served the sentence in liberty, but as a consequence of conviction, were expelled from the Air Force. The proceeding are still ongoing in Manaus and Brasilia.


The promise of demilitarization of the sector has not happened. Some of the controllers criticized that the military regime (requiring the permanent availability to work), is not compatible with activity as a flight controller, which would require scheduled rest.

This month, the new Air Force commandant announced that he wants to create a state company of civil and military character for control of the Brazilian airspace. The idea is that the company would have its own budget. Currently, much of what is received by the Air Force for providing air traffic control service is impounded by the federal government.

The Air Force is responsible for coordinating and maintaining the air control structure and has 4,230 controllers (80% military). Ten years ago, there were 2,824 controllers. The increase was due to the training of more military personnel for the function and holding civil service exams. Today, a military controller begind earning R$ 3,267.00 a month. Speaking to the Folha, the commander of one of the country's airspace control centers admitted that he "cannot pay the controllers the salary he'd like to pay." According to him, for this to happen, the Air Force budget would have to be bigger.

The demand for improvements in infrastructure have improved (sic) since the mutiny, although the sector still presents bottlenecks.

quinta-feira, 29 de setembro de 2016

Acidente com avião da Gol que matou 154 pessoas completa 10 anos

Acidente com avião da Gol que matou 154 pessoas completa 10 anos

Aeronave caiu numa região de mata fechada em Mato Grosso em 2006.
Boeing se chocou no ar com um jato que seguia para os Estados Unidos.

Um dos piores acidentes aéreos da história do Brasil completa 10 anos nesta quinta-feira. No dia 29 de setembro de 2006, um boeing da Gol bateu em um jato Legacy no ar e caiu, na região de Peixoto de Azevedo, a 692 km ao Norte de Cuiabá. As 154 pessoas que estavam a bordo, entre tripulantes e passageiros, morreram na queda.

O avião fazia o voo 1907 e havia saído de Manaus, faria escala em Brasília, e teria como destino final a cidade do Rio de Janeiro. Os ocupantes do jato, que seguia para os Estados Unidos quando bateu no boeing, conseguiu pousar na Serra do Cachimbo, no Pará. As sete pessoas a bordo saíram ilesas.
Os pilotos americanos do Legacy, Joseph Lepore e Jean Paul Paladino, foram condenados pela Justiça federal em Sinop a três anos, um mês e 10 dias de prisão em regime aberto por terem causado o acidente, mas ainda não começaram a cumprir a pena - que poderá ser cumprida onde os réus escolherem. Os dois ainda não foram notificados da determinação.

10 years ago - faz 10 anos


Acidente da Gol faz 10 anos; pilotos do Legacy seguem livres
29 SET 2016 07h54
Dez anos depois do acidente aéreo que provocou a morte de 154 pessoas, os dois pilotos condenados ainda não foram presos. Os norte-americanos Joseph Lepore e Jean Paul Paladino, que pilotavam o jato Legacy que se chocou com o boeing da Gol, foram condenados a reclusão de três anos, um mês e dez dias em regime aberto, mas ainda não foram notificados da sentença.

domingo, 25 de outubro de 2015

Brazil sentence final for Legacy midair pilots

Brazil Sentence Final for Legacy Midair Pilots

Brazil's Supreme Court recently upheld the conviction of U.S. pilots Joe Lepore and Jan Paul Paladino in the September 2006 midair over the Amazon that brought down a Gol Linhas Aéreas 737 with 154 people aboard. Under a legal cooperation treaty, the sentence of three years, one month and 10 days would be served in the U.S.

Brazilian sentences of less than four years are served in an "open regime," similar to a halfway house or, if unavailable, a less restrictive alternative such as probation. Equally, speculation in the press about extradition to Brazil is unfounded, as there is ample precedent to ensure that the sentence would be served in the U.S.

The federal trial court in Sinop, Mato Grosso, had imposed an alternative penalty of suspension of the pilots' airman certificates, highlighted in Brazilian press coverage of the recent final ruling. However, legal sources close to the case told AIN that since appeals courts had rejected alternative penalties, license suspension is not part of the sentence. In addition, the FAA declined to enforce a similar administrative decision by its Brazilian equivalent, ANAC.

Two air traffic controllers who failed to avert the collision received lighter sentences in Brazil's federal and military courts. Despite a request from the Sinop judge for indictment of the controller who issued the clearance that put the Legacy on a collision course, prosecutors failed to move against him.


segunda-feira, 19 de outubro de 2015

Pilotos do jato Legacy deverão cumprir pena de mais de três anos

Pilotos do jato Legacy deverão cumprir pena de mais de três anos
Os pilotos Joseph Lepore e Jan Paul Paladino, que pilotavam o jato Legacy que bateu com um avião da Gol há 9 anos, matando 154 pessoas, terão que cumprir a pena de prisão de três anos, um mês e dez dias em regime aberto. O processo transitou em julgado no Supremo Tribunal Federal (STF), ou seja, não há mais como recorrer da decisão. O acidente aéreo ocorreu em setembro de 2006. A aeronave caiu numa região de mata do município de Peixoto de Azevedo, a 692 km de Cuiabá. O avião fazia o voo 1907.

O G1 entrou em contato com o escritório dos advogados de Lepore e Paladino, mas não teve resposta até a publicação desta matéria. Lepore e Paladino estão atualmente nos Estados Unidos.

O processo agora deve ser encaminhado para a Justiça Federal em Sinop, distante 503 km de Cuiabá, e na sequência, traduzido e enviado para a Justiça norte-americana.

Lepore e Paladino foram condenados em 2011 pela Justiça Federal em Sinop a 4 anos e 4 meses de prisão pelo crime de atentado contra a segurança do transporte aéreo, no regime semiaberto. Em 2012, o Tribunal Regional Federal da 1ª Região (TRF-1) reduziu a punição para 3 anos, 1 mês e 10 dias, no regime aberto. Mas, rejeitou pedido da defesa para converter a pena em restrição de direitos.

Em dezembro de 2013, a ministra Laurita Vaz, do STJ (Superior Tribunal de Justiça), reduziu ainda mais a pena, dessa vez para 2 anos e 4 meses de detenção. No entanto, depois a decisão individual da ministra, que era relatora do caso, foi suspensa. Então, a magistrada decidiu manter a pena fixada pelo TRF-1.

"Pena irrisória"

Rosane Gutjahr, diretora da Associação de Familiares e Amigos das Vítimas do Voo 1907, disse considerar a sentença um tanto quanto branda para a gravidade do caso. "Três anos, um mês e dez dias não é nada para quem matou comprovadamente 154 pessoas", declarou ao G1. Ela é viúva do empresário Rolf Gutjarh, que morreu aos 50 anos no voo da Gol.

Entretanto, Rosane se disse satisfeita em saber que agora os dois pilotos foram, nas palavras dela, "oficialmente reconhecidos como culpados". "Não chega a ser um sentimento de alegria. É um sentimento de satisfação em ver que um pouquinho, em termos de Justiça, está sendo feito", disse.

"Mas a pena é irrisória, levando em conta que eles deverão cumprir nos Estados Unidos e, que se tiverem bom comportamento, só vão pagar metade dela", afirmou.

A associação tenta agora fazer com que os dois pilotos sejam proibidos de voar em qualquer espaço aéreo do planeta. Rosane informou que a condenação prevê que os pilotos percam a licença para voar enquanto estiverem cumprindo a pena de três anos.

Administrativamente, os pilotos já foram condenados em última instância pela Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (Anac) e pelo Departamento de Controle do Espaço Aéreo (Decea), vinculado ao Ministério da Defesa, disse Rosane. Por essa razão, deveriam perder o brevê de pilotos. A decisão é de 2011, mas Lepore e Paladino continuam exercendo a profissão.





Brazil’s top court rejects US pilots’ appeal in 2006 crash

Brazil’s top court rejects US pilots’ appeal in 2006 crash
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SAO PAULO — Brazil’s Supreme Court has rejected two U.S. pilots’ appeal of their conviction and prison sentence for their role in a 2006 midair jet collision over the Amazon that killed 154 people.
The ruling late Thursday ordered pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino to return to Brazil from the United States, where they have been since a few months after the crash, to serve sentences of a little over three years.

The U.S. Embassy did not respond to questions on whether Brazilian officials had formally requested the extradition of the two Americans. Emailed and telephoned requests for comment went unanswered by Brazil’s Justice Ministry, through which any official extradition request would flow.
The men’s lawyer in Brazil also did not respond to requests for comment on the ruling. The pilots’ trial and appeal were both held in absentia.

Maristela Basso, who teaches international law at the University of Sao Paulo, said that although the two nations have an extradition treaty, she has never seen an American extradited to Brazil after being convicted in a Brazilian court.
“But there are cases of Americans sentenced in Brazil who have done the jail time in the U.S.,” she added.

Lepore and Paladino were piloting an Embraer Legacy jet when it collided with a Boeing 737 operated by Brazilian airline Gol. The business jet landed safely but the passenger plane plunged into the jungle in the remote north of Mato Grosso state, killing all aboard.

The two pilots were accused of flying at the wrong altitude and failing to turn on the aircraft’s anti-collision system. They denied wrongdoing and said their anti-collision system was never turned off.

A representative of the victims’ families said the court’s decision brought some sense of closure.
“The penalty is very mild, but we have a feeling that somehow justice was served,” Rosane Gutjahr said.

“Now there is some relief for us all,” she added.