RACCA applauds Congressional legislators for pilot safety initiatives

The Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) has applauded efforts by Congressional legislators moving to expand training options for pilots to improve safety and address the crisis facing small- and medium-sized communities and airlines resulting from the growing pilot shortage.

The move comes as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization legislation following new training requirements which were imposed by the FAA in the wake of both regional and large carrier accidents to improve pilot capabilities during unusual flight regimes.

“This is progress toward enhancing safety while addressing the pilot shortage which threatens the $121 billion in economic activity small- and medium-sized communities brings to local economies,” commented RACCA’s President, Stan Bernstein. “These communities have largely been ignored in the debate and it is heartening to know they are now being considered by legislators. The suggestions by Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Sam Graves (R-MO) shows this is a bipartisan effort to save community air service while preserving aviation safety.”

Thune offered an amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill, passed by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, to expand the credit for pilot training beyond the college and military arena toward the 1,500 hours they need to take the right seat of a commercial aircraft.

“The amendment would allow prospective pilots to receive credit toward flight-hour requirements if taking structured and disciplined training courses, if completion of those training courses will enhance safety more than unstructured accumulation of flight hours,” explained Thune.

RACCA’s Chair, Tim Komberec, added, “During the recent World Training Conference, chief pilots and airlines from legacy carriers to cargo operators reported on the deterioration of pilot skills that happens during the time between college graduation and being hired by an airline. This confirms concerns the industry has been raising for years that the 1,500-hour rule actually has had a negative impact on safety.

“Across the board these aviation professionals expressed deep concerns about the pilot shortage and how it will affect their hiring and their operations. We have to have new solutions that provide high-quality pilot training and hours building. These legislative moves show not only how important the issue is but how communities have been impacted,” Komberec concluded.

Representative Graves offered a similar amendment to Thune in the House reauthorization bill and DeFazio asked whether questions raised by the Colgan accident that prompted the so-called 1,500-hour rule were on point, since both pilots in that accident had many more hours than that required by the rule.

“There are people who have enough hours but who are incompetent,” said DeFazio in a Politico report. “So, I think, at some point, we’ve got to take a really hard look at how we are testing and quantify real capabilities in terms of flying as opposed to just hours because, you know, someone can just go up and circle around in a plane and get hours.”

DeFazio stopped short of having Congress take on the task of dictating the definition of good training and called for an FAA review of training that assures a pilot is competent beyond simply hours. Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board have rejected minimum hours as an appropriate metric for determining the skill of a pilot.

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Air Cargo Carriers wants to Meet You at the 2017 EAA AIRVENTURE Oshkosh, Wisconsin!

Meet Air Cargo Carriers at Booth #C21

Meet Air Cargo Carriers at Booth #C21

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Air Cargo Carriers Attends Women In Aviation 2017 Annual Conference

Interviewing a Potential First Officer

The 2017 Women in Aviation Conference held in Lake Buena Vista, FL in March was another first for Air Cargo Carriers.

In attendance as an Exhibitor, Air Cargo Carriers was among approximately 4,500 attendees along with some of the brightest students, who were Scholarship winners, to the Inspiring WASP Hall of Fame Inductees.

Over the course of the 4 day event, we talk with over 200 visitors to our Exhibit Booth each day about Who Air Cargo Carriers Is and Why Air Cargo Carriers Is a Career Option. Chief Pilot Luke McGrath held multiple In Person Interviews for eager job seekers and our team was also able to network with industry peers.


Interviewing a Potential First Officer

Chief Pilot Luke McGrath interviews a candidate

The next Career Event/ Industry Expo Air Cargo Carriers is scheduled to exhibit at is the 2017 EAA Fly In at Oshkosh, WI, July 24 – 30, 2017.

Know anyone that will be attending and/or looking for work in Aviation… send them over to Booth C21 to say “HI”; we would love to meet them!

Happy Memorial Day!

Air Cargo Carriers LLC Wishes All A Happy Memorial Day!

Honor the Brave Memorial Day 2017

Air Cargo Carriers, LLC. on May 26th, 2017

Monday, May 29th 2017 is Memorial Day.  Here are some interesting facts about this Federal Holiday!

How did the Memorial Day Holiday Originate?
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.
By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. (Source: Wikipedia)
What does the Poppy Stand For?  
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie…

In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.”

Poem by John McCrea

Remembrance Poppy

 Canadian Remembrance Poppy

Some Other Interesting Memorial Day Facts: 

On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.  (Source:  Wikipedia)
Air Cargo Carriers, LLC Wishes All A Happy Memorial Day!

May 26th, 2017

ACC Purchases Another 2 Shorts 360’s

ACC Purchases another 2 Shorts 360’s. One will be delivered to our Puenta Gorda, FL (KPGD) maintenance base and the other will be flown to our primary base in Milwaukee, WI (KMKE).  Both aircrafts will be gone over from tip to tail and will be ready for service in 45 days. If you are in need of additional lift, short or long term please contact us here.

EAA AirVenture 2016

2016 was our 1st year attending EAA as an exhibitor, in the Education/Career Center. We didn’t know what was in store for us at an event that gathered over 500,000 attendees. All I can say is “outstanding”! It was a huge success, meeting people from all walks of life around the globe. New employees, contacts and old friends were made and met. If you didn’t happen to stop by plan on it for 2017.

The lucky winner of the DHL B767 die cast model was B. LeBaron, an inspiring pilot from Utah. Congratulations and we cannot wait until the day you show up to ground school.

A special thanks goes out to our team managing the booth.

Pictured – Jamie, Omar, Luke & Brian.


ACC Starts New Routes Effective August 14th

ACC starts a new route effective August 14. We will be flying from New Orleans, LA (MSY) to Houston, TX (IAH) as feeder for DHL.

The “ACC Pilot Evolution” is Complete

The “ACC Pilot Evolution” is complete. Start a career here! If your journey involves higher education, fly and earn your degree. Complete your (A.S.) in Aviation Science or Aviation Management while obtaining your certificates and ratings. Complete all of this at a quarter of the cost from the largest Colleges. While meeting minimum standards set forth and completing the program you will have a position as First Officer at ACC. In a little over a year, upgrade to Captain and obtain your 1000 hours PIC, multi-engine, Transport Category Aircraft time. In two years with 1000 hours PIC time “Evolve” to Omni Air International.

For further information email pilot.hiring@aircar.com, or visit our Career Page for open jobs!


Omni Air International

It is with GREAT excitement that I can pass along some excellent news to you today! As some of you may know I have been working since August of 2015 to try and create a pathway program with a larger airline for you to move on to from ACC. I am pleased to tell you that as of today Omni Air International has agreed to partner up an agreement with us that will provide you with a guaranteed interview with Omni


PRO Pilot Training Flight Course

ACC, Westfield Flight Academy and Dutchess Community Collage form a PRO pilot flight training course. Combined with your higher education, obtaining your flight certificates, prospective career pilots will have a path to full time to full time employment with ACC.