Blue Lightning Initiative
The Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI), led by the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is an element of the DHS Blue Campaign. The BLI trains aviation industry personnel to identify potential traffickers and human trafficking victims, and to report their suspicions to federal law enforcement. To date, more than 100,000 personnel in the aviation industry have been trained through the BLI, and actionable tips continue to be reported to law enforcement.
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NACA Supports FAA-Industry Safety Summit/in Featured Posts, News/by Dan Stohr
In response to Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen’s call for a government-industry summit on aviation safety on February 14, 2023, NACA President and CEO George Novak issued the following statement:
NACA Commends Raising Mandatory Pilot Retirement Age in Omnibus/in Featured Posts, News/by Dan Stohr
NACA Announces New Member: Santa Claus Airlines/in Featured Posts, News/by Dan Stohr
The National Air Carrier Association (NACA) is pleased to announce that Santa Claus Airlines has joined NACA as its 22nd airline member. Santa Claus Airlines – call sign “HOHOHO” – is a single-aircraft, single pilot operation with more than 650 million individual customers on every continent. The airline provides service to more than 190 million points and delivers more than 635,000 tons of cargo … all in an annual single-day operation.
“The scope of their operations is almost unbelievable,” said NACA President and CEO George Novak. “Though NACA wouldn’t normally admit a member airline that isn’t based in the United States, Santa Claus Airlines represents the best NACA principles of demonstrated flight safety and exemplary customer service, with no registered complaints in more than 200 years of operations.”
Though the aircraft is of vintage manufacture, it has nine engines (make: Rangifer tarandus), nullifying the need for any ETOPS certification. NACA has offered to assist Santa Claus Airlines with the installation of advanced avionics, an updated Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) to ensure flight safety for its upcoming 2022 operations, as we understand that its current aircraft flight safety equipment consists of a single red anti-collision light on the nacelle of the lead engine – affectionately known as “Rudolph.”
When asked if NACA had any Christmas wishes from its new member, Novak said:
Interested parties may track this “almost unbelievable” cargo operation on December 24 at https://www.noradsanta.org/en/.