Richard Swindell

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Richard Swindell left active-duty military service and transitioned to the airline industry where he flies and works as a line check airman for a major airline. Richard Swindell is part owner of VATH Publishing and is co-author of The Airline Transition Manual. He holds CFI, CFII and MEI certificates along with an ATP with type ratings in the Canadair CL-65, Boeing 737, 757, 767 and Airbus 320. For over a decade Captain Swindell volunteered extensively with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), serving in multiple capacities including the national Professional Development Group Chairman, working to advance membership benefits, provide aviation educational outreach, assist veterans transitioning to airline flying, delivering union leadership training, and assisting with the furloughed pilot support network. On his days off from flying, Dr. Swindell has spent many years teaching in the Department of Aviation Technology at Indiana State University, as well as the College of Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Worldwide. He currently runs an aviation safety consulting company and guest lectures in areas such as leadership in volunteer organizations, the labor-management relationship, safety management systems in aviation, and the air transportation industry.

Disaster on the Road – Part 5

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From tornadoes to floods, power outages to break-ins, wildfires and other general mayhem, things will occur while you are out flying. Having contacts, a...

The Actual Tragedy of Flight 2059

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An opinion on mental health in professional aviation Welcome to the end of 2023 and a discussion revolving around the recent alleged hijacking of Horizon...

Searching for Safety in the Airline Industry

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Data mining the operation, Part 5 In the initial installment of this safety data-mining series, we talked about required safety and occurrence reports, then moved...

Searching for Safety in the Airline Industry

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Part 4 – Data mining the operation  I hope that the previous data-mining articles cemented the concept of voluntary safety reporting as a function of organizational trust necessary for...

Searching for Safety in the Airline Industry

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Data Mining the Operation, Part 3 Picking up where we left off last month in our review of voluntary safety reporting programs, we are continuing this month...

Searching for Safety in the Airline Industry – Part Two

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Last month we talked about safety incident reports required by regulatory agencies as well as air transport companies for pilots and other aviation professionals to submit...

Searching for Safety in the Airline Industry

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Data mining the operation, Part 1 of 5 In 1908, the Wright Brothers were working to secure flight-training contracts and sell their Wright Flyer to...

Laboring to Understand Unions, Part 4

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How are unions structured? Hello and welcome to the concluding article for this overview series on unions – what they are, what they do, and...

Laboring to Understand Unions, Part 3

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What do I get for my union dues? Welcome back. Last month, we left off with the process for airline pilot contract negotiations (collective bargaining)...

Laboring to Understand Unions, Part 2

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Where do unions come from?  Greetings and welcome back to this series on organized labor in the airline industry. Building off my previous article about...

Aero Crew News 2024 Photo Contest Winners

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Grand Prize Winner Enduring the Storm: C-118 Stands Strong - Todd K. McGuire Air Force Base boasts numerous iconic static exhibits, among them the C-118, a...

Southwest Airlines to Seek Dot Approval for Daily Nonstop Service Between...

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DALLAS /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines Co. will apply to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for new, daily nonstop service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and...