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110418 Atlanta: A pink April moon loomed over the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport control tower Monday, April, 18, 2011. New scheduling rules for air traffic controllers aimed at reducing fatigue on the job will be rolled out Monday, beginning in Atlanta. Randy Babbitt, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, will visit control tower staff at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and FAA control facilities in Fayette and Henry counties, to kick off a nationwide tour of briefings that will unveil the new guidelines for overnight staffing. Extending hours between shifts and restricting night-time schedule swapping are among the changes. The move comes as a fifth air traffic controller in a month was reported asleep on duty: this time early Saturday morning, during a midnight shift at a regional radar facility in Miami that monitors high-altitude flights. The Miami controller didn't miss any flight calls because there were more controllers on duty, but has been suspended, FAA officials said. “We expect controllers to come to work rested and ready to work and take personal responsibility for safety in the control towers; we have zero tolerance for sleeping on the job,” Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said Sunday in a statement. “Safety is our top priority and we will continue to make whatever changes are necessary.” Already, FAA administrator Randy Babbitt and LaHood had ordered additional air traffic controllers assigned to overnight shifts at 27 airports that operated around the clock with only one controller working late. This came after a controller fell asleep early Wednesday morning at the Ren0-Tahoe International Airport and missed guiding in a medical flight. The new scheduling rules have already been put in place and will be fully in effect by the end of the week. John Spink jspink@ajc.com

Travelers who fly to, from or through Atlanta have a new destination for news.

LEDE PHOTO - January 14, 2015 Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport: A Delta jet takes off on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has lost one of its two titles for world's busiest airport, with Chicago O'Hare taking the title for the most flights, according to year-end data from Flight Aware. Atlanta still carries millions more passengers, but for many years it held both titles. The decline in takeoffs and landings in Atlanta came as Delta Airlines retires regional jets and replaces them with larger planes, while Southwest Airlines cut back on AirTran flights here. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is launching a new blog called AJC@ATL with the latest air travel news for passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

You’ll find news on Delta, Southwest, Hartsfield-Jackson and other updates for local travelers. 

You can also sign up via RSS to get each new post sent straight to your inbox or reader to stay on top of Atlanta air travel news, real-time.

If you have tips or suggestions on what kind of news you’d like to see on this blog, e-mail me, Kelly Yamanouchi, at kyamanouchi@ajc.com.

I’ve been a reporter writing about aviation for 13 years, including seven years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering Delta Air Lines and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.


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