This year’s first quarter was the deadliest for U.S.-registered business jets since 15 people were killed in four accidents in the first quarter of 2008. According to statistics gathered by AIN, in the first three months of this year 14 people were killed in three accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets.
AINsafety » April 16, 2012
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a separation error between two Airbus A330s on March 30 in the far-northwest corner of the continent.
Last year’s crash of a modified North American P-51 Mustang, into a crowd of spectators at the Reno National Championship Air Races, claimed the lives of 11 people including the pilot. The aircraft struck the box-seat stands at the south end of the course where 66 more people suffered serious injuries.
Emirates Airlines has offered a unique proposal to the British CAA that might allow the carrier to land its A380s at London Heathrow Airport in the middle of the night, when traffic levels are minimal. The plan would require the giant aircraft to use much steeper approaches than normal and land farther down the runway, past the traditional touchdown zone.
Africa has been training pilots and other aviation professionals for decades, but never in large enough numbers to meet stringent international certification requirements for its own burgeoning aviation industry.
The European Aviation Safety Agency last week postponed the highly anticipated April 9 deadline for implementation of rules regarding Safety Management Systems, which would cover flight operations in the European Union of aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds. The agency said work yet to be completed did not allow it to meet last week’s initial date.
Each year Argus Pro compares a number of private and commercial operators’ compliance with ISBAO Safety Management System standards to better understand overall SMS effectiveness.
Gulfstream Aerospace appointed Thomas Huff last week to the newly created position of Aviation Safety Officer. A retired U.S. Naval Aviator with more than 25 years of experience, including chief test pilot for a variety of naval aircraft and weapons systems, Huff reports directly to company president Larry Flynn.
Russia’s aviation safety record has been, by all accounts, poor the past few years, with the number of fatal accidents per million flights nearly tripling in 2011 compared with 2010. A recent takeoff crash of a UTair ATR 72-200 from a Siberian airport killed 31 of 43 occupants.
Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) plans to close the current 5,200-foot south east-west runway (9R/27L) at 10 p.m. EDT on April 17, in preparation for construction of a new south runway.