Just days before the stranglehold of U.S. government budget sequestration was set to douse the lights at the first 24 contract control towers this week, the FAA last Friday issued a temporary reprieve to any closures until June 15. The agency said it needs more time to address the mounting legal actions the imminent closings have triggered.
AINsafety » April 8, 2013
In the first quarter of this year, seven people died in two fatal accidents involving Part 91-operated U.S.-registered business jets compared with 14 fatalities in three Part 91 business jet accidents in the first quarter of last year, according to preliminary data gathered from various AIN sources. Both of the fatal U.S. business jet accidents in the first quarter befell privately operated Hawker Beechcraft Premier Is.
Pilots and flight attendants can now learn how to deal with fire and smoke in aircraft using a new training rig installed by TAG Global Training at the group’s London-area Farnborough Airport. The device represents a business jet cabin, including galley and lavatory, and can start controlled fires in a seat, the in-flight entertainment unit, the toilet or the microwave oven. The automated system, with pre-set training options, can also fill the cabin with realistic-looking smoke.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) recently identified 100 safety risks across its aviation, marine and rail areas of responsibility, 36 of which relate to transport-category aviation. The ATSB report covers the period July 2009 through June 2012. Most risks were operationally focused within the aircraft itself, with a much smaller percentage related to ATC.
Air transport risks in 2011and 2012 also outweighed those identified as related to general aviation by three to one. Only five investigations, however, were categorized as complex (serious).
The FAA has certified four new SafeRoute flight-deck applications on a US Airways A330 designed to provide “enhanced operational safety,” as it integrates with the agency’s NextGen system. The airline partnered with ACSS, an L-3 Communications/Thales joint venture, and Eurocontrol to complete the installation.
NetJets has become the first combined 14 CFR 135/91K operator to achieve Level IV of the FAA’s Safety Management System Pilot Program. The March 27 certification provides a four-level system acknowledging development of a formal SMS in accordance with both FAA and international standards. The program is designed to guide operators in developing and implementing an integrated, comprehensive safety management system for their organization and required the U.S.-based operator to conduct thousands of hours of additional safety training for all employees.
Just in time to help prepare pilots for the closure of dozens of control towers across the U.S., the instructors at Pilot Workshop have released a series of videos offering pointers about operational issues at non-towered airports such as mixing various types of aircraft in the traffic pattern or how to fit in the flow with aircraft that may not be radio equipped.
CAE and the Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA) have announced an opportunity for some lucky pilot or maintenance technician residing in Southern California to win a pilot type rating or a maintenance training qualification for the Citation CJ.
This year’s keynote speaker at the 3rd annual Tampa Bay Aviation Association (TBAA) Safety Standdown is US Airways flight attendant Doreen Welsh, one of the cabin crew aboard Flight 1549 when it ditched in the frigid waters of the Hudson River in January 2009. Other presentations at the April 17 event will cover human factors and loss of control, as well as an introduction to the Tampa International Airport aircraft firefighting and rescue team. The event begins at 7:45 a.m.
The NTSB will meet in its Washington, D.C., conference center on Tuesday, April 9, to begin the process of determining the probable cause of an August 2011 helicopter accident. The incident involved a Eurocopter AS350B2 that crashed near the Midwest National Air Center in Mosby, Mo. The pilot, flight nurse, flight paramedic and patient were killed and the helicopter was destroyed.