Questions about the legality of the Learjet flight that cost Latin singer Jenni Rivera and six others their lives when it crashed December 9 began almost as quickly as the accident investigation itself. The 1969 Learjet 25–registered in the U.S. to Las Vegas-based Starwood Management as N345MC–crashed in a mountainous region 70 miles south of Monterrey, Mexico.
AINsafety » December 17, 2012
The European Aviation Safety Agency issued an emergency airworthiness directive December 4 for the angle of attack (AOA) probes of both the Airbus A330 and A340. The AD, which became effective December 6, results from an incident in which an A330 in the climb experienced a blockage of all AOA probes, leading to autopilot disconnection and activation of the alpha (angle of attack) protection system when Mach number increased.
The just released flight crewmember duty and rest requirements docket, which includes an extensive cost-benefit analysis, shows that the FAA still plans to exclude U.S. cargo pilots from the new rule, due to take effect Jan. 4, 2014. The agency said the cost of compliance is greater than it earlier believed.
A conference called Aviation Safety Culture, focused on establishing the highest levels of aviation safety across the Middle East, is scheduled for January 29 and 30 in Dubai. Organized under the auspices of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, the event is supported by Dubai Airports and Emirates Airline.
The FAA’s new order VS8000.367A–which aims to establish an SMS at the agency’s AVS (aviation safety) branch–defines the requirements for safety management systems (SMS) and is considered by the agency to be a comprehensive top-down resource for managing its risk programs. “The FAA is implementing an SMS to integrate the management of safety risk into business planning, operations and decision making to enhance safety for the flying public as well as strengthen the agency’s leadership role in the field,” said the order.
A Eurocopter BK117 operated as an emergency medical service (EMS) flight by Air Methods crashed into a farmer’s field near Compton, Ill., at about 8 p.m. on December 11. The three people on board–the pilot and two flight nurses–were killed. There were no patients on board at the time of the accident. The crash occurred shortly after the pilot radioed he was returning to base due to poor weather where light snow had been reported. The helicopter was registered to Rockford Memorial Hospital, located 90 miles northwest of Chicago.
In 1982, HBAcorp psychologist Dr. Beau Altman, along with Chrysler Pentastar captains Tony Adamski and Grady Lefler, flight attendant Judi Ketchum and military survival trainer Morgan Smith conceived the first cabin safety training program exclusively for business and corporate aviation. In 1998 Dr. Altman sold the company to Dr. Doug Mykol, who renamed AirCare Solutions Training as Facts, a name that has become almost synonymous with cabin safety training.
Qatar Airways’ private jet division, Qatar Executive, has received European Air Safety Agency Part 145 approval to provide maintenance and repair services for Bombardier business jets from its hub in Doha. Qatar Executive is already certified by Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority for similar work.
Indonesia’s deputy transport minister, Bambang Susantono, said he fully expects his country’s Garuda Indonesia airline to be certified by the FAA in 2013 to resume flying to the U.S. The minister’s remarks were published in the Jakarta Globe. Garuda has been banned from flying into the U.S. for nearly six years due to numerous safety issues. Europe lifted a similar ban against Garuda in 2010.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University published its 2013 schedule of safety courses. Three of the four week-long courses take place at the university’s Daytona Beach campus, while the fourth will be held at the Prescott, Ariz. facility. Topics include occupational safety and health and aviation ground safety; aviation safety program management; aircraft accident investigation and management; and an advanced accident management class.