With fires in Colorado and Arizona consuming more than 500,000 acres of forest earlier this summer and other wildfires burning three million acres across the U.S. as of July 4, Evergreen Helicopters Inc. (EHI) of McMinnville, Ore., scrambled to keep crews in action to meet Forest Service and international fire-suppression needs.
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In the first half of this year, the U.S. business jet and turboprop fleet suffered 36 accidents, including seven fatal ones resulting in 19 passengers and crew members killed, according to Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. While this is an increase of only one in the total number of accidents, it is a major decline in fatalities vs the same period last year.
Recently released documents from the NTSB’s investigation into the crash of a Cessna Citation II (N550BP) that plunged into Lake Michigan on June 4 last year, killing all six people aboard, reveal that a control-wheel electrical cable had not been replaced, as per a 1992 Service Bulletin from the OEM.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) has already reviewed the 2007 preliminary aviation safety statistics released yesterday by the NTSB and found that the data reveals there were no fatal passenger-carrying accidents involving jets flown by on-demand air charter operators or fractional providers.
Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US) has released an audit recommendations report after finishing a review of its 2007 on-site safety audit results. The report, based on the findings of 67 audits completed over the past 15 months, examines both safety management systems and emergency response planning.
Statistically, if you want to avoid aircraft accidents, stay away from airports. Fortunately, at least for the runway-incursion portion of the problem, there’s a more practical option on the horizon from Amphitech International.
Since 1992 Medic’Air International of Paris has been providing medical assistance with air-ambulance flights and medical escorts on airlines worldwide. The company is an independent medical provider created by emergency physicians.
Most business jet operators haven’t even given a second thought to a medical emergency away from home base. If they have, chances are they shrugged it off thinking they’d simply get back home via the company aircraft.
About 85 pilots, mechanics and flight department personnel attended the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association’s second annual safety standdown, held last week at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Va. “I thought it was a huge success and improved on what we offered the previous year,” said corporate pilot and GWBAA safety and operations chairman Jim Lumley.
The FAA yesterday issued an Airworthiness Directive for all Bombardier Challenger business jets, as well as the derivative CRJ100 and 440 regional jets, that requires revising the aircraft flight manuals to modify the cold-weather operations limitations and include additional limitations and procedures. “This AD results from reports of uncommanded roll during takeoff,” the FAA said.