For business jets operating in potentially hostile areas, Sweden’s Saab might soon offer some protection. The company’s Avitronics division is hoping to receive EASA certification within the next eight months for its Civil Aircraft Missile Protection System (Camps). The company claims the defense system–based on countermeasures already in use on military aircraft–is the only such European system for civil aircraft.
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The FAA released on November 8 a new fact sheet, “Safer Flying in Icing Conditions,” to warn operators that aircraft icing is a “continuing concern in all parts of aviation, from small airplanes to jumbo jets.” To combat icing-related accidents, the FAA is employing a multi-pronged approach to icing issues, using immediate safety actions and longer-term rule changes.
The NTSB on November 8 updated its “Most Wanted” list of 44 “critical” safety improvements and graded the FAA’s progress as “unacceptable” in all areas except that of fuel-air tank vapors.
The FAA said last month that it exceeded its goal for reducing the “most serious” runway incursions by 25 percent in FY07, which ended September 30. According to the agency, there were 24 serious runway incursions this past year out of more than 61 million operations, or one for every 2.545 million operations, exceeding the agency’s goal of no more than one incursion for every two million surface movements.
The FAA has issued a new Advisory Circular (91-79) that addresses runway overruns during landing. Overruns occur at the rate of about 10 incidents or accidents per year, and most can be attributed to non-adherence to standard operating procedures, according to FAA and NTSB statistics. AC 91-79 recommends that Part 91, 91 Subpart K, 125 and 135 operators incorporate the risk-mitigation strategies in their operations manuals.
For those toiling for oil on the roiling North Sea, the stormy nature of that piece of water keeps the possibility of rescue constantly in mind. Traditionally that role has been filled by stationing formidably equipped rescue boats called emergency response and rescue vessels (ERRV) with each group of oil platforms.
Eclipse Aviation has released more information about its planned flight operational quality assurance (FOQA) program, which the FAA recently approved. The company has not revealed the regulatory basis of the approval. The FOQA program will gather data from Eclipse 500s for analysis by Austin Digital, a software company that works with many FOQA equipment manufacturers and airlines.
In response to mounting public and congressional pressure, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin reversed course and announced last month that his agency would release the results from the National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service (NAOMS) project, an $11.3 million aviation safety survey. Between April 2001 and December 2004, the project team surveyed some 24,000 airline pilots and 5,000 general aviation pilots.
The FAA issued Advisory Circular 91-79 for pilots and operators of turbine-powered airplanes to identify, understand and mitigate risks associated with runway overruns during landing. According to FAA and NTSB data, runway overruns during landing account for about 10 incidents or accidents every year, with many accidents resulting in fatalities.