During a press conference this afternoon, soon-to-be-acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell and Vincent Capezzuto, the agency’s surveillance and broadcast services program manager, announced that ITT has been awarded the $1.8 billion contract (including options) to develop automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B).
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The good news about the proliferation of new high-altitude airplanes–turbocharged piston or turbine–is that they offer users the chance to experience the increased efficiency of an engine that likes flying where the air is thin.
Flight operational quality assurance (FOQA) programs are finally seeing application in business aviation, and in early February the Altria flight department revealed that it has been working with the Flight Safety Foundation in developing a FOQA demonstration program.
The Alerts (aircraft logging and event recording for training and safety) system, designed jointly by Appareo Systems and Bristow Group subsidiary Air Logistics, is now STC certified. Alerts, which is currently certified only for the Bell 206 and 407, consists of a lightweight inertial sensor suite and a recorder capable of storing more than 100 hours of flight data. It also includes a 3-D graphic flight replay software system.
A spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Labor said the agency would need until at least the middle of next month to finish its investigation into the July 31 death of an American Eagle fleet service clerk at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). The accident, which occurred on the RDU ramp between 8:30 and 9 p.m., involved a parked Embraer regional jet and a baggage tug driven by the deceased, 43-year-old Lufuluabo Kalonji.
Six professional engineering societies jointly presented the Elmer A. Sperry Award to the developers of the EMAS (engineered material arresting system), which helps prevent injury after runway overruns by stopping speeding aircraft in beds of specially engineered porous concrete. EMAS beds are typically used where normal runway safety areas are not available due to space constraints.
The emergency-planning division of charter operator and broker Air Partner International swung into action to rescue clients from Hurricane Dean’s destructive force. The London-based operation implemented evacuation plans that marshaled Gulfstream IVs, Airbus A320s, Boeing 737s and Saab 340s chartered at short notice to fly customers away from locations threatened by the huge storm.
The FAA this week released a new Information for Operators dealing with risk assessment, and specifically how it relates to a safety-management system. The tool discusses the various risks associated with a flight, how to handle them and what may be considered an acceptable risk.
In the first half of this year business jet accidents decreased 31 percent from the same period last year, but fatal accidents were up from two to five, according to numbers released last month by Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. As a result, business jet-related fatalities were up from six in the first half of last year to 14 in the first half of this year.
ARG/US is offering safety training to round out its portfolio of safety-related services. Three courses are available: safety manager training, a three-day course on how to run a safety-management system; on-scene investigation, a three-day course designed to teach operators how to handle accidents effectively; and an aviation auditing course designed to teach the skills necessary to conduct effective internal audits.