“War on Error” is the theme of the 2005 Safety Standdown seminar being held by Bombardier Learjet from October 25 through 27 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita. The objective of this annual three-day conference is to improve corporate aviation safety, and the topics covered are applicable to all business jets regardless of manufacturer.
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A 757 crew did not get the response they expected when they declared an “emergency” instead of “mayday.” According to an incident filed with NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System, the crew found that the word “emergency” didn’t get the desired results outside U.S. airspace. The crew diverted to an airport in South America and declared an emergency, but the non-English-speaking controllers didn’t recognize what that meant.
An FAA draft letter of interpretation seeks public comment by May 3 on the meaning of the term “known icing conditions,” used–but undefined–in the FARs.
Even though weather-related accidents are not frequent, they account for a large number of aviation fatalities. According to the NTSB, only 6 percent of general aviation accidents are weather-related but they account for more than 25 percent of all GA fatalities annually. NTSB investigators collected data from 72 GA accidents that occurred between August 2003 and April 2004.
The simultaneous dual flameout of a Garuda Indonesia Airlines 737 and its subsequent ditching on Jan. 16, 2002, has led the NTSB to issue two recommendations targeting FAA turbofan rain and hail ingestion engine certification standards. The CFM56-3-B1 engines failed when the aircraft flew through a thunderstorm and encountered “extremely heavy” precipitation and hail on the approach.
NTSB acting chairman Mark Rosenker said the FAA’s airport movement area safety system (AMASS) is not adequate to prevent serious runway collisions. Citing several recent near-collisions at Boston and New York airports where AMASS allegedly did not perform, Rosenker noted that the situations were instead resolved by flight crew actions sometimes bordering on the heroic–and luck.
“The MU-2B turboprop does not need yet another certification review,” according to AOPA. Reacting to congressional pressure, the FAA is “rushing to fix a problem that has not even been quantified.” The issue stems from two recent accidents involving MU-2Bs at Denver Centennial Airport. That led to a demand from Colorado lawmakers that the FAA investigate the safety of the twin turboprop.
A Circuit Court judge refused to grant a new trial to the family of the late Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan seeking punitive damages against Parker Hannifin. The judge said evidence was too weak to give to a jury, according to AOPA. The NTSB’s investigation into the crash of a Cessna 335 that killed Carnahan, his son and an aide on Oct. 16, 2000, found vacuum pumps made by Parker Hannifin were providing instruments with proper indications.
Deborah Hersman, sworn in last month as a member of the NTSB, has minimal aviation experience compared with the extensive background of John Goglia, the Safety Board member she replaced (see page 74). For the last five years and before joining
Commercial pilots with color-vision-deficiency waivers might face stricter screening in the future. Based on its recently completed investigation into a FedEx Boeing 727 that crashed short during an approach to Tallahassee Regional Airport, Fla., on July 26, 2002, the NTSB doesn’t believe that the FAA’s current certification standards are appropriate for detecting serious color-vision deficiencies.