Amazon paid an FAA penalty of $91,000 last week for shipping a package via FedEx on Sept. 16, 2013, containing a flammable liquid adhesive considered to be a hazardous material. Amazon offered the shipment without the requisite shipping papers or emergency response information and did not mark, label or properly package the shipment. Amazon also failed to train its employees properly in preparing hazmat packages for shipment by air.
The threat of food-borne illness at 41,000 feet is all too real, and one the business aviation industry takes all too lightly, says Paula Kraft, a principal with Aviation Catering Consultants (ACC) of Atlanta.
According to in-flight medical emergency services specialist MedAire, 60 percent of its calls are related to gastrointestinal illnesses. That number leaves no doubt that food-handling standards should be just as rigorous as those that apply to aircraft maintenance, asserts Kraft.
Imagine a corporate aircraft cleaning crew discovering germs like E. coli, listeria, hepatitis and a few staph infections on the company airplane as they prepare it for the next trip? Paula Kraft, CEO of Atlanta Ga.-based Aviation Catering Consultants (ACC), conducted research on more than three dozen international airplanes (most of them U.S.-based) and found some of these germs on the control wheels, in the galley and in the lavatory.
Aviation insurance underwriter USAIG (Booth No. N1916) is highlighting additions and improvements to its Performance Vector aircraft operator safety initiative, which focuses on human factors elements that may lead to aviation accidents.
The University of Southern California Aviation Safety and Security program within the Viterbi School of Engineering is offering a human factors in aviation maintenance class designed to provide knowledge and understanding of human factors in the realm of aviation safety focusing on the role of the aviation maintainer. The class will run from April 26 to April 29.
The benefits of employing a safety management system (SMS) in business aircraft operations should no longer be up for question, according to Pete Agur, managing director and founder of The VanAllen Group. Now, he said, “it’s a question of how people want to apply it, whether it’s a single aircraft or a large fleet.”