The National Transportation Safety Board reported that U.S.civil aviation accidents showed a slight uptick in 2011 over 2010. For a second year in a row, there were no Part 121 accidents. Part 135 on-demand charters did reveal a marked increase, however.
While last year produced a “mixed bag” of modest growth that favored mainline airlines over regional carriers and international over domestic travel, the FAA predicts that airline passenger travel will nearly double over the next 20 years.
Next month marks the 60th anniversary of the birth of one of aviation’s great “might-have-beens.” The start of development of an aircraft that became a source of national pride. The start of an aircraft that could have been a world-beater. I’m referring to Canada’s mighty Avro CF-105 Arrow fighter. But an even more recent anniversary looms on Monday: the 53rd anniversary of its death.
It took quite a while, but the FAA finally did the right thing—to a point—when it announced that it would give passenger-carrying airlines two years to institute new flight/duty time rules.
Turbine business airplanes experienced a major increase in accidents last year, compared with 2010. According to statistics compiled by AIN, nonfatal accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets nearly doubled from 16 in 2010 to 31 last year, while U.S.-registered turboprop accidents surged from 32 to 43 year-over-year. In the one fatal jet accident recorded last year, all four crewmembers were killed in the April 2 crash of a Gulfstream G650, which was on a certification test flight; two people had died in the single fatal accident of a business jet in 2010.
Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG) has acquired Aero Technology of Long Beach, Calif. ATI provides accessories, avionics and instruments to the commercial transport, military and regional airline markets.
Located on Long Beach International Airport, ATI operates out of a 25,000-sq-ft facility, employs 38 people including 18 technicians and holds FAA, EASA and airline certifications.
Talks between the pilots of American Eagle and the management of AMR over the terms of a proposed divestiture of the regional airline reached an impasse over this weekend.
Amid changes to the format of its annual “most wanted” list, the NTSB has included improvement in general aviation safety as one of its hot-button topics. In the past, the Safety Board had used the list as a sort of scorecard, keeping track of the progress of its specific outstanding safety recommendations, which would remain in the list until they were resolved. That began to prove unwieldy as the number of open recommendations piled up.
Brazil’s TRIP Linhas Aéreas today announced plans to acquire 18 new 68-seat ATR 72-600s and reserve options on another 22. The airline will order nine ATR-600s directly from the manufacturer and lease another nine from Air Lease Corporation and Gecas. The addition of the 18 airplanes to the fleet would make TRIP the largest ATR operator in the world, with 51 of the Franco-Italian turboprops.
To the European Regions Airline Association, the last 36 months have proved the most challenging period the industry at large has ever faced, leaving ERA general director Mike Ambrose and his team laser focused on sending a clear message that the association’s members can no longer accept the status quo in Brussels.