The number of accidents in all segments of civil aviation last year was less than in 2005, according to the NTSB, with general aviation recording the lowest number of accidents in the 40 years of record keeping. Major airlines continued to have the lowest accident rates in civil aviation. The number of air-taxi accidents has been steadily decreasing over the past 10 years, while the hours flown by these air carriers has increased steadily.
Although the FAA has finally acquiesced to allowing commercial pilots to fly past their 60th birthday, a group of legislators has introduced a bill that would move the process along at what passes for “warp speed” in Congress.
A prominent moment of the 2003 International Operators Conference in Colorado Springs occurred just after the first day’s sessions. With dozens of pilots and aviation department managers standing around a nearby television, President Bush warned Saddam Hussein that the Americans and their allies were on the way. The war in Iraq erupted soon afterwards.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly is expected to take action later this month on legal guidance for member states to protect safety-data-
collection systems while allowing for proper administration of justice.
The guidance would help nations protect from unwarranted use information collected under systems such as flight operational quality assurance programs and line operations safety audit programs.
To borrow the term “caveat emptor” (Latin for “let the buyer beware”) and mangle it only a bit, flight crews of aircraft that require two pilots should be aware that in some countries both of those pilots need to be type rated in that particular airplane.
The number of accidents in all segments of civil aviation last year was less than in 2005, according to the NTSB, with general aviation having the lowest number of accidents in 40 years of record keeping. Major airlines continued to have the lowest accident rates in civil aviation. Last year, on-demand Part 135 operators had 54 accidents, down almost 20 percent from 2005, with 10 of those accidents resulting in 16 fatalities.
When the ICAO Assembly meets in Montreal late this month, the International Business Aircraft Council (IBAC) will propose standardization of international regulations governing fractional ownership operations. At present, the U.S.
The European Commission is seeking industry comment on the current state of general aviation in Europe, and on issues affecting its future. The 35-page discussion paper published on February 1 summarizes previously disclosed data showing business aviation to be a growing sector within general aviation and estimates that the continent’s business jet fleet could grow by 50 percent over the next decade to reach some 3,000 aircraft.
The UK Department for Transport is expected to decide early next year whether it will proceed with plans to restrict the amount of time foreign-registered aircraft can be based in Britain. A comment period on the proposal closed October 28. The proposal would limit the amount of time foreign-registered aircraft can be effectively based in the UK to 90 days in any 12-month period.
Bill Stine, director of international operations at NBAA, may not have done it all, but he has done a lot–from flying corporate airplanes to crop-dusting.