Air charter broker L’Voyage, Bombardier Business Jets sales representative Sino Private Aviation and business aircraft broker Jetcraft announced a one-year charity project to support the Hong Kong committee for Unicef’s “28 Days to Save a Child’s Life” fundraising campaign. The three companies pledged to raise more than $136,800 to support the campaign, which aims to provide more than 2.2 million doses of vaccine to save children from tetanus, a preventable deadly disease. They will donate 5,688 doses of tetanus vaccines per charter flight and 32,500 doses per aircraft sold.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) recently revised its online NATA Safety 1st Hazardous Communications (HazCom) training program, and employers can use the revised NATA Safety 1st HazCom module to train employees to new OSHA standards.
A year ago, Laminar Research, the maker of the popular X-Plane flight simulator software, was sued by a company called Uniloc, which accused Laminar Research of infringing a Uniloc patent entitled “System and method for preventing unauthorized access to electronic data.” Uniloc is seeking a jury trial and wants agreement that its patent has been infringed, payment for damages and costs, post-judgment royalties and pre- and post-judgment interest.
Aviation Training Academy (ATA) has launched an online training program directed at FBOs, corporate flight departments, municipalities, fueling agents, line service technicians and mechanics. New regulations, under the globally harmonized system (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals, adopted by OSHA mandate that employers must have their employees trained on the new GHS label elements and safety data sheet format.
Latin America is the target of an effort by MD Helicopters to strengthen its dealer network, which consists of one independent representative per country, with the exception of Mexico, where there are two. The MD fleet in Latin America currently totals approximately 100 aircraft, 15 of them in Brazil.
“Our focus is to strengthen the dealer network and our goal is to be delivering 12 MD Explorers a year in Latin America by the end of 2015,” said MD director of sales and marketing Philip Marsteller. “And that’s a conservative goal,” he added.
MedAire, an International SOS company, has formed a strategic partnership with São Paulo-based AeroSafety, which is looking to “solidify [our] position as the premier aviation supplier of medical kits, emergency equipment and travel risk management services for commercial airlines and private aviation in Brazil.” Together the companies (Stand 3013) offer a “comprehensive medical and travel risk management solution.”
An air transportation program has been launched for veterinarians serving in Kenya. Operating turbine aircraft, such as Cessna 208 Caravans, Sky Vets allows the mobile veterinary teams of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and Kenya Wildlife Service to respond rapidly to animals in need of urgent care virtually anywhere in Kenya. In May, Sky Vets treated its first patient, an elephant seriously injured by a poisoned arrow. Without treatment, say the vets, the elephant would have died. Sky Vets is funded initially by a $40,000 start-up grant from U.S. Friends of DSWT.
The Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, in conjunction with the FAA, is sponsoring a survey designed to evaluate low-visibility operations/surface movement guidance and control system (LVO/SMGCS) symbology used on low-visibility taxi charts. To qualify for the 45-minute online survey, participants should be Cat III-qualified ATP pilots, preferably with five years of experience. Fifty participants will later be randomly chosen for a $50 Amazon gift card.
A little more than a month after Ontario’s provincially funded air ambulance service Ornge suffered a fatal crash, the Province’s coroner has released the results of a special investigation into 40 Ornge patient transport-related deaths between 2006 and 2012. Operational errors at Ornge contributed to eight of those deaths, according to the July report, which also made 25 recommendations to improve service at Ornge.
Humans, by our very nature, are daytime creatures. Our brains and our bodies have been hardwired for this, and not even the fairly recent (in evolutionary terms) innovation of artificial light can change hundreds of thousands of years of development. In response to darkness, our brains produce a chemical known as melatonin, which makes us sleepy, yet these days we are far removed from the agrarian “get up when it’s light out, go to bed when it’s dark” lifestyle of just a few centuries ago.