The National Transportation Safety Board announced early last month it has embarked on a 30-day review of its advocacy programs.
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Less than 10 percent of an aircraft accident investigation takes place at the scene. After an initial seven to 20 days on-site, the process moves to file cabinets and back offices; parts, maintenance and service suppliers; and government and industry laboratories. On average, six months of post-accident meetings are coordinated from a local command center; most often the ballroom of the nearest hotel.
The NTSB has asked Congress to “convince the FAA of the need for immediate action” to prevent runway incursions. In an August 29 letter to 12 members of Congress, Safety Board chairman Carol Carmody and two Board members said the NTSB has issued 100 recommendations regarding runway incursions since 1983. The issue has been on the Safety Board’s list of “Most Wanted Safety Improvements” since 1990.
With the addition of one new face and the reconfirmation of another, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) now has its full complement of five members.
In late September Marion Blakey was sworn in as the ninth chairman of the NTSB after being confirmed by the Senate. That same month the Senate reconfirmed John Hammerschmidt as an NTSB member.
Aviation by far has the highest number of outstanding safety deficiencies of any form of transportation in the U.S., according to the NTSB, which authors an annual Most Wanted list of recommendations. Congress wants to know why.
Every year the NTSB updates its list of Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements, divided among the five transportation modes over which it has jurisdiction and a sixth listed as intermodal.
The NTSB issued its preliminary report recently on the mid-air collision between two news helicopters covering a car chase in Phoenix on July 27 in which four people aboard the two helicopters died. According to the Safety Board, the crash occurred while the suspect stopped his vehicle, abandoned it and acquired another vehicle.
NTSB members are strongly dissatisfied with the way in which Board chairman Ellen Engleman Conners is attempting to curb their activities. Three Board members–Carol Carmody, Richard Healing and Deborah Hersman–sent a letter to the chairman late this summer expressing their concerns. The Board did not make the letter public, but AIN obtained a copy of it.
John Goglia, the only licensed A&P mechanic to receive a presidential appointment to the NTSB, has joined the leadership of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association as senior vice president of government and technical programs. Goglia leaves the NTSB after nine years of service. He will now spearhead PAMA’s efforts to increase public recognition and respect for aviation maintenance technicians.
NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker told the House aviation subcommittee last month that his agency is disappointed in the FAA’s response to five of the six aviation items on the Safety Board’s Most Wanted List of safety improvements.
NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker told the House aviation subcommittee yesterday that his agency is disappointed with the FAA’s response to five of six aviation items on the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of safety improvements.