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.
National Transportation Safety Board
Responding to an NTSB reiteration for cockpit voice recorder (CVR) installations in all new turbine-powered aircraft, the National Air Transportation Association said it cannot support the recommendations because there has been no cost-benefit analysis or assessment of the impact on small business.
On Tuesday, the NTSB issued a full dozen safety recommendations (A-07-18 to -29) to the FAA directed at air-tour operations, most of them specifically addressing such operations in Hawaii.
The general recommendations for all commercial air-tour operations include the requirement that all helicopters flying tours over water (regardless of the length of time) be amphibious or equipped with fixed or inflatable floats.
The NTSB released new and old recommendations related to the Feb. 16, 2005, stall and fatal crash of a Cessna Citation 560 in Pueblo, Colo.
Addison, Texas-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, which services the more than 400 MU-2s operating outside of Japan, expressed its approval and cooperation with the FAA’s safety evaluation of the twin turboprop. Further, the company has contracted former NTSB investigator Greg Feith to assist in the review.
In addition to much healthier sales, GAMA had some other good news to share with attendees at its annual industry review and outlook meeting. Despite the high-profile accidents at the end of last year, the NTSB’s preliminary statistics on the number of general aviation accidents last year show a decline of about 8.7 percent. Fatal accidents were down 11.6 percent.
Word was circulating last month that the weight of the Quiet Technology hush kit fitted to the Gulfstream III that crashed on November 22 while landing at Houston to pick up former President Bush might have played a role in the accident.
For the first time since 1975, the number of safety recommendations classified as “open” has dipped below 1,000, the NTSB said last month. Of the 989 open recommendations, 335 are related to aviation and 339 to highway transportation.
In response to a four-year old NTSB safety recommendation stemming from the Jan.
The NTSB last week issued a scathing report highly critical of both the FAA and the transport-helicopter industry for not embracing flight-data recorders.