Mark Rosenker was sworn in as the 11th chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board on August 11 after serving as acting chairman since March 2005. A major general in the Air Force Reserve, he was deputy assistant to the President and director of the White House Military Office before becoming a member of the NTSB in March 2003.
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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, which services the MU-2 fleet outside Japan, expressed its approval and cooperation with the FAA’s safety evaluation of MU-2s and has hired former NTSB investigator Greg Feith to assist the agency in its review.
The chief of the NTSB’s French counterpart is concerned that an increasing number of aircraft are flying under flags of convenience.
The NTSB should be able to choose which general aviation accidents it investigates, former Board member Carol Carmody said in a speech before the Washington Aero Club.
The comment period on the FAA’s proposed upgrades to cockpit voice and flight data recorders has been extended to June 28, the result of a request by the Aerospace Industries Association and the agency’s expectations that it will receive additional extension requests “based on the lack of comments” to date. At press time, the regulatory docket showed that about 40 comments have been submitted.
Watch for the NTSB soon to release recommendations intended to improve the safety of EMS helicopter operations.
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) has asked President Bush to replace FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker because they have not grounded the Mitsubishi MU-2. Early last year Tancredo asked the FAA to ground the turboprop twin “due to its shockingly high accident rate.” In lieu of grounding the aircraft, Tancredo agreed with Mitsubishi that the FAA should mandate a type rating.
NTSB member Richard Healing last month announced his retirement from the agency, effective August 1. During his two-year tenure at the Safety Board, Healing actively advocated enhanced aviation safety for helicopters in aeromedical and offshore operations, corporate aviation as well as unmanned aircraft. He also championed human causal factors and aircraft rescue and firefighting.
Carol Carmody left the NTSB in April after nearly five years as a member, two of them as vice chairman. During that time she served twice as the Safety Board’s acting chairman.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and the Aviation Safety Alliance (ASA) have merged, effective December 31, to become “the world’s leading resource on flight safety.” The new organization will operate under the FSF name and will focus on providing expert knowledge to industry and media on global aviation safety issues and best practices.