The NTSB plans to hold a one-day hearing on air race and airshow safety at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The hearing is scheduled January 10 at 9:30 a.m. and will be chaired by NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman and include participation by all five NTSB board members.
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On Tuesday, Robert Sumwalt was sworn in for his second five-year term as an NTSB board member. President Bush first appointed him to the Safety Board in August 2006 for a five-year term that concludes at the end of this month. Sumwalt was recently renominated by President Obama for a term that will end on Dec. 31, 2016.
Actor William Shatner will be a guest speaker at the 15th,annual Bombardier Safety Standdown, which takes place next Monday through Wednesday in Wichita. This year, the Safety Standdown format will combine the general sessions with workshops on a variety of safety-related topics. Speakers at the general sessions will include NTSB member Robert Sumwalt; Convergent Performance CEO Dr.
Amid changes to the format of its annual “most wanted” list, the NTSB has included improvement in general aviation safety as one of its hot-button topics. In the past, the Safety Board had used the list as a sort of scorecard, keeping track of the progress of its specific outstanding safety recommendations, which would remain in the list until they were resolved. That began to prove unwieldy as the number of open recommendations piled up.
General aviation safety has been added to the NTSB’s latest “Most Wanted List.” In response to this, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) president and CEO Pete Bunce said, “Safety is general aviation’s first priority and, as a result, our industry has taken on a number of initiatives to fu
“Safety is general aviation’s first priority and, as a result, our industry has taken on a number of initiatives to further reduce general aviation accidents and incidents,” General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) president and CEO Pete Bunce said in response to the addition of “general aviation safety” to the NTSB’s “Most Wanted List
The NTSB has come out against two amendments in the FAA reauthorization bill that the Board believes could adversely affect safety. In a letter to Rep.
After a study of the effectiveness of airbags and restraints, the NTSB has concluded that airbags in general aviation would save lives and urged the FAA–as a first step–to require retrofits of shoulder harnesses on GA airplanes that are not currently equipped with such restraints, among other recommendations.
Late last year the NTSB issued recommendations (A-10-124 through -128) in response to the 2009 fatal Hudson River midair between a Piper Lance and a tour helicopter that killed nine over New Jersey. Among those recommendations: the Safety Board wants the FAA to develop standards for, and then mandate installation of, electronic advisory systems for electronic news gathering, air tour and passenger charter helicopters.