The European Helicopter Safety Team (Ehest) has published a “training leaflet” for single-pilot operations, in a bid to curb accidents stemming from poor decision-making. The document highlights common errors and suggests strategies to prevent a pilot from being caught in a fatal spiral of events after having chosen the wrong option.
Loss of control in flight is now the biggest cause of commercial aviation fatalities, so what can be done to teach pilots how not to lose control? Two 2009 accidents involved stalls–Colgan Air 3407 and Air France 447–yet stalls are an elementary maneuver taught early in pilot training. If stalls are such a big problem, could training later in a pilot’s career using simulators better prepare pilots to get out of a stall or impending stall?
Component Control, at Booth No. 7321, has released “Remote Inventory,” an inventory management tool for Component Control’s core product, Quantum Control. Its users can set minimum and maximum inventory levels online, then track, manage and bill upon consumption for inventory co-located at any customer facility. The Remote Inventory program accelerates replenishment of stock to keep up with work in progress.
By most accounts the fourth quarter of last year was active. While not atypical for that period, the activity was a good sign for the market that tradition seems to be intact, or at least reestablished after being pushed off course a few years ago. With the U.S. economy doing incrementally better, the hope is that this activity will spill into the first quarter and beyond. Many eyes now are cast upon Europe, where last month S&P lowered its credit ratings on nine nations.
Pre-owned business aircraft inventories continued to decline in October, but asking prices–especially for jets–have yet to find a bottom, according to data released this week by industry research firm JetNet. Business jet inventory in October stood at 13.9 percent of the in-service fleet, down 1.3 percentage points from a year ago.
“While the pre-owned business aircraft market continues to show improvements, all indicators have been slow to recover in the first nine months of 2011,” industry research firm JetNet said in a market report released on Friday.
MRO and logistics software company Component Control (Booth No. C10533) is announcing the formal launch of its new Web Online RFQ parts and services search software here at NBAA.
Aftermarket aircraft parts supplier Aeroinv.com will now be listing more than 150,000 part SKUs worth $350 million on Inventory Locator Service. ILS provides an electronic marketplace that enables subscribers to buy and sell parts, equipment and services. The inventory includes major brands of parts and components for most aircraft models.
“The first five months of the 2011 pre-owned market showed early-stage recovery signs,” with used business jet retail sale transactions growing by 19.7 percent during the period, according to data released by business aviation information firm JetNet.
SimCom Training Centers has added simulator training for all turboprop Twin Commanders at its Dallas/Fort Worth facility. Initial and recurrent courses are available and are approved by all major aircraft insurance underwriters. SimCom has equipped the Twin Commander simulator with a 180-degree visual display that allows pilots to perform, with outside visual cues, maneuvers that simulate conditions for day, night and twilight conditions.