Something positive might come from the February 12 crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 after all, if a broad FAA effort to revamp rules governing airline pilot records, fatigue and training ultimately bears fruit.
Following congressional hearings last month on the February crash of a twin-engine turboprop near Buffalo, N.Y., senior officials from U.S. airlines, pilot unions and the FAA agreed in a closed-door meeting June 15 to several major actions to improve safety programs and pilot training at the nation’s airlines.
Pinnacle Airlines CEO Phil Trenary last month reported “very good progress” in management’s negotiations with the airline’s ALPA-represented pilots for a new contract, several sections of which he said the company managed to close recently during four days of meetings. “We’re actually down to single digits as far as what’s left,” said Trenary.
The pilots of the Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 that crashed on February 12 outside Buffalo, killing 50 people, did not observe the so-called sterile cockpit rule and appeared unprepared to react properly to the aerodynamic stall that led to the accident, according to testimony read last month during the NTSB’s three-day public hearing on the crash.
The pilots of the Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 involved in the February 12 crash near Buffalo, N.Y., that killed 50 people did not observe the so-called sterile cockpit rule and the captain appears to have violated Colgan Air’s policy prohibiting the use of the crew room to sleep overnight, according to testimony read this morning during the NTSB’s public hearing on the crash.
Scheduled delivery of the first Project Phoenix CRJ conversion this month marks the introduction of the latest corporate variation of the Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet Series 200 family.
Dubai-based Project Phoenix is the latest company to bring a corporate Bombardier CRJ variant to market, with its first example due to be accepted by owner Ritz Pacific before the end of next month. Completion of the modified regional jet was contracted to Peterborough, Ontario-based Flying Colours, which also has produced its own ExecLiner and Jetcorp Renaissance Series CRJ executive conversions.
Delta Air Lines will ground at least 30 Delta Connection Bombardier CRJs this year as it moves to execute “synergies” associated with its merger with Northwest Airlines.
The crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 that killed 50 people outside Buffalo in February once again has the industry group that represents U.S. regional airlines fielding some familiar questions about the level of safety its members guarantee to the traveling public.
Bombardier Aerospace plans to raise production of its commercial aircraft by about 10 percent this year, the manufacturer announced last month. The increase comes as the company continues to enjoy relatively strong demand for its Q400 turboprop, while the backlog for its CRJ line of regional jets dwindles.