The number of fatalities in U.S.-registered business jet accidents last year was the highest it has been since 2008, according to statistics compiled by AIN using data from worldwide accident investigation branches. Last year, 24 people were killed in five accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets, compared with four fatalities in one accident in 2011. The last year in which the number of fatalities exceeded 24 was in 2008, when 27 people were killed in seven accidents.
European aircraft operators should brace for a harsh winter, according to de-icing specialist Kilfrost. The supplier said it anticipates strong demand for its products this year based on long-range forecasts that call for a winter as severe as the one seen two years ago. Based on its predicted demand and the delivery lag, the company has already ramped up production at its manufacturing plant in northern England to ensure a steady supply of de-icing fluid at dozens of airports across the region.
The Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS), an arm of ADAC created in 2009, and Dubai-based Avtech Middle East, a subsidiary of Avtech Sweden, have partnered to offer training in areas such as performance-based operations, collaborative decision making, airborne CNS/ATM (Communications, Navigation and Surveillance for Air Traffic Management), auditing and human factors. The organizations said in a joint press release, “These course stand out as they are linked to real-life operational requirements and best practice and are delivered by highly experienced subject matter experts.”
In the first nine months of 2012, the number of accidents involving both U.S.-registered and non-U.S.-registered business jets increased over numbers recorded in the same period last year. According to figures compiled by AIN, the total number of nonfatal N-registered business jet mishaps increased slightly from 21 in the first three quarters of 2011 to 23 in the same period this year. Fatal accidents climbed from one event last year to four this year, and fatalities jumped from four last year to 17 this year.
Bombardier Flexjet launched an 11-city tour to showcase the Learjet 85, which will be the next aircraft type addition to its fractional fleet. Besides being able to view the Learjet 85 cabin mockup, attendees will also be able to test drive Rolls-Royce Phantom and Ghost autos and play a World Championship golf course in a Full Swing Golf simulator.
Accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets while operating outside the U.S. drove an increase in both the numbers of fatal and non-fatal crashes in the first half of this year.
Kilfrost (Hall 4 Stand G4) is introducing what it claims to be the first aircraft de-icing fluid made from sustainable sources. The new corn-based DF Sustain fluid is an environmentally friendly alternative to monopropylene glycol and it has already been approved by aviation authorities in the U.S. and Japan.
Accidents involving U.S.-registered jets operating outside the U.S. drove an increase in the total number of mishaps in the first half of this year, compared with the same period last year.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized new regulations that will provide relief to airports where de-icing fluid is used. The EPA had proposed more stringent de-ice effluent limitations in 2009, but the agency has incorporated voluntary pollution-reduction programs, according to the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA).
This year’s first quarter was the deadliest for U.S.-registered business jets since 15 people were killed in four accidents in the first quarter of 2008. According to statistics gathered by AIN, in the first three months of this year 14 people were killed in three accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets.