The FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to revise FAR Part 145 repair station certification and regulation has incurred the wrath of industry. In the more than 300 responses, a number that increases daily as the November 19 cutoff date approaches, it is difficult to find anyone supporting it though there are a few.
The FAA, airlines and aviation labor unions have launched a partnership with the NTSB to share summarized safety information to help prevent accidents. The information to be shared through the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (Asias) will help the NTSB determine if an accident is unique or an indication of systemic risks.
The NTSB issued a number of recommendations on November 1–A12-64 and A12-65–in an attempt to prevent aircraft accident first responders from being injured by ejection seats or ballistic parachute recovery devices at crash scenes. The Board wants the FAA to identify the devices aboard an aircraft during every tri-year registration and also determine a method of making that information readily accessible to emergency crews. Recommendation A12-66 will also require STC-modified aircraft to report any new on-board devices.
NTSB officials recently arrived in Baghdad to train 22 students from the Iraqi civil aviation authority and air force. The training took place on October 14 through 18 at Iraq’s Aviation Training Institute in support of the country’s efforts to meet ICAO investigation standards. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad sponsored the training.
Flight department managers are often overwhelmed by the variety of annual training required to keep a department humming. Keeping track of a dozen vendors can be quite a challenge in itself. Trainingport.net is a single online business-aviation resource for customized operational safety and occupational-health safety training. Trainingport.net delivers web-hosted content for pilots and other industry professionals to maintain currency. The company delivers concise 15-minute training sessions built around the material produced by a number of industry subject-matter experts.
The FAA is making progress implementing safety management systems (SMS) both within the agency and for the aviation industry as a whole, but the effort is likely to take many years to complete, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Universal Weather and Aviation’s new Safety Management & Integration (SM&I) program makes it easier for clients to manage a safety management system (SMS). The SM&I program is designed for any size of part 91 or 135 operator and includes a software component called SMS Manager. Demonstrations of SM&I are available at the Universal Weather and Aviation booth (No. 2516).
ACR Electronics CEO Michael Wilkerson believes the best way to keep more boaters, aviators and outdoor enthusiasts safe is to educate them about the value of keeping a 406 MHz emergency beacon close at hand when it’s needed. Because stories about rescue efforts carry considerable weight, ACR Electronics announced its new Survivor Club–www.survivorclub.com–where people who have used an emergency beacon can share their rescue stories on the SurvivorClub.com forum.
Starr Aviation’s safety management system (SMS) implementation and compliance mentoring program is designed to assist companies make their SMS functional and effective. Starr Aviation (Booth No. 1746) is a division of Starr Indemnity and Liability and is based in Atlanta with locations in Scottsdale, Ariz. and Carpenteria, Calif.
Helicopter pilots need to take more ownership of a steadily increasing number of accidents, according to the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). In the seven-day period between October 10 and October 17 the industry reported four accidents that took the lives of seven people. Two accidents on the same day, October 10, claimed two lives, one in northeastern Pennsylvania and the other in central Louisiana.