Safety

October 11, 2007 - 5:21am

Nearly 40,000 Kidde Aerospace halon fire extinguishers will have to be removed from service, under a proposed airworthiness directive. The FAA said the discharge time of the handheld units (part number 898052 and serial number of W-389653 or lower in units built between 1995 and 2002) exceeds the maximum allowable discharge time due to an allegedly crimped siphon tube.

October 11, 2007 - 5:06am

All holders of Part 135 certificates would be required to have an FAA-approved training program for handling designated hazardous materials, whether or not they elect to transport these materials, under proposed regulatory changes. The amendments would incorporate guidance now contained in related advisory circulars, which are not mandatory.

October 11, 2007 - 5:03am

All holders of Part 135 certificates would be required to have an FAA-approved training program for handling designated hazardous materials, whether or not they elect to transport these materials, under proposed regulatory changes. The amendments would incorporate guidance now contained in related advisory circulars, which are not mandatory.

October 8, 2007 - 10:05am

Security comes from a combination of policy, procedure and technology–nuts and bolts. All three have received their fair share of attention since September 11, but the demand for security hardware is the most tangible manifestation of how aviation has changed. Pre-existing examples of technology–from sophisticated electronic surveillance systems to simple wheel locks–have been improved.

October 8, 2007 - 6:36am

Aside from the cost of military actions against the terrorist factions following the September 11 attacks, the big question is, how the government is going to pay for everything else it wants to do.

October 8, 2007 - 6:31am

With the addition of one new face and the reconfirmation of another, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) now has its full complement of five members.

In late September Marion Blakey was sworn in as the ninth chairman of the NTSB after being confirmed by the Senate. That same month the Senate reconfirmed John Hammerschmidt as an NTSB member.

October 4, 2007 - 5:49am

The Transportation Security Administration’s notice of public meeting and request for comments on “Aircraft Repair Station Security” (Docket No. TSA-2004-17131) garnered 20 comments by the March 29 deadline. Responses came from individual pilots, small and large maintenance facilities and special interest groups.

October 3, 2007 - 11:30am

There were 12 nonfatal accidents, three fatal accidents and 21 fatalities resulting from U.S.-registered business jet crashes in the first nine months of this year, compared with seven nonfatal accidents, five fatal accidents and 15 fatalities in the first nine months of last year, according to safety analyst firm Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.

October 3, 2007 - 11:29am

Business aviation may win a few more converts as a result of the most recent Transportation Security Administration (TSA) edict expanding the use of manual pat-down searches during “secondary” screening.

October 3, 2007 - 11:23am

The National Air Transportation Association launched a risk-management program intended to halve ramp-related accidents over the next five years. The initiative includes a Web site for managing safety reporting and analysis, a fee-based ramp-safety audit, a video program on ramp communications and a seminar/training program.

 
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