Safety

October 24, 2013 - 6:30pm

Two experts from MedAire (Booth No. N3513) discussed how to devise and execute the best medical and security travel plans for private aircraft users at a seminar here at NBAA 2013 yesterday, entitled “Off the Grid and On Alert.”

David Streitwieser, a board-certified emergency medicine specialist, and Denio Alvarado, who at one time was in charge of covert flight planning for Air Force One, discussed a variety of medical and security challenges facing business jet travelers venturing abroad and how to successfully plan for them.

October 24, 2013 - 4:20pm

Wyvern Consulting announced at NBAA 2013 it has partnered with Aviation Safety and Quality Solutions (ASQS) to offer iQSMS, a web-based safety management system (SMS) program, to customers in North and South America, strengthening its suite of charter risk-assessment and management products and services.

October 22, 2013 - 9:50pm

Continuing its practice of using aviation industry experts to help create focused online instructional programs, global business aviation safety training provider TrainingPort.net (Booth No. C10836) yesterday announced it has reached several agreements to expand its flight department management training offerings.

October 22, 2013 - 10:15am

The independent Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) of Alexandria, Va., now has a member on the NBAA Safety Committee and NBAA plans to appoint a member to the FSF’s Business Advisory Committee, which addresses the concerns and challenges of corporate and business aviation. Peter Stein, chairman of the Business Advisory Committee, is the foundation’s representative on the Safety Committee. NBAA official has not yet announced who will be its representative on the FSF committee.

October 22, 2013 - 3:30am

Securaplane, part of the Meggitt family, is displaying its current line of airborne cameras and integrated ground security systems, along with prototypes of improved products at its NBAA booth (No. N4527).

Securaplane’s wireless-controlled cameras are easily retrofitable, according to Steffen Spell, vice president of sales, marketing and customer service for the Tucson, Ariz.-based company. In fact, the cameras still need wiring for power but they can tap into power wires already installed for wingtip and empennage lights, for example.

October 14, 2013 - 2:45pm

The FAA has upgraded Ukraine’s safety rating from Category 2 to Category 1 following an international aviation safety assessment of the country’s civil aviation authority in July. A Category 1 rating means Ukraine now complies with the highest level of ICAO safety standards and its air carriers can add flights and service to the U.S.. With the Category 2 rating, Ukrainian airlines were allowed to maintain existing service to the U.S. but could not establish new services.

In fact, no Ukrainian carrier currently provides service to the U.S.

October 14, 2013 - 2:30pm

The U.S. government shutdown could have “grave repercussions on the [ATC] system,” Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca), told an October 10 rally. “The furlough of thousands of aviation safety professionals is eliminating critical layers of redundancy and safety that keep the system operating safely and efficiently. The shutdown has also interrupted the flow of hiring, training and innovation,” he said.

October 8, 2013 - 3:40pm

U.S.-registered business jets experienced a notable drop in nonfatal accidents in the first nine months versus the same time frame last year, according to preliminary figures compiled by AIN. The number of fatal accidents remained the same, but the number of fatalities fell slightly during the most recent nine-month period.

October 3, 2013 - 5:05am

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) hosted its air medical safety summit last month in Washington, D.C. Topics covered at the event included enhancing professionalism, data collection, coordinated communications, technology and developing a low-altitude infrastructure that supports the helicopter EMS community.

October 2, 2013 - 3:40am

Longtime FAA watchers will remember the FAA’s advanced automation system (AAS), which was contracted in 1990 to replace the agency’s venerable Host ATC system, which had entered service 20 years earlier. AAS was to be the answer to the controllers’ every prayer, until it started to run into technical trouble. In fact, it encountered so much trouble that the FAA cancelled its development in 1994–reportedly at the strong urging of Congress–after expenditures had reached $2.6 billion, without clear indications of when it would achieve operational readiness or its final cost.

 
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