The Jamaican Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) labeled an American Airlines flight crew’s reduced situational awareness as the primary cause of the December 2009 runway excursion by a Boeing 737-800 at Kingston Airport. The aircraft departed Miami carrying 148 passengers and a crew of six, and all occupants survived the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board on May 22 issued five safety recommendations to the FAA related to the evaluation and certification of lithium-ion batteries, as well as the certification of new technology. The recommendations evolved through the ongoing investigation of a Jan. 7, 2013, lithium-ion battery fire aboard a Boeing 787 parked at Boston Logan Airport.
The FAA issued a safety alert (SAFO) on May 22 to let owners, operators and riggers of Basik Air Concept Parachutes know that France’s Directorate General for Civil Aviation issued an emergency AD, EAD UF-2012-007, covering the product. The DGAC issued the AD because Basik Air Concept manufactured and shipped reserve parachute systems without production approval from the French authority.
The NTSB recently released preliminary findings on the April 26 accident in Port Orange, Fla., in which a Cessna Citation CJ3 overran the runway and came to rest in a pond about 600 feet from the end of the hard surface. Investigators said the pilot reported landing “long” (about two-thirds down the 4,000-foot runway) and then realized he wouldn’t be able to stop on the runway. A weather observation at the time of the mishap indicates there was a four-knot tailwind.
Winners of the annual European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) Safety of Flight Awards were announced at last week’s EBACE 2014 show in Geneva. GlobeAir AG won the Bronze Award for 20 years or 40,000 hours of accident-free operation. London Executive Aviation took the Silver Award for its 30 years or 60,000 accident-free flight hours of operation, and the Gold Award went to Flying Service for 40 years or 80,000 hours without an accident.
The pilot of an Airbus Helicopters AS350 was killed when his aircraft rolled over on its side as he attempted to reposition it near the Grand Canyon West Airport in Arizona on May 18. The helicopter was being operated by Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters at the time of the accident. The Hualapai Indian Tribe operates the airport.
During a session yesterday at EBACE, IBAC formally unveiled its new International Standard for Business Aviation Handling (IS-BAH), which outlines a formal safety standard for FBOs and ground-handling businesses. IS-BAH mirrors IS-BAO, the safety standard for business aircraft operators, according to International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) IS-BAO director James Cannon. “It represents FBO and handling agency industry best practices, and integrates the principles of a safety management system [SMS].”
VIP catering management technology specialist Private Flight Global (Booth 3218) is adding a new tool to its web-based ordering system–customer feedback reporting. “Regrettable issues with pricing, selection, food quality, timeliness, presentation or any other situation,” the company noted, can be reported with accompanying photographs. The Flight Feedback Reporting feature also can be used to relay positive feedback.
Airborne medical specialist MedAire (Booth 6543) has released a new series of improved airborne medical kits that were developed by the company’s medical products review board. The latest kits draw on the experience from more than 100,000 inflight medical events. The new range was created with ease-of-access and ease-of-use as key features for both crew and passengers.
The recent tragedy of the still-missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has brought the tracking of aircraft sharply into focus, and at a conference last week in Montreal ICAO forged a consensus to develop aircraft tracking as matter of priority. While this is a welcome move, the ability to transmit more than just positional data is critical in allowing ground experts to not only determine the causes of losses, but also to give aircrew a better chance of averting a loss.