The FAA is teaming with NBAA, AOPA, HAI, NATA and other groups, to launch an eight-month national safety campaign, “Got Weather?,” to help general aviation pilots prepare for potential weather challenges. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and leaders of the general aviation groups will kick off the campaign on Sunday at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering in Anchorage.
As I write, the whereabouts of the missing Boeing 777 operating as Malaysia Air Flight 370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing remains unknown. The Prime Minister of Malaysia has announced that analysis of satellite data suggests the airplane crashed in the south Indian Ocean but no debris linked to the aircraft has been found.
The total combined number of accidents, incidents and fatalities declined for the worldwide U.S. and non-U.S. turbine business-aircraft fleet in the first three months of this year versus the same period last year, according to data compiled by AIN. However, some individual segments were inconsistent with the overall results.
The FAA released final versions of two important pieces of guidance: FAA Order 8110.42D Parts Manufacturer Approval Procedures, which cancels revision C; and FAA AC21.303-2 Application For Parts Manufacturer Approval Via Tests and Computations Or Identicality. Both have a direct effect on PMA producers.
Argus added an aviation fatigue meter, a “proprietary algorithm and system that translates raw user data into actionable fatigue information” developed by Pulsar Informatics, into its Prism Armor safety management system (SMS) software. Argus said that users will be able to monitor and analyze crew fatigue more accurately and make more informed decisions.
A Cessna Citation 525 was substantially damaged when it went off the end of a runway on Saturday morning and came to rest partially submerged in a pond. The twinjet, on a Part 91 flight, was attempting a landing on 4,000-foot-long Runway 23 at Spruce Creek Airport in Daytona Beach, Fla. None of the three people aboard was injured in the accident. Spruce Creek is one of the largest fly-in communities, with nearly 5,000 residents, 1,300 homes and 700 hangars.
In her last public talk as National Transportation Safety Board chairman on April 21, Deborah Hersman made a final pitch at the National Press Club for child safety restraints in commercial aircraft. The NTSB has been trying to convince the FAA to mandate the equipment for several decades, and Hersman used the 1979 crash of United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City, Iowa, to make her point. Although the accident claimed 111 lives, another 185 people on board survived. A number of small children were among the passengers that day.
France’s civil aviation authority, the DGAC, has approved the idea of training medical personnel as helicopter emergency medical service (Hems) “technical crewmembers,” beginning October 8. This change should meet the EASA IR-OPS requirement, which France opted out of for two years. Most helicopter EMS flights in the country today are conducted by a single pilot.
The pilot of a Cessna Citation 501 departed in IFR conditions on a clearance that required 6,000 feet as the first level-off point. At approximately 3,000 feet the yaw damper and autopilot in heading mode were both engaged.
A Mexican-registered BAe Hawker 700 was destroyed April 19 when it crashed into an industrial park while on a night-time instrument approach to Runway 17 at Saltillo-Plan de Guadalupe International Airport (SLW) in Mexico. All eight people on board were killed. Visibility at the time of the accident was reported as half-a-mile in fog with an overcast at 200 feet.