The UK and Nepal signed a memorandum of understanding last week to cooperate in improving Nepal’s aviation safety record. All Nepalese airlines have been banned from operating within European Union airspace since last December. UK authorities will provide support in areas such as pilot training. A 2012 Sita Air accident claimed the lives of seven British citizens. A report by the European Commission on the state of Nepalese aviation safety is not expected before November this year.
For the second year in a row, the aviation unit of Florida’s Marion County Sheriff’s Office hosted a safety training session for law enforcement, emergency medical, firefighting and electronic newsgathering operations from around the state. The May 21 event drew more than 70 attendees from 23 different organizations and focused on the United States National Grid, combatting complacency and formation flying. During the training session attendees practiced joint search-and-rescue efforts by identifying coordinates using the national grid.
Foodborne illness is a growing concern in the U.S., and one that flight departments and FBOs should take seriously. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 48 million cases each year in the U.S., 128,000 of them severe enough to require hospitalization, 3,000 of them fatal. Travel medical services provider MedAire notes that gastrointestinal illness accounts for the largest percentage of calls from its private aviation customers, with 77 percent of them regarding passengers.
The FAA has launched an Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) program for the general aviation community, bringing to the sector a system many operators–from Parts 121 and 135 to GA pilots–are already using. The agency announced the one-year demonstration project on March 28.
The pilots of the Gulfstream IV-SP that crashed on Saturday while taking off from Runway 11 at Bedford Hanscom Field near Boston reported “control problems” after reaching rotation speed, according to preliminary cockpit voice recorder information released by the NTSB on Tuesday evening. All seven people aboard–three crewmembers and four passengers–died in the runway overrun accident.
FlightSafety International cut the ribbon on the major expansion and renovation project at its Teterboro, N.J learning center yesterday. The expansion increased floor space by 50 percent and refurbished the entire facility, including a new lobby area and café.
NetJets’ repair stations achieved a new safety milestone yesterday, entering Level III of the FAA’s safety management system (SMS) program. As such, NetJets is the first repair station in the U.S. to achieve this safety level.
Australian minerals institute AusIMM awarded its Jim Torlach Health and Safety Award to the Flight Safety Foundation for its Basic Aviation Risk Standard (Bars) program, which was designed to audit aircraft operations that are used extensively for carrying mining company personnel. The institute noted the Bars program raised the level of minimum acceptable standards for aircraft operations worldwide. Bars consists of four components: risk-based international aviation standard, auditing program, aviation safety training programs and global safety data analysis program.
The FBI is expanding its campaign to raise public awareness about the consequences of laser attacks on aircraft to include all 50 states. The effort builds on a test program started earlier this year at 12 FBI offices that raised public awareness about the dangers of shining lasers at aircraft through a series of public service announcements, billboards and media outreach. As a result of this campaign, the number of reported incidents has fallen 19 percent in the major metropolitan areas of the 12 field offices.
Preliminary Report: Jet Overruns Florida Runway
Cessna Citation CJ3 525, Spruce Creek, Fla., April 27, 2014–Unable to stop on the 4,000-foot Runway 23 at Florida’s Spruce Creek airport, a Cessna CJ3 ran off the hard surface and came to rest partially submerged in a pond off the departure end of the runway. The aircraft remained intact after the accident. None of the three people aboard was injured in the accident.
Preliminary Report: Helicopter Drops Ship’s Pilot During Transfer