The Kenya Airports Authority collaborated with the National Birdstrike Committee of Kenya to organize the third annual East African Wildlife Symposium, which runs from May 28-30 in Kisumu, Kenya. The event was created to share information about wildlife hazards in the region and reduce the overall number of wildlife strikes by aircraft in East Africa. This year’s theme is “Wildlife Hazards, Land Use and Aviation Safety: Impact, Challenges and Opportunities for Synergy.”
Accidents and incidents involving business jet operations in Europe fell dramatically last year compared to 2012. According to data gathered by AIN, there were five total mishaps last year versus nine in 2012. Three accidents caused 10 fatalities in 2012 whereas there was one fatal crash last year that killed two persons. Additionally, there had been no accidents or major incidents involving business jets in Europe as of late April this year.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has a new president and CEO, Jon Beatty, who until recently held the same positions with International Aero Engines. He comes to the aviation safety advocate with solid manufacturing industry experience, having begun his career as a quality engineer with Sikorsky. He was confirmed in his post in April and is now heading up FSF’s efforts to promote further advances in flight safety.
Monarch Aircraft Engineering has sent a specialist team of structural aircraft engineers to Basel to complete a strut improvement program (SIP) for Jet Aviation. The company, which gained its Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation approval last October, sent a team of licensed engineers from its headquarters at London Luton Airport to Jet Aviation’s facility in Basel to carry out the SIP modification on a private Boeing 767. The SIP modification consists of an extensive rebuild of the engine pylons to restore damage tolerance.
Having lost the first round of its attempt to fine Raphael Pirker for using a flying wing to take video, the FAA plans to issue a public notice reaffirming its authority to regulate the use of small unmanned aircraft. The agency is appealing a March ruling by a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) administrative law judge rejecting the $10,000 fine.
The National Transportation Safety Board last week published nine specific recommendations to the FAA and the National Weather Service (NWS) that are intended to deliver more comprehensive pre-flight weather information to pilots. The recommendations are based on the findings of NTSB accident investigations involving aircraft encountering adverse surface wind, dense fog, icing, turbulence, and low-level wind shear. While this information currently exists, it is not always provided directly to pilots by NWS preflight weather forecasts.
Audiences at aviation conferences possess important industry insights, but pilots are often reluctant to share some of that information publicly. Recognizing that fact and attempting to overcome audience resistance, François Lassale, CEO of Morrison, Colo.-based Vortex FSM and master of ceremonies at the Flight Safety Foundation’s business aviation safety summit (BASS) in San Diego, used the “Poll Everywhere” online software to anonymously gather useful safety information from the BASS audience and instantly project the results for the group to view.
“Humans are not naturally good at monitoring highly reliable automated cockpit systems for extended periods of time,” said NTSB member Robert Sumwalt. “And what do we have in our airplanes today…highly reliable, highly automated systems.”
The NTSB has scheduled a May 13 meeting with agricultural industry leaders and federal regulators to discuss its special investigation report on the safety of agricultural aircraft operations. The Board will announce several new safety recommendations being issued to the FAA and the National Agricultural Aviation Research & Education Foundation. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. EST at NTSB headquarters inWashington, D.C.
A helicopter, of as yet unknown type, operated under contract to Lukoil Overseas, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean May 9 while it was en route to an oilrig off the coast of Ghana. Three people aboard the aircraft were killed in the crash, while another person is missing. Four others survived but all were injured, one critically. The helicopter was on its third flight of the day at the time of the accident.