A history of maintenance issues is unfolding at Chalks Ocean Airways, according to a series of recently released NTSB factual reports about last December’s crash of one of the carrier’s Grumman Mallard G73s in Miami, Fla., following separation of the right wing after takeoff. “The right wing fracture surfaces that were examined exhibited evidence of overstress and fatigue,” said the Safety Board.
The next flight you take could be much smoother, thanks to a new airborne weather radar design from U.S. avionics maker Rockwell Collins.
The Multi Hazard Detection weather radar includes a number of advanced features that the manufacturer said are intended to warn flight crews of potential areas of turbulence and provide extra information about developing storms.
A program intended to allow emergency response agencies to quickly identify, locate and coordinate helicopter assets is now available at Helicopter Association International's (HAI) Web site. The program has been in development since Hurricane Katrina "highlighted the shortcomings in emergency response contribution," said HAI.
Despite a rash of accidents in June involving U.S.-registered turbine business airplanes, there were fewer fatalities in the first six months of this year than in the same period last year, according to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.
Eric Wicksell is suing Bombardier for negligence, claiming the Challenger 601 is defective because operating and training manuals didn't disclose what he alleges is the twinjet's high susceptibility to icing. Wicksell was the copilot of the Challenger 601 involved in a crash at Montrose Regional Airport, Colo., on Nov. 28, 2004. Three people were killed in the accident, including a son of NBC Sports executive Dick Ebersol.
The FAA released Notice 8700.49, effective October 11, to guide FAA inspectors in helping operators develop Safety Management Systems (SMS). An SMS advisory circular–AC 120-92–was released on June 22, and since then the FAA has promoted the SMS concept industry-wide, at meetings such as the Bombardier Safety Standdown in early October and the Nascar race team SMS Safety Summit on October 20.
An excerpt from the NTSB’s update on its investigation into the crash of the Cirrus SR20 that hit the 30th floor of an apartment building on October 11 while trying to make a U-turn over the East River (New York) provides insight into the role of the wind. “Radar data indicate that the airplane was flying over the east side of Roosevelt Island prior to initiating a 180-degree turn.
Included in the several factors that the NTSB says contributed to the Feb. 2, 2005 crash of a Challenger 600 at Teterboro Airport was its determination that the third crewmember, or “cabin aide,” was not properly trained.
Within days of the Teterboro Challenger crash and weeks before the NTSB released recommendations as a result of its investigation into the accident, the FAA had started its scrutiny of air-taxi operators, which continues today.
The Safety Board determined that factors contributing to the Teterboro Challenger accident were Platinum Jet Management’s conduct of charter flights without FAA certification, false representation of itself as a charter operator and its failure to ensure that all for-hire flights were conducted in accordance with Part 135.