The FAA announced today that it intends “later this year” to issue a formal notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to increase the mandatory airline pilot retirement age from 60 to 65. The planned proposal follows several other recent related actions.
Jet Aviation, the aviation services company founded in Switzerland in 1967, was recently singled out for a prestigious safety award by its insurer, AIG Aviation of Atlanta. The company’s European aircraft management and charter divisions received AIG’s Operational Excellence Award for 2003.
The pilot and copilot of Citation 500 YV-21CP were killed March 8 when the jet crashed during a second attempt to land at Oscar Machado Zuloaga International Airport in Caracas, Venezuela. There were no passengers on board. The aircraft, registered to Ingenieria Anapuya Co., was on a flight from Maturin, Venezuela. IMC prevailed.
From a safety perspective, last year was not a good year for the air medical sector. A spate of fatal accidents has led to much media speculation about the safety record of U.S. air ambulances and even the medical benefits of using them so (apparently) freely. It has also further tarnished a deteriorating rate apparent in statistics from previous years.
British investigation authorities implicated a manufacturing defect in the July 16, 2002, crash of a Sikorsky S-76 into the North Sea. Operated by Shell, the helicopter, G-BJVX, was completing a 13-minute leg between two rigs when one rotor blade failed, leading to separation of the entire rotor system. The two crewmembers and nine passengers died in the crash.
Cessna named West Star Aviation of Grand Junction, Colo., an authorized Citation service center and warranty fulfillment facility, one of six non-factory-owned authorized Citation service facilities in the U.S. West Star Aviation consists of more than 20 acres of ramp space and 140,000 sq ft of office and hangar space.
Cockpit voice recorder (CVR) transcripts indicate that the pilots of the Gulfstream III that crashed in IMC November 22 after being cleared for the Runway 4 ILS approach at Houston Hobby Airport had the VOR frequency tuned instead of the ILS. The Part 135 flight was on its way to pick up former President George H.W. Bush. According to the CVR, about 45 seconds before the crash, the pilot said, “Oh my, what’d you do to me?
Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) want to require pilots to respond to resolution advisories (RAs) from airborne collision avoidance systems (ACAS) in all circumstances. On March 1, the regulator issued a notice of proposed amendment (NPA) for JAR-OPS 1.398 rules covering ACAS operations.
When investigators inspected a King Air C90 after it collided with a weather station antenna, they found an obstruction light was embedded in the right wing, two propeller blades on the right engine were bent and the right horizontal stabilizer had a five- to six-inch gash. On December 18, at approximately 7 p.m., N55EP struck the antenna after departing from Runway 35 at Salt Lake City International Airport. Weather was IMC at the time.
An NTSB proposal to add to the list of events that must be reported as an accident or incident is getting little support from the industry.