The preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the September 29 Citation CJ2 crash at Santa Monica revealed few answers to the real questions on investigators’ minds, like possible causes of the fatal accident.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s final report on the crash of a Beechcraft King Air 100 at Vancouver International Airport in October 2011 concluded that the chain of events that led to the accident began with poor pilot preflight action. Neither of the two pilots noticed the left engine’s oil reservoir cap was not firmly latched shut.
The crew was alerted to an oil leak in the left engine before takeoff but failed to take action until receiving a low oil pressure warning light about 10 minutes after takeoff.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plans to convene a two-day investigative hearing on December 10 and 11 to discuss the ongoing investigation of the crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport last July. The meeting will focus on pilot awareness in highly automated aircraft, emergency response and cabin safety.
American Eurocopter awarded Boston MedFlight its 2013 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award. Boston MedFlight is a not-for-profit organization providing critical care transport service to more than 2,700 patients a year.
The FAA has begun its investigation into the cause of a fatal Eurocopter AS350B3 crash in an open field near Somerville, Tenn., on October 22. The helicopter was on an emergency medical services flight at the time of the accident. The pilot and two pediatric nurses aboard died in the crash.
Baldwin Aviation (Booth No. 1117) is revising its SAVVY safety management system (SMS) software to integrate it with new technology that allows clients to create custom documentation tailored to their unique environments and operations.
Baldwin’s new system can take electronic client inputs and customize every data point, even those that are unique to a specific client. The revised system also can include more parameters, including service issue tracking and cloud integration. Baldwin spend two years revising SAVVY and began integrated the new changes in January.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has released a further update on its investigation into the August 23 ditching of a Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma off the Shetlands islands. The latest document reveals that during the approach the pilot’s attention was drawn several times to a too-low-height warning.
Honeywell added a new feature to its Ovation Select cabin management system that allows flight attendants or passengers to control entertainment and cabin comfort settings from a Samsung smartphone. The system can already be operated using an iPhone, iPad or other tablet devices. The control units allow users to scroll easily through moving-map display options or to change cabin lighting and temperature settings.
Three times is definitely the charm for Denise Wilson, president of Desert Jet (Booth No. C10439). For the third year in a row her company has earned the coveted Flying Safety Award from NBAA for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations. Just 45 charter companies have ever received this award, out of the 2,000 throughout the U.S. that are eligible each year. NBAA has been rewarding its members for flying safely since 1953.
Salvage teams attempting to recover the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from a Lao Airlines ATR 72-600 that crashed into the Mekong River in southern Laos on October 16 have narrowed the search area from some 650 feet to about 80 feet, but zero visibility, limited mechanical means, a five-knot river current and a lack of m