Law

February 4, 2013 - 2:45pm

The Turkish Civil Aviation General Directorate plans to levy fines against passengers who violate no-smoking regulations, as well as those who fail to turn off electronic devices when asked or fail to remain seated when signs illuminate. These offenses will result in a fine of approximately $568, while the penalty for anyone on the ground convicted of pointing a laser at an aircraft will be $5,680.

February 4, 2013 - 6:00am

The FAA proposed two civil penalties totaling $633,000 against Bridgeton, Mo.-based Trans States Airlines last month for alleged maintenance violations involving two Embraer ERJ145s.

In the first case, the FAA alleges Trans States improperly installed replacement radio altimeter antenna cables on two airplanes and then operated the noncompliant airplanes on 268 revenue flights. Inspectors found the new cables lying unsecured to the airframe inside each aircraft’s large aft wing-to-fuselage fairing rather than mounted to the walls. The violation would carry a fine of $322,000.

January 28, 2013 - 2:35pm

The FAA has proposed two civil penalties totaling $633,000 against Trans States Airlines. The carrier is alleged to have operated two Embraer ERJ145 regional jets on 3,660 passenger flights while the aircraft were out of compliance with FARs.

January 2, 2013 - 5:10am

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), a global organization dedicated to reducing the civil helicopter accident rate, has added Robinson Helicopter president Kurt Robinson to its executive committee. He is a commercial helicopter pilot and he holds an MBA and a law degree from the University of San Diego.

January 2, 2013 - 12:40am

Against the bitter aftermath of the 2006 midair between a Legacy 600 and a Gol 737 over the Amazon jungle that was fatal for all aboard the jetliner, Brazilian safety experts recently set out to show the nation’s prosecutors and judges that criminalizing aircraft accidents will never improve aviation safety.

December 12, 2012 - 2:53pm

Two men pleaded guilty to charges related to the unlawful export of aircraft and aircraft parts from the U.S. to Iran, according to David Hale, U.S.

December 12, 2012 - 9:29am

The FAA has determined that its December 2011 rulemaking on pilot flight duty and rest requirements for Part 121 passenger carriers was correct in excluding all-cargo operators from the stricter rules.  

December 10, 2012 - 2:00pm

A UK inquest has convened to investigate the death of Steve Mills, chief fire officer at Cotswold Airport (EGBP) in western England. The jury heard testimony last week that confirmed the officer died when a five-foot cylinder of compressed gas exploded as he tried to remove it from an airport structure he was involved in rehabbing. According to testimony, other firefighters previously expressed concerns about safety precautions being taken during removal of the cylinders, but were later put at ease about the process by Mills. The chief was working alone when the cylinder exploded.

December 10, 2012 - 1:55pm

Donne Trotter, a member of the Illinois State Senate, was arrested and jailed overnight on felony charges on December 5 after TSA screeners at Chicago O’Hare International Airport found a loaded .25 caliber gun in his carry-on luggage. Trotter, charged with attempting to board a flight to Washington Reagan Airport, possessed a valid Illinois gun permit. However, the weapon was not registered within the City of Chicago. Trotter, who moonlights as a security guard, said he simply forgot he was carrying the weapon. Trotter was considered a prime candidate to replace U.S.

December 3, 2012 - 2:03pm

Some Brazilian industry experts are convinced that criminalization will never improve aviation safety and they have been trying to persuade some the country’s judges and prosecutors to accept this premise in the wake of contentious accidents such as the 2006 midair between an Embraer Legacy and an a Gol Airlines Boeing 737. A week-long course beginning on November 26 in the capital Brasilia focused on the pros and cons of criminalization before an audience of federal judges, prosecutors, aviation safety investigators and assorted military officers and lawyers.

 
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