There were no fatal accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets in the first half of this year, compared with three such accidents and seven fatalities in the same period last year, according to Robert E. Breiling Associates. Corporate/executive jet operators were not involved in any accident in the first half of this year or last year.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association is urging the European Union to unify rules for general aviation operations rather than leave regulation to individual member states of the EU.
A reminder that Customs & Border Protection regulations for transmission of crew and passenger information for commercial operators will be changing on Monday (June 6).
The FAA unveiled a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) last week that addresses airworthiness standards related to cabin interiors for transport-category airplanes in private-use passenger operations. Type certification requirements have historically been separate from and independent of operational standards.
Test pilots from NASA and Gulfstream this summer are flying
a GV equipped with a synthetic-vision system (SVS) intended to improve pilot situational awareness and prevent CFIT accidents. NASA is using the airplane to explore advanced vision and runway-incursion technologies that could one day be brought to civil aviation.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) said in a letter to the FAA that Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) should not be mandatory. According to the association, language contained within the SAFOs might allow some FAA inspectors to think they are.
Business aviation experienced 25 accidents in the first six months of this year, down from 29 in the same period last year, according to data released last week by Robert Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. There were also fewer fatal accidents—eight accidents and 14 fatalities this year versus nine accidents and 23 fatalities in the same period last year.
The 12th annual NBAA Flight Attendants Conference, held June 29 and 30 in San Diego, stressed safety and security, as well as service and career development.
Business jets make up a small percentage of UK commercial air traffic–3.5 percent–but a recent analysis of air traffic safety indicates that the rate of incidents and accidents among business jets is higher than among other types of commercial turbine aircraft flying in UK airspace.
The FAA has expanded its Airspace Flow Program, which gives airlines the option during the peak summer season to accept delays for flights scheduled to fly through storms or to fly longer routes to maneuver around them.