The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to issue fuel tank inerting rules in September in a bid to reduce the risk of explosions. In 1996, just such an explosion caused the in-flight break-up of a TWA Boeing 747, and the new FAA mandate will target both new and in-service airliners.
NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker told the House aviation subcommittee yesterday that his agency is disappointed with the FAA’s response to five of six aviation items on the NTSB’s Most Wanted List of safety improvements.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and a number of heavy hitters in the air charter industry have created the Air Charter Safety Foundation to promote Part 135 safety initiatives, including an industry-wide standard safety audit and adoption of safety management systems. Once an operator has completed the audit, the operator’s information will be included in an online registry for charter customers and others to review.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), in a response document released last week, reaffirmed its position on user fees and defied the FAA’s position, stating that the current FAA funding structure is sufficient to fund the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
The head of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) told members of Congress early last month that they should support three pending bills that would boost efforts to attract young people to science, math and engineering studies.
Approach and landing accidents cause 45 percent of hull losses, according to the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), despite the fact that this phase of each flight accounts for just 4 percent of flying time. In an effort to address the number of accidents that occur in that brief but critical phase, NBAA began distributing an approach and landing accident reduction (ALAR) training aid at the NBAA International Operators Conference.
According to many aviation consultants, aviation is about to enter a period of growth broader than it has experienced in quite a while. Several world events–including the rising cost of fuel–are driving this growth. It seems many operators are replacing their older corporate aircraft with modern, more fuel-efficient aircraft. First-time operators acquiring new aircraft are also driving growth.
The more than 400 maintenance professionals working for Flight Options will be covered by the FAA’s Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), according to a recently signed memorandum of understanding (MOU). In March 2006, Flight Options became the first fractional provider to establish ASAP for its pilots. ASAP is a voluntary reporting program that provides a mechanism for company personnel to identify potential safety hazards.
House and Senate bills to require all airport employees with access to secure and sterile areas of an airport to undergo metal detection screening in the same manner as airline passengers is drawing criticism from the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).
As its name implies, the Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar, hosted by the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and NBAA, focused on the common theme of improving the safety record in the corporate aviation sector.