Higher numbers of regional airline travelers in Europe have not meant greater environmental impact, according to European Regions Airline Association (ERA) director-general Mike Ambrose. Rather, the industry is flying bigger aircraft at record passenger load factors (PLFs)–the highest in 20 years of ERA data collection.
The FAA released official guidance last month regarding ATC’s ability to define and describe precipitation to pilots, including the terms controllers will use to describe the area of weather. With the advancement in radar technology, controllers can now determine the level of precipitation in the atmosphere, as opposed to simply where an area might be present.
Implementing safety management systems (SMS) and developing operator decision-making skills are imperative to improving the accident record for helicopters. That was the message more than 100 helicopter pilots, crewmembers and industry managers heard at the third annual Helicopter Safety Forum, co-sponsored by FlightSafety International and Rotor & Wing magazine, held this year in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Proponents awaiting European approval for commercial single-engine operations at night or under instrumental meteorological conditions (SE-IMC) should not hold their collective breath. It could be another three years before formal clearance for such
operations–roughly equivalent to U.S. commercial single-engine instrument flight rules–are approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has called for a hearing later this spring on falsified medical certificates after the Transportation Department’s Inspector General found “egregious” cases of airmen lying to the FAA about medical conditions to pass their medical exams.
Comments are due June 11 on a proposal from the FAA to increase the duration of first-class and third-class medicals for airmen under the age of 40. Currently, first-class medical certificates are valid for six months, regardless of age. Third-class medical certificates are valid for 36 months for pilots under 40.
The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) convention usually offers a sneak preview of the future of general aviation avionics. This year there were plenty of product introductions, but the real news from AEA 2007 unfolded before the show started.
The FAA last week issued an Unapproved Parts Notification for George Myles and his company, Miles Aviation of Pompano Beach, Fla., nearly a month after a U.S. District Court sentenced Myles to a 76-month prison term. He was convicted of falsifying documents about parts he sold to various customers, both civilian and military.
A recently posted FAA Fact Sheet aimed at curbing the alleged myths about the agency’s funding proposal has been strongly criticized by a coalition of general aviation interests as being far from factual.
The National Air Transportation Association and NBAA have reacted swiftly to the FAA’s warning that the agency might withhold funding for the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) due to "budgetary shortfalls." In a June 16 letter to FAA associate administrator for aviation safety Nicholas Sabatini, the two trade groups said "the ASRS program is a tremendous safety benefit to all users of the aviation system.