Air safety

March 7, 2007 - 5:39am

The September 29 midair collision between an Embraer Legacy and a Gol Airlines 737 over the Amazon was a baptism by fire for Bill Voss, who took over as president of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) a couple of days later.

He was immediately thrown into the midst of an international incident when Brazil confiscated the passports of the two American pilots of the business jet to prevent them from leaving the country.

March 7, 2007 - 4:57am

New FAA Notice N8000.351 provides procedures on how to complete the application for second-in-command (SIC) pilot type ratings. The notice also explains the final rule that the FAA issued on Aug. 4, 2005, about the requirement for an SIC pilot type rating for flights where the aircraft’s type certification requires a minimum crew of at least two pilots and the flight will be outside U.S. airspace involving a landing in a foreign country.

March 7, 2007 - 4:55am

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released a revised Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP), effective March 12. According to the National Air Transportation Association, the agency accepted “very few” of the recommendations the industry made, adding it is “disappointed with the TSA’s failure to correct serious concerns with the TFSSP.”

February 20, 2007 - 10:43am
February 19, 2007 - 4:58am

Addison, Texas-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, which services the more than 400 MU-2s operating outside of Japan, expressed its approval and cooperation with the FAA’s safety evaluation of the twin turboprop. Further, the company has contracted former NTSB investigator Greg Feith to assist in the review.

February 19, 2007 - 3:47am

The NTSB is asking the FAA to require Part 121 and 135 airlines to incorporate bounced landing recovery techniques in their flight manuals and to teach these techniques during initial and recurrent training.

February 16, 2007 - 6:18am

A University of North Dakota (UND) Citation II research jet made an emergency landing near Beaver, Alaska, on September 30 after both engines flamed out at 9,200 feet msl in clouds. Unable to accomplish an airstart, pilot Paul DeHardy “maneuvered the aircraft to a successful emergency landing 70 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska.” None of the four crewmembers, one of whom is a researcher with Sikorsky Aircraft, sustained injuries.

February 15, 2007 - 9:57am

Jeffrey Sands, director of flight operations for Altria, disclosed results of his company’s participation in a Flight Safety Foundation demonstration of a flight operational quality assurance (FOQA) program. Altria has two years of results from its three Gulfstream IV-SPs, using data downloaded from the airplane’s quick access recorder (QAR) sent to data-analysis vendor Austin Digital.

February 15, 2007 - 9:56am

With one congressman calling it “dead on arrival,” the FAA yesterday released its new proposal for financing the agency over the next 10 years, a plan that would more than triple general aviation fuel taxes, from 21.8 cents per gallon to 70 cents per gallon, and create a mishmash of new and/or higher fees for such things as pilot licensing, aircraft certifications and other services.

February 13, 2007 - 10:10am

Responding to a request by Boeing, the FAA has extended the comment deadline from today to April 16 on its proposal amending digital flight data recorder (DFDR) regulations of Parts 121 and 135 to prohibit “filtering” of signals. During several accident investigations, the NTSB found that some DFDRs were filtering signals before they were recorded.

 
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