The world’s largest passenger aircraft set another record last month, when Airbus deployed 16 emergency slides at the same time using only the A380’s battery power.
On November 23 the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will adopt an amendment to increase the age limit for airline pilots to 65, provided another crewmember pilot is younger than 60. On September 27 the FAA established an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) on the Age 60 issue. Its principal task is to recommend whether the U.S. should adopt the new ICAO standard.
Dassault Falcon selected VisionSafe’s emergency vision assurance system as optional equipment for Falcon jet operators. Marketed and distributed by EVASWorldwide, more than 1,200 of the systems, which displace smoke in cockpits so that pilots can see instruments and land safely, have been delivered (see related story on page 18).
The Internet is yielding important safety benefits for aviation, making critical information available to many more aviation participants and helping regulatory authorities disseminate safety material. The FAA has taken advantage of the Web and offers a mass of information online.
Disruption of a terrorist plot to bomb airliners flying from the UK to the U.S. prompted the Transportation Security Administration this morning to raise the aviation sector threat condition to high (orange) for all U.S. domestic airline flights and those bound to the U.S. from any foreign country except the UK. Flights to the U.S.
A recent study of non-military multi-engine jet aircraft bird encounters over a 30-year period has resulted in proposed revisions to the engine bird ingestion airworthiness standards of Part 33. According to the FAA, the study showed 340 bird-ingestion events out of 325 million departures.
NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) expressed concern about the FAA’s June notice requiring the addition of a 15-percent landing-distance safety margin. NBAA and NATA believe that the FAA is bypassing the normal regulatory process.
The FAA is expected to push back “a few weeks” the implementation dates for the 15-percent runway safety margin requirement. A four-week delay, for example, would require air carriers to submit compliance procedures to their POI by October 1, with implementation required by November 1.
The NTSB on Friday released to the FAA its formal recommendations (A-06-42 and A-06-43) resulting from its investigation into the fatal crash of a Challenger 600 during takeoff from Montrose, Colo., on Nov. 28, 2004.
New and revised performance and handling qualities requirements for normal- (Part 27) and transport-category (Part 29) rotorcraft have been proposed.