Industry groups, including NBAA, were working with the FAA late last year to get it to ease requirements on two issues that carried a January deadline.
The FAA has released an NPRM for FAR Part 145 repair stations that proposes revising the established rating system to eliminate the current class system in lieu of more general ratings such as “airplane.” In addition, it would require all Part 145 repair stations to implement an expanded quality- assurance program, citing its criticality to “maintaining safety.” The FAA estimates that developing the program at a small repair station would cost
Safety Management Systems (SMSs), popular in other industries for years, are coming to aviation because regulatory authorities, safety experts and industry leaders have proclaimed that SMS represents the future of safety management in our industry. Other countries have been working with safety management systems for years, and the SMS is now gaining traction in the U.S.
NASA disclosed last month that flight crew, ground crew, air traffic controllers and others involved in aviation operations can now securely submit electronic reports to the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS). Previously, NASA required users to mail reports to the ASRS offices in California. For more information, visit http://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/forms_nf.htm.
FAA Information for Operators 06005 (www.faa.gov/other_visit/aviation_industry/airline_operators/airline_safety/info) released last month alerts operators of aircraft equipped with TCAS and other collision or advisory devices of the potential for traffic advisories or other spurious signals caused by active transponders aboard
Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino, the pilot and copilot of the ExcelAire Legacy 600 involved in a midair with a Boeing 737 operated by Brazil’s Gol on September 29, returned to New York on December 9. Brazilian authorities confiscated their passports after the accident. The two pilots were allowed to leave Brazil only after their attorney in Brazil successfully filed for habeas corpus.
Europe’s skies have become safer since two landmark accidents, according to a new independent survey commissioned by air traffic management agency Eurocontrol. A December 4 report stated that the 42 European states surveyed have all “considerably strengthened” their air traffic management frameworks over the past four years.
In an effort to encourage users to take advantage of its online Event Reporting safety-management system, the Helicopter Association International (HAI) recently eliminated the $300 subscription fee and made the system free to anyone who wants to use it.
Citing a serious near collision of two widebodies in Chicago last July, the NTSB at a public meeting Tuesday called again for “effective action” by the FAA to counter the danger posed by potentially catastrophic runway collisions.
“It’s not a special process and we are following the same principles that we would for a small aircraft. The physics are the same,” said Dr. Norbert Lohl, certification director for the European Aviation Safety Agency, giving a somewhat modest assessment of the task his team has taken on to approve the world’s largest commercial airliner, the Airbus A380.