The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) released its updated safety review of the on-demand air charter industry yesterday. The “Part 135 Incident/Accident Review” takes a comprehensive look at the factors surrounding charter incidents and accidents from 2004 to the end of last year. In conducting the study, the ACSF analyzed Part 135 on-demand incidents and accidents reported in the NTSB database and identified non-revenue flights flown under Part 91 that were under the control of a certificate holder. These maintenance, ferry, positioning and instructional flights conducted under Part 91 were not included in the review. According to the ACSF’s findings, approximately 67 percent of all revenue flight accidents, and 63 percent of non-revenue, occurred in visual meteorological conditions. It also found that revenue accident flights involving transportation to/from oil rigs represent 16 percent of all accidents on an average annual basis. “The ACSF refrains from drawing specific conclusions about these figures as the means to place them into proper context depends on an accurate reporting of flight hours in each category,” the association said. Unfortunately, “Such data is not collected by either the FAA or NTSB.” Copies of the report are being delivered to ACSF members; non-members can order a copy from the association for $30.
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Maximum Manuals developed a turnkey process for charter operators to apply for approval and implement use of the Apple iPad as an electronic flight bag (EFB). The company’s iPad EFB program offers a comprehensive solution that includes submittal package for application to the FAA, training program for flight crews, supplemental language for company documents and customer support throughout the approval process to obtain A061 Ops Specs.
DassaultFalcon recently received certification for the Falcon 900LX from the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China. This winglet-equipped version joins the rest of the Falcon 900 series, as well as the 7X and Falcon 2000 line, in being certified in China. The first Falcon 900LX will be delivered in China by year-end, according to Dassault Falcon. The Falcon 900LX was announced in May 2008 at Ebace and received FAA and EASA certification last July.
Aircraft auxiliary power units (APUs) can now remain on while radiation checks are conducted on aircraft entering the country, as long as the exhaust vents for those units are eight feet above the ground or higher. Cooperation between U.S. Customs officials and NBAA representatives led to the new procedures, which greatly streamlines radiation inspections without sacrificing security protections. NBAA said the shutdown requirement emerged when Customs agents began screening all aircraft arriving in the U.S. using radiation isotope identifier devices, causing “significant ground delays.”
CitationAirby Cessna added Hawaii to its U.S. service area today, making the destination available to all of its customers, including Jet Card, Jet Access, Jet Shares, Jet Management and Corporate Solutions clients. For a guaranteed price, customers have access to an all-inclusive, round-trip service on a Cessna Citation X or equivalent aircraft from San Francisco or Van Nuys, Calif., to approved Hawaiian destinations for up to six passengers.
Eclipse Aerospace received FAA approval for its newly redesigned PhostrEx fire-suppression system canister on the Eclipse 500. The new, all-welded canister stores the contents at a lower pressure, resolving the leakage of the original design. The improved PhostrEx canister was tested extensively and consistently met all design specifications. Eclipse Aerospace placed a production order for the new canisters, which are expected to be available for purchase beginning in August.
The hybrid Aircell Cabin Wireless Access Point (CWAP) and Gogo Biz system STC’d and installed in an Embraer 135 corporate shuttle by Constant Aviation is not being STC’d by the Cleveland-based avionics and aircraft maintenance firm for the Citation X, Beechjet 400A, Hawker 800A/XP, Phenom 300 and corporate-configured Boeing 737, as was reported in last Thursday’s Alerts. Instead, these five pending STCs are only for the GoGo Biz system. Constant melded the CWAP system for airliners with GoGo Biz on the Embraer shuttle to increase the number of devices that can connect to the onboard broadband system from 25 (the limit for GoGo Biz) to 75 total.