Winners of the annual European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) Safety of Flight Awards were announced here at EBACE 2014. GlobeAir won the Bronze Award for 20 years or 40,000 hours of accident-free operation. London Executive Aviation took the Silver Award for its 30 years or 60,000 accident-free flight hours of operation, and the Gold Award went to Flying Service for 40 years, or 80,000 hours without an accident.
Accidents, Safety, Security and Training
News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports; information on safety procedures and concerns; crew, passenger, aircraft and airport security issues; and news about simulators and training procedures.
Slovenia-based charter management company Elit’Avia received approval from the Slovenian Civil Aviation Agency for extended-range operations (EROPS) for its Bombardier Global 6000 and Challenger 605. EROPS approval allows aircraft to fly routes that provide three-hour access over water using one engine to a suitable alternate airport, twice that for extended-range twin-engine operation performance standard (ETOPS) regulations. This allows for more direct routings.
Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aerospace announced the availability of web-based chart and navigation subscription updates from Jeppesen. The downloadable data stream replaces physical update disks shipped to the company’s E-Chart subscribers. It also allows pilots of Eclipse 550s and 500 Total Eclipses to import flight data directly into the Avio IFMS, thus eliminating a potential error point with manual data entry. The web-based charts are available to current E-Chart subscribers through Jeppesen’s website.
The National Transportation Safety Board on May 13 released the findings of its Special Investigation Report on the safety of agricultural aircraft operations, which can involve flying as low as 10 feet above the ground. That kind of flying presents risks from ground-based obstacles with scant room for error.
The International Civil Aviation Organization on May 14 agreed to work toward tracking airline flights, no matter their global location or destination. The specially convened ICAO meeting in Montreal on May 13 and 14 also established a framework for medium- and long-term future tracking efforts.
Aviation data provider Argus has highlighted deficiencies in safety management system audits in its latest Prism analysis of some SMS audit results from both private and commercial flight operations. Each audit looked for evidence of effective and efficient operations, as well as best SMS practices in line with ISBAO or FAA AC 120-92A standards. The report was created to highlight recurring deficiencies in those SMS audits.
Special ATC procedures for next month’s U.S. Open golf tournament at Southern Pines, N.C., take effect beginning June 7 for Moore County (SOP) Airport, Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County (TTA) Airport, Richmond County (RCZ) Airport, Laurinburg-Maxton (MEB) Airport and Fayetteville Regional (FAY) Airport.
Procedures will be in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily to maintain safety and minimize ATC delays.
A partnership between FlightSafety International and Gulfstream has created two science-based flight-crew training courses. One focuses on rejected takeoffs, while a second course reviews the physics of energy management during the aircraft descent.
NTSB and FAA investigators are initially crediting the traffic alert and collision avoidance system (Tcas) with preventing an April 25 midair between United Airlines and US Airways Boeing 757s while both airliners were under the control of Honolulu ATC center. Both aircraft were flying at FL300 when the Tcas aboard the United aircraft warned the crew to descend. The aircraft reportedly came within 2.2 nm laterally of one another.
Two Fokker 100s were involved in accidents on May 10. The first, operated by Iran Aseman Airlines, was damaged in a landing accident at Zahedan Airport (ZAH) in Iran when the aircraft’s left main landing gear failed to extend before it touched down on Runway 35. In the other, an IRS Airlines Fokker 100 operating a post-C-check ferry flight sustained substantial damage during a forced landing in the Ganla area of Niger. That airplane’s right main landing gear and nose gear collapsed during landing. Injuries in both accidents were not reported.