Satcom Direct and FlightSafety International are now offering cabin communication training for flight crews and maintenance technicians at FSI’s learning center in Teterboro, N.J. The curriculum delves into the inner workings of aircraft communications equipment, including how the satellite functions and instruction on the use of cabin Internet and voice systems for the flight crew. During the course, both flight crews and maintenance technicians will learn what steps to take when faced with an inoperative system while in flight or on the ground.
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.
First-quarter revenues at NetJets and FlightSafety International soared by 12 percent and 14 percent, respectively, according to parent company Berkshire Hathaway. Higher revenues at NetJets reflected increased sales of fractional aircraft and flight services revenues due to increased flight hours, while FlightSafety’s increase was the result of increased simulator training activity. Quarterly revenues at its services businesses, which include NetJets and FSI, increased by $284 million, to $2.4 billion, while profits climbed by $34 million, to $243 million.
The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) wrapped up a four-stop roadshow–held last month in Shanghai, Singapore, Jakarta and Hong Kong–that provided free information sessions for Asian business aviation operators.
AOPA and Jeppesen announced a new partnership that will support many of the programs that “educate and engage” AOPA pilot members across the U.S. Under the agreement, Jeppesen will support and participate in AOPA Foundation Air Safety Institute seminars, the 2014 regional AOPA fly-ins and the association’s 75th anniversary “Homecoming” Fly-In at its Frederick, Md. headquarters.
AOPA members will benefit from Jeppesen’s support through AOPA Air Safety Institute seminars, which qualify as the ground portion of the FAA Wings program.
Several aviation industry groups, including NBAA, expressed strong support for two Senate security bills: S.1893, the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act; and S.1804, the Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act. The former would streamline the TSA’s acquisition process and allow for better congressional oversight of TSA resources.
The CAE/AgustaWestland Rotorsim joint venture has received EASA and Italian ENAC approval for its CAE Series 3000 AW189 full-motion simulator to level-D qualifications. The new simulator will be based at AgustaWestland’s new simulation building at the A. Marchetti Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy.
Business aviation’s strong accident record is no reason for operators to rest on their laurels, NTSB member Robert Sumwalt reminded attendees at the recent FSF business aviation safety summit (BASS). Sumwalt, former manager of aviation for Scana and a retired US Airways pilot, is a man obsessed with the pursuit of improving aviation safety. He reminded the audience that leadership is about influencing others. “Your job as leaders in business aviation is to make sure accidents don’t happen on your watch. You must also be constantly trying to improve. You need a leadership obsession.”
The pilots of a Cessna Citation CJ2+ on the last leg of an international ferry flight on April 29 from Zurich, Switzerland, to Harrisburg, Pa., initially experienced a single engine control system fault on the number-two Williams FJ44 turbofan as they were descending through 15,000 feet. The 2009 CJ was being vectored for an ILS approach to Harrisburg International Airport (MDT), where the cloud base was about 500 feet.
Malaysia’s transport ministry released a five-page preliminary report on May 1 into the disappearance of MH370, the Boeing 777 that has not been seen since it departed Kuala Lumpur March 8 for Beijing. The aircraft carried 227 passengers and a crew of 12. The new report adds little, if any, new information about the disappearance.
Ellen Saracini, widow of United Airlines Flight 175 captain Victor Saracini, has not relented in her attempts to see secondary security barriers installed on all airliners while also trying to ensure the barrier equipment already installed on some transport aircraft is not removed.