An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) could soon be coming to civil airspace near you, and the FAA wants to know what you think. The safety considerations of mixing piloted aircraft in NextGen airspace with those flown by people on the ground or even totally by computer are serious concerns for most aviators.
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News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports.
Scott Arnold tells business aviation pilots they must learn to step outside their comfort zone and talk to their boss about issues related to passenger safety. Arnold, a member of NBAA’s Flight Attendant Committee, led a portion of a recent NBAA webinar focused on teaching cabin safety to corporate passengers.
The training requirements for a commercial pilot certificate in the U.S. don’t prepare aviators for the real world of airline operations, according to a report released in March by the GAO. Flight training also does not emphasize the skills required of young aviators hired by the regional airlines, often their first airline job.
With the potential of creating far-ranging consequences to a devastating accident more than a decade ago, the stage was set in a French court last Thursday to overturn the verdict against Continental Airlines in the July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde supersonic transport (SST) in Paris.
Preliminary Report: Large-Cabin Jet Destroyed in Runway Excursion
Gulfstream IV, Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Feb. 12, 2012–The U.S.-registered twinjet was destroyed after it left the runway while landing at Bukavu-Kavumu Airport, slid down an embankment and broke in two. According to reports, both pilots, one of the seven passengers and two people on the ground were killed.
Preliminary Report: Air Ambulance Flight Skids on Landing
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau last week published the final report on a March 2010 crash of an EMB-120 Brasilia during an in-flight training exercise at Darwin Airport. The crash killed both pilots, the captain and an instructor who was evaluating that pilot’s flying abilities.
A mechanic at Glendale Municipal Airport (KGEU), Ariz., while standing next to a Robinson R44 during a maintenance run of the engine on Friday last week, lost control of the aircraft, which had been parked between two buildings near the airport’s south hangar.
The National Transportation Safety Board last week recommended to the FAA that Boeing be required to develop a method to protect the elevator power control unit input arm assembly on 737-300 through -500 series airplanes from foreign object debris.
Sources at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego released the names of the seven soldiers killed in last week’s midair collision under clear night skies between an AH-1W “Cobra” and an UH-1Y “Huey.” A spokesman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Miramar said the investigation is expected to take months and refused to comment on any possible causes for the collision.
NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman, keynote speaker at today’s HAI Membership breakfast and meeting here at Heli-Expo 2011, praised HAI for its creation of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and its new Safety Accreditation Program. And she also challenged the HAI membership to continue its efforts to promote Safety Management Systems (SMS) through IHST’s SMS Toolkit.