The White House announced on Tuesday President Obama’s nomination of Deborah Hersman to chair the National Transportation Safety Board. On the Board since June 2004, Hersman has been the member on scene at 15 major transportation accidents, seven involving aircraft.
AINalerts » June 11, 2009
The FAA recently issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO 09011) to provide guidance for Part 121 and 135 operators about the importance of using a constant angle of descent when conducting nonprecision instrument approaches. It issued the alert because a Part 121 operator conducting a nonprecision approach at night in IMC failed to control the descent rate and subsequently crashed short of the runway.
The National Air Transportation Association Air Charter Summit and FBO Leadership Conference that ended today underscored cautious optimism that the economy has bottomed and the business climate will begin improving soon.
On Tuesday, the NTSB opened a three-day hearing to focus on the January 15 ditching on New York’s Hudson River by an Airbus A320 operating as US Airways flight 1549 from La Guardia Airport. All 150 passengers and five crew escaped, though one flight attendant and four passengers were seriously injured.
Four men and one woman aligned with Plane Stupid, an activist group opposed to airport expansion in Europe, cut through the chain-link perimeter fence on the western side of England’s London City Airport on Wednesday at 2:30 a.m. They quickly covered the short distance to the closest airplane, a Beechjet 400A parked in front of the Jet Centre FBO, and attached themselves to the nosewheel using rubber-covered chains.
Pre-owned business jet inventories are stabilizing, but recovery of the business aircraft industry “still looks far off,” according to a recently released report from J.P. Morgan Research. The investment research firm said pre-owned inventories remained flat last month at 14.4 percent, marking the second consecutive month of status quo after rising for 14 months.