The FAA reauthorization bill is at odds with the European Union-U.S. Aviation Safety Agreement signed in March 2008, according to John Brutton, the EU’s U.S. ambassador in Washington. While the FAA’s proposal to inspect MRO companies outside the U.S. twice a year doesn’t sit well with the EU, Brutton also identified as sticking points additional proposed regulations pertaining to training European pilots in the U.S., investment in U.S.
Aviation International News » May 2009
In late March, Congress approved legislation to extend FAA funding from March 31 until September 30, the end of Fiscal Year 2009. While the extension gives lawmakers more time to work on H.R.915, “The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009,” Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), the ranking Republican on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, blasted Democrats over continued delays in reauthorizing the FAA.
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is showing the world how to safely monitor and control the movement of surface vehicles and greatly minimize the risk of runway incursions.
Schiphol is Europe’s fifth largest hub, with five instrument runways, more than 100 airline gates and two separate but totally coordinated control towers that handle about 110 movements per hour. Last year the airport recorded nearly 430,000 flight operations.
Cessna 510 Mustang, Carlsbad, Calif., April 19, 2008–According to the NTSB, the probable cause of the Mustang’s runway overshoot was the pilot’s misjudgment
of speed and distance. Factors were his failure to follow the autopilot preflight test- fail checklist and his distraction with a flickering primary flight display screen.
Approaching McClellan-Palomar Airport, the pilot selected vertical speed mode
Bombardier CL-600-2B19, Providence, R.I., Dec. 16, 2007–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the Air Wisconsin CRJ’s hard landing at Theodore Francis Green State Airport was the pilot’s attempt to salvage the landing from an instrument approach that exceeded stabilized approach criteria, resulting in a high sink rate, likely stall and hard landing that overtaxed the structural limitations of the airplane.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Salmon, Idaho, Dec. 10, 2007–Control of the King Air was lost as a result of the commercial pilot’s failure to remove ice and snow from the airplane before takeoff, according to the Safety Board. The pilot’s improper preflight preparation, falling snow and a low ambient temperature were factors.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 5, 2007–The NTSB blamed the crash of the cargo Caravan on “the pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control...due to spatial disorientation.” Factors were the low ceiling and night conditions. The Caravan was topped off and de-iced after landing at Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK).
Eurocopter SA 365N-1D Dauphin, District Heights, Md., Sept. 27, 2008–The Maryland State Police medevac helicopter crashed in a park in District Heights, killing the commercial pilot, a paramedic, a field provider and one of the two patients aboard. The heli- copter had picked up the two auto accident victims and was flying them to a hospital.
Dassault Falcon 100, Samedan, Switzerland, Feb. 12, 2009–The Bermuda-registered Falcon was destroyed when it crashed on landing at Samedan Airport in VMC. The flight crew was killed and the passengers seriously injured. The jet hit right wing low, drifted left and struck a snow bank. The Swiss Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau is investigating.
Bombardier CRJ, Tallahassee, Fla., March 1, 2009–After external power was applied in preparation for a Part 121 scheduled flight, the Atlantic Southeast Airlines CRJ experienced a cockpit fire. The captain and flight attendant left via an airstair. The fire burned an 18-inch hole in the left upper cockpit crown skin before being extinguished by the Tallahassee Regional Airport fire department.