Coincidental to the early taste of winter weather the Northeast received in mid-October, NBAA–in conjunction with local airport user groups and state business aviation associations–sponsored a pair of cold-weather operational seminars aimed at exploring the challenges and threats presented by in-flight and ground icing, as well as runway contamination.
Aviation International News » November 2009
• In January 2006, two pilots flying an American Eagle Saab 340 out of San Luis County Regional Airport in San Luis Obispo, Calif., nearly lost control after the autopilot shut off during icing conditions on climb-out. The Saab 340 lost 5,000 feet during the recovery.
Ever since the crash of American Eagle Flight 4184 (an ATR 72) in Roselawn, Ind., on Oct. 31, 1994, the NTSB has been recommending that the FAA enact a new rule that the Board believes might have prevented these accidents. As a result of the crash of Flight 4184, the NTSB recommended that the FAA “prohibit the use of the autopilot” during encounters with icing conditions.
The swine flu, which has already reached the pandemic phase 6, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), could prove to be vexing for charter and business aircraft operators who often fly worldwide on short notice.
NBAA and AOPA will co-host a series of Light Business Airplane (LBA) conferences starting next year. Two LBA conferences will be held in 2010, the first in conjunction with the NBAA Convention in Atlanta next October and the second at AOPA’s Aviation Summit in Long Beach, Calif., the following month.
New NetJets chairman and interim CEO David Sokol has begun making changes at NetJets Europe, appointing a new boss to run the business and implement job cuts at its headquarters. Eric Connor has been appointed the new CEO and chairman of NetJets Europe following the October 4 resignation of CEO William Kelly “to pursue his own interests.”
Continuing the recent trend of safety improvement, business aviation accidents declined nearly 50 percent during the first three quarters of this year compared with the same period last year, according to statistics released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed sweeping legislation last month that could profoundly affect how regional airlines do business. H.R. 3371, the Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act of 2009, passed the House by a vote of 409 to 11.
Maximum Manuals launched an Internet-based minimum equipment list (MEL) generator that provides same-day MELs customized to the individual client and aircraft. The online system allows clients to choose their aircraft and manual preference, supply basic aircraft information and submit the manual for completion. MELs can be ready in three hours, Maximum Manuals president Doug Taylor told AIN.
In the wake of its investigation into the January 2007 fatal crash of a Hawker Beechcraft King Air A100 medical transport in Saskatchewan, the Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is calling on Transport Canada to enact stricter regulations on crew resource management training for all aircraft operators in Canada.
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