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News and information on safety procedures and concerns.

October 20, 2014 - 11:30am

Helicopter accidents happen when pilots allow themselves to take unnecessary risks, according to the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). “If pilots learn to recognize their attitudes for what they are, they can deal accordingly and operate safely.”

October 20, 2014 - 11:25am

Fifty-four percent of ultraviolet radiation will penetrate most aircraft windshields, according to Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a spokeswoman for the New York City-based Skin Cancer Foundation. Hale offered this insight along with a number of others to create awareness about the dangers of cancer to cockpit flight crews.

Sunscreen is a must, even in the air,” Hale said in a foundation news release. “It’s critical that pilots adequately protect their exposed skin, including hands and faces, with at least an SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen.”

October 20, 2014 - 11:25am

The FAA recently published a new advisory circular–AC 135-14B–to address operational procedures and equipment requirements for helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operators following an increase in fatal HAA accidents.

October 20, 2014 - 11:20am

NBAA will recognize five member companies for outstanding safe flying achievement at a luncheon tomorrow. PepsiCo and Weyerhaeuser will each receive the NBAA award for 60 years of safe flying, while Brunswick, Cummins and Sprint Flight Operations will receive the 50 years of safe flying award. The plaques will be awarded at the association’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) in Orlando, Fla.

October 20, 2014 - 11:15am

The Helicopter Association International will look at operational and flight safety issues faced by aerial firefighters and provide an overview of the upcoming 2015 fire season next month (November 17 to 19) at its firefighting safety conference in Boise, Idaho. The conference includes an interagency briefing with the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service. Attendance is free but advanced registration is required.

October 20, 2014 - 11:10am

New York resident John Michael Dial was sentenced on October 2 in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, Calif., to two years incarceration and 12 months of supervised release for operating a helicopter without a valid pilot certificate, as well as for operating under a false identity. A federal investigation revealed that from Dec. 16, 2009, to Aug. 4, 2010, Dial operated news helicopters in the San Francisco area under a false identity.

October 20, 2014 - 11:05am

The National EMS Pilots Association (Nemspa) published an online survey for helicopter air ambulance pilots to gather feedback for an upcoming aviation rule-making committee (ARC) considering potential changes to helicopter training requirements. The association will analyze the responses present its findings at the next ARC meeting, scheduled for the end of October.


October 20, 2014 - 11:00am

The Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics Special Committee 213, Enhanced Flight Vision Systems/Synthetic Vision Systems (EFVS/SVS), has scheduled a public meeting for November 5 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The meeting requires in-person visitors to pre-register.

October 20, 2014 - 10:40am

Representatives of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), the independent international safety organization, are showcasing here at the NBAA Convention the latest initiatives focused on the business aviation community. These efforts include development of a security risk assessment tool, an update of the FSF’s Fitness for Duty standards and setting best practices for inexperienced operators in regions undergoing rapid growth in business aviation activity.

October 18, 2014 - 1:40pm

Recently launched Wingspan Systems of Mission, Kan., is in Orlando this week (Booth 1637) for the debut of its new RampTrack ground accident avoidance warning system. As the name suggests, RampTrack is a ground-based technology to help FBOs and ground-handling personnel avoid aircraft accidents.

Employing its “sensor fusion software,” RampTrack places multiple types of sensors inside hangars and on ramps to detect problems and alert ground crews to the potential for an accident in time to plan for avoidance, both for aircraft being moved and those that are parked.