A U.S. District Court in Orlando, Fla., indicted Reginald Wayne Sibley, Jr., on November 20 for operating an aircraft without an airman’s certificate, as well as for making false statements on an FAA medical application. Sibley is the registered owner of Orlando-based Intelijet Air. The indictment alleges that Sibley fraudulently received $26,133 for operating passenger flights without an FAA operating certificate. Sibley reportedly made the flights by fraudulently claiming to be part of an approved certificate of a charter operator in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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The FAA announced last week that it proposed fines against both Great Lakes Aviation and Southwest Airlines for unrelated FAR violations. The FAA claims that Great Lakes flew a Beech 1900 on 19 different occasions when the aircraft’s de-icing fluid was heated to temperatures exceeding the 180-degree limit that could possibly damage the aircraft. Southwest Airlines was accused of incorrectly wiring a windshield heater switch on a Boeing 717 and operating that aircraft on 1,140 passenger flights before the error was detected.
While the DOT has made some progress in its information security program, some systems remain vulnerable to significant security threats stemming from deficiencies in policies and procedures, enterprise-level controls, system controls and management of known security weaknesses, according to a recent audit report from the department’s office of the inspector general (IG). The IG made a number of recommendations.
The NTSB has a full line-up of experts poised to testify during testimony into the July 6 crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 at San Francisco. Discussions range from Boeing 777 cockpit design to Asiana’s pilot training and to an additional look into the effect of automation on human performance. The hearing begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow (December 10) and 8:30 a.m. on December 11 at the NTSB’s boardroom in Washington, D.C. The pilots of the flight are not expected to attend.
Strong wind accompanying record storms in Britain, which experts said produced the worst tidal surge in the North Sea for 50 years, forced several airline pilots to conduct go-around maneuvers as they attempted to land. One amateur video recorded two landing attempts (Emirates and Brussels Airlines) at Birmingham Airport in central England, where gusts exceeding 50 mph were reported.
The House aviation subcommittee cleared legislation yesterday that would force the FAA to follow established rulemaking processes before implementing a new requirement that some pilots be screened for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) before receiving a medical certificate. The bill, H.R. 3578, was introduced on November 21 by Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), chairman of the Transportation Committee’s aviation subcommittee.
Under a new partnership announced yesterday, Argus’s charter aircraft operator ratings and search filtering are now part of CharterPad’s online charter marketplace. CharterPad is also increasing the number of Argus-rated operators in its system, with nearly half of all such operators having joined CharterPad. Besides the Argus ratings, CharterPad’s main dashboard also includes a link directly to the aviation services company’s TripCheq system, which provides charter customers with a comprehensive analysis of a company’s credentials specific to a trip.
Even as researchers study ways to improve detection of in-flight icing and make airframes and engines more resistant to icing conditions, they continue to struggle to understand the icing phenomenon–especially the formation of ice crystals–according to speakers at a conference on the subject organized by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Cologne, Germany recently. Ice-prevention techniques present their own challenges, which aircraft makers, airports and ground handlers are endeavoring to solve.
The Performance-based Operations Aviation Rulemaking Committee (PARC) last week publicly released the final report that its Flight Deck Automation (FDA) working group delivered to the FAA in September. The FDA group was established by PARC, which provides industry-led guidance for the FAA, to address the safety and efficiency of modern flight-deck systems for flight-path management, including energy-state management, for both current and future operational use.
Boeing and GE have warned companies operating Boeing 747-8 and 787 airliners powered by certain versions of General Electric’s GEnx engines about the risk of in-flight internal-engine icing that can reduce engine performance if aircraft wander too close to areas of significant precipitation, like thunderstorms at high altitudes. Engine models affected are the GEnx-2B on the 747-8 and the GEnx-1B on the 787 Dreamliner.