Airports that adopted the voluntary security measures of AOPA’s Airport Watch program saw a steep decline in crime the year after the program’s launch, according to a survey of 122 Pennsylvania noncommercial airports conducted by an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide educator.
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Gulfstream says its flight-data monitoring/flight operational quality assurance program “is already making a difference in safety to operators.” Introduced last year, the aircraft manufacturer’s flight operations risk management service (Forms) increases operational safety by measuring exposure to known risks, such as unstable approaches, system operating limits and adverse runway operations.
A final report from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said a missing rivet head on a fuel shutoff valve that likely led to inadvertent engine shutdown was one of four “contributory factors” that resulted in the crash of a Cessna Citation 500 on March 8 some two miles northeast of London Biggin Hill Airport.
The splashdown of US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River on Jan. 15, 2009, engendered a number of recommendations from the NTSB, aimed mostly at Part 121 operators and, by default, also at Part 91K fractional and 135 charter operators.
SMS is not just for airlines and corporate aviation, as John David, Nav Canada v-p for safety and quality, explained. The private agency put safety oversight in place soon after privatization. David is chair of the joint Nav Canada-Transport Canada safety committee. “We believe safety planning is key, so we have a manual for SMS policy-making and planning, with a safety charter that all Nav Canada employees must buy into,” he said.
Several of the most influential corporate aviation organizations offer specific tools to assist in implementation of SMS programs, according to John Sheehan, audit manager for the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). In addition to the IBAC’s Risk Analysis Guidelines, he listed the organization’s booklet “SMS Tools” for achievement of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).
sMS (safety management systems) and FOQA (flight operations quality assurance) are no longer just buzzwords, said Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) president and CEO Bill Voss in remarks opening last month’s FSF/ NBAA Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar.
In AIN’s upcoming June issue, we raise the question of whether new FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt is cracking down extra hard on the aviation industry. The question came up because the FAA seems to have publicized a growing number of enforcement cases against airlines and general aviation operators since Babbitt came onboard last June.
As a result of findings from US Airways Flight 1549–which lost power in both engines after hitting a flock of Canada Geese and successfully ditched in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009–the NTSB issued the following 25 recommendations to the FAA on May 21:
The November 2006 fatal crash of the Grob G180A SPn prototype was caused by failure of the twinjet’s horizontal stabilizer, according to the final report recently issued by the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU).