The pilots of the Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 involved in the February 12 crash near Buffalo, N.Y., that killed 50 people did not observe the so-called sterile cockpit rule and the captain appears to have violated Colgan Air’s policy prohibiting the use of the crew room to sleep overnight, according to testimony read this morning during the NTSB’s public hearing on the crash.
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In response to the significant worldwide increase in demand for safety management systems (SMS), ARG/US has developed SMS-related products and services under the new brand name Prism–professional resources in safety management.
Economic times may be tough, but it’s never a good time for operators to fail to invest in safety. This was the message that Bombardier Aerospace sent here in Geneva yesterday when, for the third successive year, it staged the European edition of its long-running Safety Standdown.
Although the U.S. remains the gold standard in aviation safety, a sharp rise in fatalities among on-demand air charter operations last year has raised a flag with the NTSB.
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.
What was initially feared to be a widespread problem that temporarily grounded 2,800 Bell 206s, 407s and 427s on March 12 now appears to be confined to about 100 newer-production helicopters. The Emergency AD (2009-07-51) was quickly modified to apply only to helicopters with fewer than 50 hours in service or those that have cyclic control lever assemblies that have less than 50 hours time in service. The
The FAA published CertAlert No. 09-06 on March 17 warning airport operators to act promptly when there are reports of FOD on runways. According to the alert, “The FAA’s Office of Safety and Standards has been made aware of instances where some airports have failed to take immediate and positive action following a report of FOD (on or near the runway) from flight crews.
The FAA is hailing three South Florida air traffic controllers for assisting Doug White, a fixed-wing single-engine-rated private pilot and passenger, in safely landing King Air B200 N559DW on April 12 after pilot Joe Cabuk Jr. became incapacitated minutes after takeoff from Marco Island (Fla.) Executive Airport.
New Zealand-based Spidertracks is offering a low-cost, portable satellite-tracking device that might appeal to helicopter operators. According to its designers, it is a carry-on accessory that does not need certification.
In the first quarter of this year, business aviation experienced fewer accidents, including those resulting in fatalities, than in the same period the previous year, but the overall number of deaths increased, according to statistics compiled by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.