In 2008, the FAA issued new rules affecting pilots who fly the remaining fleet of more than 350 Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprops.
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The Air Charter Safety Foundation’s (ACSF) recently completed review of Part 135 incidents and accidents examines the safety record of the industry from 2004 to 2008. To compile the data, the foundation combed through the NTSB accident database and separated revenue flights from Part 91 events, including maintenance, ferry, positioning and instruction.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced January 13 that it is launching its General Aviation Airports Vulnerability Assessment as mandated by a congressional law.
As flight activity last year declined from that of the previous year–by between 14 and 20 percent–so too did the number of U.S. business aircraft accidents, according to year-end statistics released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates. Last year U.S.-registered business jets and turboprops were involved in 44 accidents compared with 64 the previous year, a 31-percent reduction.
Australia’s Sydney International Airport has modified its parallel runway operating procedures as a result of a November 2008 incident in which the crew of a Saab 340B lost control on approach while it was trailing an Airbus A380 landing on a parallel runway.
NBAA announced that the list of registered operators under the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) has surpassed the 200 mark. The code of best safety practices, released in 2002, is designed to help flight departments achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. IS-BAO is the only aviation industry code of practice recognized by ICAO and the EASA for meeting safety management system requirements.
A new Article 222 of UK Air Navigation Order 2009 makes it illegal “to shine any light at any aircraft in flight so as to dazzle or distract the pilot of the aircraft.” The country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) hopes the article, coupled with new technology used by police air support units, will increase conviction rates.
As the clock ticks toward the November compliance date for ICAO’s Annex 6 Part II, which contains standards and recommended practices for international operators of large aircraft and business jets, many aviation safety auditors are noting an increase in audit inquiries and bookings for certification to the International Business Aviation Council’s (IBAC) International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).
Aviation Research Group/US (ARG/US) is endorsing the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) as the “one standard that all operators of business jets around the world would be measured by and audited against.” According to ARG/US CEO Joe Moeggenberg, if the industry does not take this opportunity to make IS-BAO– along with its safety management system (SMS) component–the world standard, then each governmental aviation
The FAA is seeking comments on an Airworthiness Directive aimed at contaminated Halon 1211 used in some handheld cabin fire extinguishers. According to the FAA, “The contaminated nature of this gas, when used against a fire, may provide reduced fire suppression.