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News and information on safety procedures and concerns.

October 8, 2009 - 1:36pm

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is developing an emergency response planning manual for business aircraft owners and operators. The publication is due to be released in December and will be available to EBAA members and any operators based in Europe to help them establish their own emergency response plan (ERP).

October 1, 2009 - 6:45am

The U.S. Air Force has ordered a DeTect Merlin Aircraft Birdstrike Avoidance System to be installed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The Merlin system for Bagram is self-contained in a mobile unit and includes the SharpEye solid-state bird radar sensor system, which can detect bird activity to eight miles through 360 degrees “in all weather conditions,” according to DeTect.

September 30, 2009 - 7:15am

The FAA is expected to issue on October 1 its Advisory Circular on automatic runway foreign object debris (FOD) detection and alerting systems, following a seven-week industry comment period. The draft AC was issued on August 11 to coincide with the annual conference of National Aerospace FOD Prevention in Layton City, Utah.

September 30, 2009 - 5:38am

The FAA was expected to issue on October 1 its Advisory Circular on automatic runway foreign object debris (FOD) detection and alerting systems, following a seven-week industry comment period. The draft AC was issued on August 11 to coincide with the annual conference of National Aerospace FOD Prevention in Layton City, Utah.

September 3, 2009 - 1:35pm

On Tuesday, the NTSB issued 19 recommendations for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), addressing pilot training; safety management systems; collection and analysis of flight, weather and safety data; flight data monitoring; development of a low-altitude airspace infrastructure; and the use of dual pilots, autopilots and night vision goggles.

September 3, 2009 - 1:31pm

The FAA yesterday announced plans to modify the airspace over the Hudson River, in response to the August 8 midair of a Piper PA-32R and Liberty Helicopters Eurocopter AS 350B2 that killed nine. “The New York Airspace Task Force chartered on August 14 developed a comprehensive series of recommendations that we plan to implement as quickly as possible,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

September 2, 2009 - 11:50am

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is strongly recommending that the FAA include CRM training for single-pilot operations as part of its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on crew resource management for Part 135 crewmembers.

September 1, 2009 - 7:48am

On October 13 and 14, Avfuel is holding a quality-assurance and fire-safety seminar at the Avflight FBO at Capital City Airport in Lansing, Mich. The seminar is free for Avfuel customers (FBOs) and covers a variety of subjects, including oil refining, fuel properties, quality testing, safety, fuel storage facility maintenance, fire training, equipment maintenance and hands-on exercises at the Avflight FBO.

August 31, 2009 - 6:01am

After successfully developing the market for airbag inflatable seatbelts in new and existing light aircraft, Phoenix Ariz.-based AmSafe Aviation is targeting growth in the airline market and also trying to persuade business jet owners of the safety benefits offered by airbag seatbelts.

August 26, 2009 - 12:24pm

The FAA last month amended its certification standards for icing protection on transport-category airplanes. The new rule, which goes into effect September 2, will require new systems to increase pilot situational awareness during icing conditions.

 
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