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News and information on safety procedures and concerns.

May 4, 2009 - 5:42am

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.

May 1, 2009 - 11:01am

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

May 1, 2009 - 7:05am

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.

May 1, 2009 - 7:02am

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.

April 30, 2009 - 11:54am

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.

April 30, 2009 - 11:21am

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.

April 30, 2009 - 6:00am

The FAA relented and on April 24 made its entire birdstrike database available to the public.

April 30, 2009 - 5:50am

A House aviation subcommittee hearing held last month on helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) safety sought to address the high accident rate, which resulted in 13 accidents and 35 fatalities in HEMS operations between December 2007 and October last year. FAA director of flight standards John Allen testified that the FAA is planning a rulemaking for HEMS safety initiatives.

April 29, 2009 - 7:39am

The greatest strength of the International Operators Conference (IOC) since its inception has been that it combines a review of the basics of international operations–avoiding gross navigational errors (GNEs), Customs and Immigration notification issues and ATC rules–with a relentless push to update flight department managers and crews about ever-evolving topics such as the moving target of new RNP technologies used to navigate oceanic airspac

April 29, 2009 - 5:11am

The FAA issued Information for Operators (InFO) 09005 last week, urging proper pilot training for boot operation and maintaining airspeed in de-icer-boot-equipped airplanes.