On Monday, Brazilian Federal Court judge Murilo Mendes cleared U.S. pilots Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino of negligence charges related to the September 2006 midair between a Gol Boeing 737-800 and the Embraer Legacy 600 the pair were ferrying on its delivery flight to their employer, ExcelAire of Long Island.
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The NTSB, which participated in the investigation into the September 2006 midair between a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 and an ExcelAire-owned Embraer Legacy 600, authored an appendix to the final accident report issued yesterday by Cenipa, Brazil’s safety agency. All 154 aboard the 737 were killed in the accident, while the damaged Legacy successfully made an emergency landing.
Dubai-base Elite Jets has become the first company in the Middle East to obtain the coveted IS-BAO certification from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). The Middle East Business Aviation Association is a member of IBAC.
It is an old but still valid saying that “safety is no accident,” although to Gates Aviation Consulting (Stand No. 227) the subject is rather complex and the company is ready to offer its expertise to business aviation operators and users. Managing partner Ron Lindsay and senior consultant David Saunders can provide plentiful examples of how safety can be overlooked.
Due to a high number of fatal aeromedical accidents over the past year, the NTSB yesterday announced it will hold a public hearing on the safety of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operations. The three-day hearing will begin on February 3 at the NTSB’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
RDT (Stand No. 542) has introduced the new Tempus IC version of its in-flight medical emergency response system. The new model is significantly lighter and more compact than the original Tempus 2000 system and offers new communications tools that allow for new functions such as streaming live video of patients to doctors on the ground.
Aviation deaths decreased from 784 in 2006 to 545 last year, according to the NTSB. Although nearly 90 percent of the 2007 aviation fatalities occurred in general aviation accidents (491), they still represented a significant decrease from the previous year (703). Marine deaths decreased from 800 to 766, and rail fatalities increased slightly from 774 to 808.
In the first three quarters of this year, both the business jet and turboprop segments saw an increase in accidents and fatalities over the same period last year, according to statistics compiled by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates. In the business jet category, this year saw four more accidents compared with the first nine months of last year.
Those who don’t learn from the mistakes of the past are destined to repeat them. That’s why the FAA today announced the establishment of a new online safety library that teaches lessons learned from “some of the world’s most historically significant transport airplane accidents.” Many of the lessons learned from these tragedies are timeless, the FAA said, and are applicable to all pilots regardless of what airplane(s) they fly.
According to aviation safety consulting firm Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla., there has been a “considerable increase” in the number of accidents (both fatal and nonfatal) and fatalities involving business jets and turboprops in the first nine months of this year.