The U.S. aviation system received a score of 91 out of 100 in a new safety audit released by the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations agency that oversees international civil aviation.
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According to data released by 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.
The Aircraft Performance Group (Booth No. 4688) on Monday announced that its runway analysis program with weight-and-balance system will be available for use on mobile devices, using the company’s new Mobile Performance WB software. The APG software is on display here at NBAA’08 and will be available for hands-on demonstrations.
Remote medical care provider MedAire (Booth No. 1075) yesterday renewed its contract
with Boeing Business Jets to supply medical services and equipment on board each BBJ the manufacturer delivers. Boeing has also extended the service to include 747-8 and 787 VIP-configured jets.
Aviation Research Group/US (Booth No. 2110) announced the launch of its Web-based safety management system toolkit, which includes a hazard-report tracking system, an internal evaluation program manager and a flight-risk analysis tool.
The National Business Aviation Association presents Pilot Flying Safety Awards each year to the member company pilots with exemplary safety records. To be eligible for an award, a pilot must have flown corporate aircraft 1,500 hours without an accident, but the actual number of safe hours flown by many of the 2007 top pilots, who have already received their awards, are much higher. The top recipient, George Thomsen, has logged 30,136.
South Carolina-based Baldwin Aviation (Booth No. 3372) has expanded its Safety Management System (SMS) services with the introduction of its online SMSplus program.
Crow has been a family business since 1947, and is run by Eric Barnum, who has been president since 1982. He told NBAA Convention News that Crow operates three Bombardier Learjet 35As–“one of the most versatile aircraft in the fleet in terms of payload and speed; it’s hard to beat,” he said–and a Beech King Air B100. Crow has owned every Learjet model up to the 35A.
Donald Hunt has been aircraft maintenance manager for OSI Restaurant Partners, which owns the Outback Steakhouse chain and seven others, since 1993.
OSI operates three Dassault Falcon 50s, which Hunt said is his favorite corporate airplane to work on, as it’s “a great product, with great support.” OSI, which used to operate Westwinds, got its first Falcon 50 in 2002.
Over the last 76 years, Exxon Mobil has operated a variety of aircraft from Beech Staggerwings and Douglas DC-3s to Gulfstream IVs and the Bombardier Global Express. Today, the 68-member flight department operates four Global Expresses and five Challenger 300s. James Johnson, who joined the company in 1991, became manager of aviation services last year when Patricia Andrews retired.