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News and information on safety procedures and concerns.

July 24, 2008 - 12:03pm

A near midair collision on Monday at Chicago O’Hare International Airport that involved an American Eagle Embraer ERJ 145 regional jet and a Part 91-operated Bombardier Learjet 60 is under investigation by the NTSB. At 12:47 p.m. local time, the regional jet was departing Runway 32L and the Learjet–N252RP, owned and operated by Electrolux Home Products–was landing on Runway 9R.

July 23, 2008 - 11:43am

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating two runway incursions that occurred at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport (TEB) over the past three weeks. Led by NTSB ATC investigator Daniel Bartlett, the probe will focus on a June 25 incident in which a Learjet 45 landed on a closed runway and a July 9 ground incursion involving a NetJets Dassault Falcon 2000 and Cessna 172. At 5:34 p.m.

July 22, 2008 - 11:29am

The NTSB issued a safety recommendation letter on Thursday warning that pilots may decide to abort takeoffs in Bombardier Challengers if the pilots mistakenly set the pitch trim too far forward, even though the aircraft will lift off at a speed above V2. When it investigated the Feb.

July 15, 2008 - 9:11am

A new runway and taxiway surveillance system, the Airport Movements Area Safety System (Amass), has gained the confidence of some air traffic controllers despite criticism of its performance by the NTSB. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) recounted two incidents at Boston  Logan International Airport in which Amass is credited for alerting ATC in time to prevent runway collisions.

July 11, 2008 - 6:25am

American Eagle executives planned to meet with FAA officials last month to discuss the Dallas-based airline’s alleged violations of hazardous-materials regulations. The FAA alleges that on one occasion in 2000 American Eagle transported an oxygen generator as cargo aboard a passenger flight. It also claims that Eagle improperly offered oxygen generators to Federal Express for shipment by air on seven separate occasions.

July 11, 2008 - 6:11am

High-visibility jackets have become an essential sartorial requirement for flight crews visiting the UK, following a directive by the Civil Aviation Authority concerning airside safety management. Although first issued in 1998, the effect of these requirements has taken time to become widely established since some of the smaller airfields have yet to implement them.

July 10, 2008 - 11:07am

Business jet accidents in the first six months of this year remained the same as during the first half of last year, while the turboprop segment saw a significant increase, according to statistics released by Robert E. Breiling Associates. Part 135 jet operations improved, with 10 accidents in the first half of last year shrinking to four thus far this year.

July 9, 2008 - 7:03am

A comprehensive pilot training and briefing system is available online (www.airportflightcrewbriefing.com/Teterboro) to help pilots prepare for flights into and out of Teterboro Airport. The briefing was produced by NATA’s Safety 1st program and Avstar Media and funded by an FAA grant.

July 8, 2008 - 1:40pm

A French judge last week ordered Continental Airlines and five people–including aircraft designers, maintenance technicians and one civil aviation authority executive–to stand trial for manslaughter in the criminal investigation into the Concorde crash that killed 113 in July 2000 near Paris. The airline is being charged with negligence in DC-10 maintenance.

July 8, 2008 - 12:46pm

A flash fire in the hangar at Berry Aviation in Austin, Texas, last Friday morning destroyed an executive-configured 30-passenger Dornier 328-100 turboprop that was undergoing an extensive interior refurbishment. A spokesman for Berry Aviation said the airplane had been completely stripped of its old interior and a worker was using a variety of chemical products to remove sealants and other materials.

 
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