Accidents, Safety, Security and Training » Safety

News and information on safety procedures and concerns.

July 30, 2008 - 6:24am

For entrepreneurs, the maturing of a growing market they created comes as a mixed triumph. On the one hand come the recognition, fame and loads of money that flow from not only setting the pace but also defining the race. On the other, there’s the pressure that the inevitable competition brings as other smart people sharpen their pencils and try to top the original business concept with improvements.

July 30, 2008 - 5:46am

It has been 12 years since Trans World Airlines experienced the loss of a 747 that had departed JFK airport bound for Paris. All 230 passengers and crew onboard TWA Flight 800 lost their lives on that hot July day in 1996.

July 30, 2008 - 5:38am

Following successful tests at Dallas/Fort Worth and San Diego International Airports, acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell announced that runway status lights will be installed at 20 more major airports over the next three years. The in-pavement stoplights are automated, surveillance-driven lights that alert pilots of aircraft departing or crossing a runway that it is already occupied and active.

July 28, 2008 - 11:51am

The manufacturer of portable halon fire extinguishers targeted for mandatory replacement said the units involved “do not represent a safety problem,” even though they are not in compliance with technical requirements. In a proposed AD, the FAA is calling for the removal of some 39,000 of the extinguishers due to improper crimping of the units’ siphon tubes.

July 24, 2008 - 12:09pm

In a safety recommendation issued last Thursday (A-08-48 and A-08-49), the NTSB raised concerns about mistrim rotation characteristics in the Bombardier Challenger, following the overrun accident of a Challenger on Feb. 2, 2005, at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport.

July 24, 2008 - 12:04pm

The FAA today issued an InFO (information for operators) that specifies the extended duration of first- and third-class medicals for pilots under age 40. Effective today, the agency will extend the duration of third-class medicals from 36 calendar months to 60 calendar months (five years) and first-class medicals from six calendar months to 12 calendar months for pilots under age 40.

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.