In a dissenting opinion, NTSB member John Goglia said a Safety Board recommendation asking for an AD to prohibit using the APU during ground de-icing operations on Fokker F100s “misses the mark.” The Safety Board said the recommendation is aimed at preventing APU engine turbine wheel bursts that might result from the ingestion of de-icing fluid.
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“Targeted guidelines” and “tough enforcement” are two key elements of a comprehensive voluntary plan from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “to dramatically reduce ergonomic injuries,” according to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao. “This plan is a major improvement over the rejected old rule because it will prevent ergonomics injuries before they occur and reach a much larger number of at-risk workers.”
Recommendations for safely installing, inflating, inspecting, maintaining and removing aircraft tires are the subject of proposed advisory circular AC 20-97B. Comments on the new document must be received by the FAA before June 17. To see the proposed circular, go to www.faa.gov/avr/afs/acs/ac-idx.htm.
The shareholders of Rocky Mountain Holdings of Provo, Utah, signed a non-binding letter of intent last month with an unnamed buyer, said to be another aeromedical operator, for the purchase of RMH. The terms of the letter require both sides to remain silent until a definitive agreement is reached (estimated to take about 30 days) or the discussions are terminated.
Plato may have been correct when he said, “Only the dead have seen the end of war,” but apparently that does not apply to flight instruction. At least not according to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
The number of runway incursions in the first two months of this year dropped more than 50 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the FAA. Agency statistics show that in January and February there were 31 incursions (14 and 17, respectively) vs 57 (24 and 33, respectively) in the first two months of last year.
Once again, an emergency AD (No. 2002-23-51) has mandated no further flight of the roughly 360 Bell 407 helicopters currently in service. The November 13 AD was prompted by two reported failures of the stud from a swashplate drivelink assembly. One or both swashplate drivelink cup washers may have been installed incorrectly.
With ever larger numbers of ultra-long-range business jets taking to the skies, individual complaints about dry air in the cabin have grown to a chorus of demands for humidifiers. But while manufacturers would like to oblige, most have yet to come up with a system that is both airplane and people friendly.
More than 200 pilots and other crewmembers representing 94 different business aircraft operators attended Bombardier’s sixth annual Safety Standdown, held in Wichita from October 22 to 24. The free three-day event provided recurrent and update training for business aircraft crews and included hands-on training simulations and presentations covering fatigue countermeasures, aviation psychology, applied aerodynamics and professional airmanship.
Laval, Ontario-based Amphitech International received a limited STC for its Oasys helicopter obstacle avoidance radar as installed aboard the Bell 212. Oasys can penetrate fog, rain, smoke and haze to alert helo crews of potential dangers such as power lines, towers, buildings, terrain, trees and air traffic. Work on an STC authorizing Oasys installation aboard Eurocopter AS 350s is under way.