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News and information on safety procedures and concerns.

February 23, 2008 - 2:21pm

An airworthiness directive issued by the FAA on Thursday warns of tightening torque loss on the main-rotor-hub (MRH) to main-rotor-mast attachment bolts on Eurocopter AS 365 and SA 365 helicopters, which could lead to an in-flight loss of the main rotor head. The AD, which affects 36 U.S.-registered AS 365N/N1/N2/N3 and SA 365C/C1/C2 helicopters, becomes effective March 6, but the FAA is accepting comments on AD 2008-04-03 until April 21.

February 21, 2008 - 9:01am

Yesterday, the newly formed Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) concluded its inaugural Air Charter Safety Symposium, which was held at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Va. The goal was to host 50 to 60 attendees, according to ACSF chairman and Priester Aviation chairman and CEO Charlie Priester, but more than 110 attendees filled the auditorium at the NTSB center.

February 18, 2008 - 10:49pm

With two airframe applications already secured and early test results looking “very, very good,” Pratt & Whitney’s geared turbofan (GTF) development engine appears headed for first flight in June.

February 18, 2008 - 10:49pm

With two airframe applications already secured and early test results looking “very, very good,” Pratt & Whitney’s geared turbofan (GTF) development engine appears headed for first flight in June.

February 18, 2008 - 11:39am

Airborne video surveillance can give first responders and law enforcement a clear idea of what needs to be done on the ground in an emergency. But the challenge is making sure the information reaches the right people–that’s where Microwave Radio Communications’ (Booth No. 1313) experience can make a big difference, according to the Massachusetts company.

February 18, 2008 - 8:10am

American Eurocopter and the Bristow Group’s Air Logistics unit have partnered separately with “augmented reality solutions” provider Appareo Systems (Booth No. 4537) to develop a low-cost device that is intended to provide some of the safety and training benefits of fully certified cockpit voice and flight data recorders.

February 17, 2008 - 10:17pm

Power Force Technologies (Stand No. 509), the Singapore distributor for Carmanah Technologies, is displaying the Canadian manufacturer’s self-contained radio-controlled, solar-powered airfield lights, including units suitable for helipads, obstructions, runways, taxiways and thresholds.

February 8, 2008 - 11:11am

The FAA has proposed extending the enhanced standards for taxiway centerline markings to all 567 certified airports to reduce the risk of runway incursions. It is also recommending regular recurrent driver training for all who have access to the movement area and ramp areas at certified (FAR Part 139) airports.

February 8, 2008 - 4:40am

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) last month issued a sweeping recommendation that the EASA, FAA, Transport Canada and other aviation agencies amend requirements for the design and installation of electronic components in aircraft so that fluid and moisture contamination, as a source of common cause failures, is specifically taken into account.

February 8, 2008 - 4:38am

Two accidents late last year involving Bombardier Global 5000s landing short of the runway have provoked scrutiny of safety issues associated with the landing phase, specifically the information available to pilots about clearance above the runway when following lighted approach slope guidance systems.

 
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