The NBAA Access Committee last week reported forming a new weather subcommittee to focus on improvements to aviation weather information delivery and flight safety. NBAA president Ed Bolen said the subcommittee will fully support the general aviation weather initiatives managed by the FAA and other government agencies and also strive to improve current and predictive information.
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The Flight Safety Foundation, in conjunction with the National Business Aviation Association, has released a call for papers for presentation at next May’s Business Aviation Safety Summit in Weston, Fla. Potential presenters should submit an abstract of up to 200 words on a topic relevant to business aviation safety, along with a CV, by Sept. 5, 2014. Electronic submissions are preferred; send to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to (703) 739-6708.
The FAA said numerous pilot deviation reports–some involving loss-of-separation violations–have been filed surrounding the use of the relatively new “climb via” phraseology instituted in early April.
An ATR 72 operated by TransAsia crashed on July 23 during an instrument approach to Makong Airport, near Penghu in the Taiwan Strait. Forty-eight of the 58 people aboard the aircraft were reported dead. Local weather at the time of the late afternoon accident included heavy rain generated by Typhoon Matmo. Taiwan-area schools and financial markets were closed at the time of the crash due to the typhoon.
The FAA said an updated draft of advisory circular (AC) 90-114A was created to facilitate operations using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology to remain in compliance with Part 91.225 and 91.227, required after Jan. 1, 2020. The AC applies to all U.S. operators intending to use ADS-B and provides guidance for the authorization of additional ADS-B Out and ADS-B In operations and their associated aircraft qualification and maintenance requirements.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s inspector general’s office (IG) has significant concerns about the FAA’s plan to integrate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System. The FAA will miss the August 2014 deadline for issuing a UAS rule, “due to unresolved technological, regulatory and privacy issues,” according to the IG.
The European Cockpit Association (ECA) has called for “intense scrutiny” of the air transport industry’s assessment of risks and the principles of flying over conflict zones in the wake of the July 17 loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.
The FAA issued an emergency Notam today that prohibits the flight of all U.S. air carriers and commercial operators, U.S.-registered aircraft and FAA-certificated airmen into and out of Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, for a minimum of 24 hours. The ban does not apply to U.S.-registered aircraft operated by foreign carriers. The move comes after a rocket fired from Gaza landed within a mile of the airport, destroying a residence.
Delta Air Lines has suspended service “until further notice” to and from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv and its New York-JFK hub in response to threats to civilian airplanes flying over Israel.
DRS Technologies, part of the Finmeccanica group (Outside Exhibit 1), is promoting a flight data recorder that deploys upon impact in the event of a crash. The system has been used for many years in military aircraft and helicopters operating in the offshore industry, and has been put to the test many times. The need for a system for commercial aircraft that can be easily and quickly recovered has been brought into sharp focus following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in March.