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October 20, 2014, 11:25 AM

Fifty-four percent of ultraviolet radiation will penetrate most aircraft windshields, according to Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a spokeswoman for the New York City-based Skin Cancer Foundation. Hale offered this insight along with a number of others to create awareness about the dangers of cancer to cockpit flight crews.

Sunscreen is a must, even in the air,” Hale said in a foundation news release. “It’s critical that pilots adequately protect their exposed skin, including hands and faces, with at least an SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen.”

October 20, 2014, 11:25 AM

The FAA recently published a new advisory circular–AC 135-14B–to address operational procedures and equipment requirements for helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operators following an increase in fatal HAA accidents.

October 20, 2014, 11:20 AM

Vision Systems (Booth 1551) is showcasing its expanded range of electronically dimmable windows here at NBAA 2014. The French company’s Nuance Multizone range of windows promises improved comfort for passengers because it allows the dimming of light to be adjusted for each window.

October 20, 2014, 11:20 AM

NBAA will recognize five member companies for outstanding safe flying achievement at a luncheon tomorrow. PepsiCo and Weyerhaeuser will each receive the NBAA award for 60 years of safe flying, while Brunswick, Cummins and Sprint Flight Operations will receive the 50 years of safe flying award. The plaques will be awarded at the association’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) in Orlando, Fla.

October 20, 2014, 11:15 AM

The Helicopter Association International will look at operational and flight safety issues faced by aerial firefighters and provide an overview of the upcoming 2015 fire season next month (November 17 to 19) at its firefighting safety conference in Boise, Idaho. The conference includes an interagency briefing with the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service. Attendance is free but advanced registration is required.

October 20, 2014, 11:10 AM

Aircraft Structures International Corp. (ASIC) of Enid, Okla., serves operators of the single-engine turboprop Cessna Caravan exclusively. The company, which specializes in Caravan modifications and upgrades, maintains a stock of wings and flight controls for immediate exchange and possesses jigs that make it possible to rebuild an entire aircraft.

October 20, 2014, 11:10 AM

New York resident John Michael Dial was sentenced on October 2 in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, Calif., to two years incarceration and 12 months of supervised release for operating a helicopter without a valid pilot certificate, as well as for operating under a false identity. A federal investigation revealed that from Dec. 16, 2009, to Aug. 4, 2010, Dial operated news helicopters in the San Francisco area under a false identity.

October 20, 2014, 11:05 AM

The National EMS Pilots Association (Nemspa) published an online survey for helicopter air ambulance pilots to gather feedback for an upcoming aviation rule-making committee (ARC) considering potential changes to helicopter training requirements. The association will analyze the responses present its findings at the next ARC meeting, scheduled for the end of October.

 

October 20, 2014, 11:00 AM

The Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics Special Committee 213, Enhanced Flight Vision Systems/Synthetic Vision Systems (EFVS/SVS), has scheduled a public meeting for November 5 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The meeting requires in-person visitors to pre-register.

October 20, 2014, 11:00 AM

Navtech is a firm that many business aviation pilots might not be familiar with, but the company’s growing product line fits the needs of many types of operations, and not just the airlines that have been the company’s principal customer. Currently, Navtech’s customer base includes more than 400 airlines and aviation service companies, which use its paper and electronic charts, navigation data, flight-planning services, performance software and crew-planning solutions.

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