Aviation history

January 17, 2008 - 6:30am

None of the 34 accidents that befell FAR Part 121 scheduled airlines last year resulted in fatalities, according to NTSB preliminary statistics. In 2001 there were some 266 fatalities involving U.S. airlines (excluding another 265 resulting from the 9/11 hijackings). There were 58 air-taxi accidents last year, down from 72 in 2001, resulting in 33 fatalities compared with 60 in 2001.

January 17, 2008 - 6:30am

None of the 34 accidents that befell FAR Part 121 scheduled airlines last year resulted in fatalities, according to NTSB preliminary statistics. In 2001 there were some 266 fatalities involving U.S. airlines (excluding another 265 resulting from the 9/11 hijackings). There were 58 air-taxi accidents last year, down from 72 in 2001, resulting in 33 fatalities compared with 60 in 2001.

January 11, 2008 - 8:25am

The total number of U.S.-registered turbine airplanes involved in serious accidents last year decreased significantly from 2001, a year that saw business aviation accidents increase over 2000. Last year there were 41 nonfatal accidents, 19 fatal accidents and 47 fatalities compared with 44 nonfatal accidents and 24 fatal accidents that killed 80 passengers and crew in 2001, according to safety analyst Robert E.

January 9, 2008 - 4:22am

It doesn’t have any airplanes. In fact, it doesn’t even have a name yet. But Matt Andersson has nevertheless announced the intent of his company, Aviation Development Holdings, to launch “a clean-sheet, breakthrough regional airline jet service, independent and decoupled from the major airlines.”

January 8, 2008 - 6:48am

It was late on an autumn night as I swung the car into the rough lane that leads to our house. A few feet beyond the mailbox post, the headlights caught something in the grass. At first it could have been a rabbit standing tall, but closer inspection revealed it to be a magnificent bird, most likely a Peregrine falcon but possibly a gyrfalcon, and it had chosen our lane as a resting place on its migratory route.

December 19, 2007 - 11:09am

A few months ago AIN published an article that highlighted not only my NTSB career but also some of what I have done with a good portion of my working career. Not long after that article was published, AIN editor Nigel Moll called to ask whether I would be interested in writing a monthly column on various subjects of interest to both the pilot and maintenance communities.

December 18, 2007 - 12:07pm

A steady rise in traffic and load factors might seem like good news for the airline delegates gathered at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) general assembly in Vienna from September 29 to October 1. But as airlines turn to “fierce cost cutting” to attract passengers, reality muted any calls for celebration during the three-day event.

November 30, 2007 - 9:15am

Most maintainers believe that the aviation industry focuses on the flight 99.9 percent of the time, allotting the remaining 0.1 percent for the other aviation specialties. While those numbers certainly are exaggerated, the reality is that flight-deck issues receive much more attention than any other. That could be because pilot error is the number-one cause of aircraft accidents today.

November 26, 2007 - 8:15am

Although U.S. transportation fatalities increased slightly last year, aviation remained one of the safest forms of travel, according to preliminary figures released by the NTSB last month.

November 1, 2007 - 6:10am

The NTSB’s first investigation of an unmanned aircraft accident highlighted a problem that many have worried about and that the FAA has yet to address: the different standards applied to manned aircraft versus unmanned aircraft (UA) operations. It has long been the case that accidents that result in the deaths of many people gain far more attention than accidents involving fewer fatalities.

 
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