This year’s first quarter was the deadliest for U.S.-registered business jets since 15 people were killed in four accidents in the first quarter of 2008. According to statistics gathered by AIN, in the first three months of this year 14 people were killed in three accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets.
Fatal and nonfatal accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets increased notably in the first quarter, compared with the same time frame last year. Alternatively, non-U.S.-registered business jets had no accidents in the first quarter versus six in the year-ago period.
Aero Sekur (Booth No. 8043), which specializes in safety systems and advanced flexible structures for the aerospace and defense markets, is displaying a range of helicopter safety products at Heli-Expo’12.
The helicopter accident rate in the Gulf of Mexico has been decreasing since 2007, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. For the years 2000 to 2009, an average of 8.2 helicopter accidents occurred in the Gulf of Mexico annually. Poor decision-making by pilots accounted for 47 percent of fatal accidents, while loss of engine power was the cause of one-third of all fatal crashes.
Marking the 10th anniversary of the first flight of an aircraft equipped with its seatbelt airbag, AmSafe Industries of Phoenix, is introducing its next-generation seatbelt airbag. AmSafe developed “the first and only” seatbelt airbag certified for use on commercial aircraft as a cost-effective method of 16g compliance for difficult-to-certify seat placements.”
While the overall number of turbine helicopter accidents in the U.S. declined last year to 62 from 69 in 2009, those accidents were more costly in terms of human life, according to statistics released by Boca Raton-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
After a study of the effectiveness of airbags and restraints, the NTSB has concluded that airbags in general aviation would save lives and urged the FAA–as a first step–to require retrofits of shoulder harnesses on GA airplanes that are not currently equipped with such restraints, among other recommendations.
• Require manufacturers to modify restraint systems vulnerable to being used incorrectly in newly built GA airplanes and to modify restraints in existing airplanes.
• Revise the guidance and certification standards for restraint systems to reduce the likelihood of misuse.
You can argue all you want about whether the recession officially ended in June 2009 as some financial pundits have declared, but as far as a recovery is concerned, B/E Aerospace (Booth No. 3327) is here at NBAA and ready for growth to resume.