The National Business Aviation Association presents Pilot Flying Safety Awards each year to the member company pilots who have exemplary safety records. To be eligible for an award, a pilot must have flown corporate aircraft 1,500 hours without an accident, but the actual number of safe hours flown by many of the 2008 top pilots is around 25,000 hours, and the top recipient, George Thomsen, has logged 31,002.
Flight Safety Technologies of Mystic, Conn., is developing two hazardous warning systems–Socrates and Unicorn. Its Socrates wake-vortex detection and tracking technology is slated to be tested for a month at Denver International Airport starting August 15. Unicorn is a collision avoidance system designed particularly to prevent midairs between piloted airplanes and government-operated unmanned aerial vehicles.
Just a few months after her estranged husband was fatally shot along with eight other members of the Nepalese royal family, Princess Prekshya Shah, 49, was killed when a helicopter in which she was a passenger plunged into a lake in Nepal shortly after takeoff on November 12.