Everyone agrees that airlines and major corporations need plans for deploying an emergency response in the event of an accident. The airlines, especially, are acutely aware of the intense media and regulatory scrutiny–and lawsuits–that follow any aviation disaster, especially one that involves substantial loss of life. All major airlines and large corporations have aviation accident response plans. Corporate counsel has seen to that.
I would bet that I am not the only one involved with aviation who has had emergency evacuations on his mind. Many of us watching the nightmare crash and sinking of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy in January were horrified by the unprofessional approach to evacuating the ship.
SRT Helicopters (Booth No. 5723), a training organization specializing in disaster relief operations and planning for military, law enforcement and public services agencies in the U.S. and abroad, has completed a year-long disaster response training program at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif.
At the request of the FAA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on January 11 rescinded its rule prohibiting the “certification, manufacture, importation, sale or use of emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) that transmit distress alerts on frequency 121.5 MHz.” Monitoring of 121.5-MHZ ELT signals by the international Cospas-Sarsat satellite system ended on Feb.
AeroBridge (née Corporate Aviation Responding in Emergencies, or Care) said it received commitments for continued support during national and international
Sky Hope Network has been formed by five industry professionals to offer business aviation support in emergencies. Founder Robin Eissler, vice president of Jet Quest, was involved in the Corporate Aviation Responding to Emergencies (Care) relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the earthquake in Haiti early this year.
Five industry professionals recently formed a new nonprofit organization, Sky Hope Network, to offer business aviation support in emergencies. Sky Hope founder Robin Eissler, vice president of Jet Quest, was heavily involved in the Corporate Aviation Responding to Emergencies (Care) relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the devastating earthquake in Haiti earlier this year.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is said to be close to responding to an FAA request that it withdraw a June notice that seeks to impose a total ban on the “certification, manufacture, importation, sale or continued use” of 121.5-MHz emergency locator transmitters.
The June morning was already hot at Addison Airport, Texas, when the wail of emergency sirens pierced the air. As rescue workers dragged the casualties from the large-cabin jet, fire pumpers sent sprays of water toward the aircraft. Emergency medical technicians set up a triage unit nearby to determine the extent of the injuries, and ambulances were quickly loaded and dispatched to area hospitals.