At AEI’s 38th Annual Congress last month in Hamburg one of Europe’s leading regulators refused to support aviation industry whistleblowers. According to Robert Alway, a spokesman for Aircraft Engineers International (AEI) of The Netherlands, while many countries at least give lip service to protecting whistleblowers, Luftfahrt Bundesamt, Germany’s counterpart to the FAA, refused to support them.
By the time you read this, I hope the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Comair and the FAA have reached agreement and reinstituted the maintenance Aviation Safety Action Program (Asap) at Comair. It’s a sad day indeed for air safety when a voluntary program with so much safety potential becomes the pawn in a labor-management disagreement and the FAA is unable or unwilling to mediate the dispute effectively.
Securus Escrow has been established as a new specialist escrow service aimed at bringing greater piece of mind and transparency to aircraft transactions. The London-based company is supported by aviation law firm Gates & Partners and can provide separate escrow accounts for clients with a leading UK bank.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) launched RA Check, an FAA-endorsed flight-risk assessment tool (Frat) designed to consider the
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) launched RA Check, an FAA-endorsed flight-risk assessment tool (Frat) designed to consider the probability, severity and weighted value of 38 leading accident causal factors.
Borescopes R Us Sees Strong Start
In response to the rash of helicopter accidents experienced over the past few years by the medical transport industry, the National Emergency Medical Services Pilots Association (Nemspa) has rolled out a new safety/risk assessment plan known as the “No Pressure Initiative.”
Hong Kong-based handling and security provider ASA has reported a sharp increase in recent months in traffic at its Asia-Pacific locations, which has prompted the company to recruit additional staff to support flights coming from within Asia, as well as from North America, Europe and the Middle East.
Richard Komarniski, who has for 16 years been teaching human factors and safety subjects, spoke on Monday at the NBAA IA renewal session on safety management systems (SMS). Komarniski is founder of Grey Owl Aviation Consultants, which recently signed a letter of understanding with the FAA Safety Team welcoming Grey Owl as a national industry member specializing in human factors and SMS training.
The Department of Transportation has issued a final rule that provides a start date for mandatory direct-observation drug testing.