There are varying perspectives on whether general aviation (GA) is declining or poised for a renaissance generated by new interest in light sport aircraft (LSA) and avionics technology. When attending the annual EAA AirVenture extravaganza in Oshkosh, Wis., for example, it is always interesting to see the contrast between those who complain about the cost of flying and those who embrace every new development.
Federal Aviation Regulations
This month marks the six-year anniversary of one of the most infamous accidents in the history of business aviation–the crash of a chartered Challenger 600 at Teterboro Airport. Six years later, has the FAA incorporated the lessons learned into its regulations?
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association is taking the FAA’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC) to task over comments made during committee discussions.
There is an irony apparent in the events following the February 2005 Challenger accident at Teterboro. Investigators nearly ignored the primary cause of the crash, as the NTSB focused primarily on 14 CFR Part 135 operational control issues and the lack of FAA oversight as the secondary causes.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) recently sent a letter to the FAA’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee (FAAC) taking it to task for misrepresentations regarding repair stations. “When the Department of Transportation formed the FAAC it brought together individuals from what it thinks of as the aviation powerhouses: the airlines, unions, some major corporations and a few academics.
Doug Larson, a graduate researcher at the University of Minnesota, is conducting a survey of maintenance technicians “to look at the experience and education of aviation maintenance instructors and see what it tells us about the job of educating maintenance technicians.” He is asking all aircraft maintenance instructors to take a 15-minute anonymous online survey
Helicopter traffic in the Gulf of Mexico has nearly doubled, to nearly 2,000 flights per day, since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20.
There are no petri dishes where we could grow a perfect strain of safety culture and inject it into those aviation organizations that clearly seem to need it. Come to think of it, all airlines and repair stations could use a booster shot of safety culture to keep their organizations fighting the constant pressures to move aircraft and save money, often by cutting corners.
In 2008, the FAA issued new rules affecting pilots who fly the remaining fleet of more than 350 Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprops.