Citing ongoing criminal prosecution of Continental Airlines for the 2000 Concorde crash in Paris, the U.S.-based Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) is asking governments worldwide to form multinational, independent air accident investigation boards.
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The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has developed a common safety approach for global companies operating aircraft in the mining and resources sector, and the plan has received the endorsement of the Minerals Council of Australia, which represents resource companies producing more than 85 percent of that country’s annual mineral output.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have released a runway excursion risk-reduction tool kit that provides analysis of runway excursion accident data, a compilation of significant risk factors and recommendations for operators, pilots, airports, air traffic management, air traffic controllers and regulators to help address the problem.
Ed Stimpson, a driving force behind the law that resurrected the moribund general aviation industry in the mid-1990s, died November 25 at age 75 after a five-month battle with lung cancer.
Aircraft leasing magnate Steven Udvar-Hazy will be awarded this year’s Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, for “innovative aerospace business practices, improved aircraft design, piloting skills and selfless philanthropy, ensuring preservation of our aerospace history.” Udvar-Hazy’s multimillion-dollar donation allowed the construction of the National Air and Space Museum’s annex at Dulles Airport.
NBAA’s board of directors has named industry stalwart Richard (Dick) Van Gemert, a current Jet Aviation Holdings US executive and long-time head of Xerox’s flight department, as this year’s winner of the John P. “Jack” Doswell award, in honor of his commitment to operational excellence in business aviation.
Referring to the foreign repair station oversight language in the House FAA reauthorization bill (H.R.915) that passed last Thursday, William Voss, president and CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation, said he’s seen “no evidence whatsoever” that aircraft maintenance performed by non-U.S. repair stations is any less safe than that performed within the U.S., provided the repair stations and personnel are properly certified and regulated.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has sharply criticized the interference of prosecutors in ongoing accident investigations in Italy and France, warning that such interference hampers efforts to improve aviation safety and prevent similar accidents in the future.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has received a gift of $1 million from the estate of long-time FBO Manuel Maciel, most of which will be used to fund the new Manuel S. Maciel Chair for Aviation Safety Research at the FSF. A portion of the grant will be used to develop ways to improve the safety of helicopter emergency medical services.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) says it could have as many as 75 business jets in its corporate flight-operation quality assurance (C-FOQA) program by the end of next year, more than doubling the number of aircraft covered today. C-FOQA typically involves routine analysis of data from day-to-day flight operations to uncover safety situations and practices that might require corrective action.