NBAA has warned the FAA of the “specter of additional oversight and regulation of business aircraft operations” stemming from the agency’s proposal to allow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) oversight of aircraft cabin workplace safety issues.
Corporate Angel Network, the 32-year-old organization that arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients in the empty seats of corporate aircraft, has transported its 42,000th patient. The milestone flight, which was operated by Ball, carried one-year-old cancer patient Alexander Hopper home to the Denver area after he received treatment for Retinoblastoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City.
Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) in Florida is offering cockpit crews the opportunity to experience the effects of smoke in the cockpit firsthand in its new emergency vision assurance system (EVAS) simulator. The EVAS simulator is a self-contained unit with one seat, theatrical smoke and a filtration system. Participants don a pair of goggles, then experience the situation as smoke invades the cockpit. Demos begin January 25.
Cessna has successfully completed certification flight tests of Safe Flight Instrument’s automatic throttle system for the Citation X. FAA STC approval of the autothrottle system for the Mach 0.92 jet is expected within the next month, according to Safe Flight. By controlling speed and thrust, the Cessna Citation X autothrottles will result in increased situational awareness, reduced crew workload, greater passenger comfort and extended range/payload potential, Safe Flight said.
Piper Aircraft appointed James Funk as vice president of operations today, a position where he will be responsible for aircraft manufacturing operations, production engineering, logistics and quality. He brings nearly 30 years of operations management, manufacturing engineering and program leadership experience to Piper. Before joining Piper, Funk was Bombardier Learjet’s general manager of operations for the Learjet 85 program. Before that, he was vice president of operations for Hawker Beechcraft and its predecessor, Raytheon Aircraft.
In a new safety alert for operators (SAFO), the FAA reminds pilots not to depend upon cockpit technology as the primary means to control the aircraft in all situations.
“A recent analysis of flight operations data (including normal flight operations, incidents and accidents) identified an increase in manual handling errors,” said the SAFO, issued on January 4.
The man charged with overseeing the investigation into patient deaths at Ontario’s provincially funded air ambulance service was named its new CEO yesterday. Ontario coroner Andrew McCallum, M.D., a certified private pilot, former Canadian Forces flight surgeon and emergency medicine specialist, will take over the troubled air ambulance service in January.
The FAA’s new order VS8000.367A–which aims to establish an SMS at the agency’s AVS (aviation safety) branch–defines the requirements for safety management systems (SMS) and is considered by the agency to be a comprehensive top-down resource for managing its risk programs. “The FAA is implementing an SMS to integrate the management of safety risk into business planning, operations and decision making to enhance safety for the flying public as well as strengthen the agency’s leadership role in the field,” said the order.
A Eurocopter BK117 operated as an emergency medical service (EMS) flight by Air Methods crashed into a farmer’s field near Compton, Ill., at about 8 p.m. on December 11. The three people on board–the pilot and two flight nurses–were killed. There were no patients on board at the time of the accident. The crash occurred shortly after the pilot radioed he was returning to base due to poor weather where light snow had been reported. The helicopter was registered to Rockford Memorial Hospital, located 90 miles northwest of Chicago.
In 1982, HBAcorp psychologist Dr. Beau Altman, along with Chrysler Pentastar captains Tony Adamski and Grady Lefler, flight attendant Judi Ketchum and military survival trainer Morgan Smith conceived the first cabin safety training program exclusively for business and corporate aviation. In 1998 Dr. Altman sold the company to Dr. Doug Mykol, who renamed AirCare Solutions Training as Facts, a name that has become almost synonymous with cabin safety training.