An NTSB safety alert issued late last month urges pilots to activate leading-edge de-ice boots as soon their airplane enters icing conditions, “unless the aircraft flight manual or the pilot’s operating handbook specifically directs not to activate them.” According to NTSB acting chairman Mark Rosenker, “This Safety Alert is intended to increase the visibility of airplane icing issues and address procedures taught regarding the accumulation of
Concerned by mounting losses in emergency medical services (EMS) flights, the NTSB has added the safety of such flights to its 2009 Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements.
President Bush has appointed Mark Rosenker vice chairman of the NTSB for a two-year term that began August 9. He has been head of the agency, either as chairman or acting chairman, since March 2005.
The NTSB cited three accidents and an incident involving a regional airline as the basis for a pair of recommendations issued Tuesday to the FAA related to pilot fatigue.
President Bush last month nominated two new members to the NTSB and designated long-time board member John Hammerschmidt as the agency’s new vice chairman.
Retired Coast Guard Capt. Richard Healing will fill the remainder of a term expiring on Dec. 31, 2006, and Gen. Mark Rosenker will serve a term expiring on Dec. 31, 2005. Because the NTSB does not currently have a chairman, Hammerschmidt will serve as the acting chairman.
By mid-October, NTSB chairman Ellen Engleman Conners had not yet invited Board members Carol Carmody, Richard Healing and Deborah Hersman to a meeting to discuss their grievances, which they articulated in a late-August letter to the Board chairman.
The 11th annual Safety Standdown–sponsored by Bombardier Aerospace, NBAA, the FAA and the NTSB–concluded late last month in Wichita. This year’s “War on Error” was expanded to a three-day general session, preceded by optional one-day workshops on Monday. The annual event is free to attendees. This year marked the first time the Safety Board cosponsored the seminar.
The 11th annual Safety Standdown–sponsored by Bombardier Aerospace, NBAA, the FAA and the NTSB–concludes today in Wichita. This year’s “War on Error” was expanded to a three-day general session, preceded by optional one-day workshops on Monday.
Aviation by far has the highest number of outstanding safety deficiencies of any form of transportation in the U.S., according to the NTSB, which authors an annual Most Wanted list of recommendations. Congress wants to know why.
Every year the NTSB updates its list of Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements, divided among the five transportation modes over which it has jurisdiction and a sixth listed as intermodal.
NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker told the House aviation subcommittee last month that his agency is disappointed in the FAA’s response to five of the six aviation items on the Safety Board’s Most Wanted List of safety improvements.