NBAA traditionally fills the opening general sessions to the largest trade event in business aviation with distinguished speakers from the industry, legislative and regulatory areas. The opening session at NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Fla., yesterday was no exception, as NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.); Christopher Hart, acting secretary of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB); and Enterprise Holdings chairman Andrew Taylor.
National Transportation Safety Board
The National Transportation Safety Board last week announced it has extended until October 31 the comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking governing the agency’s investigation procedures. The original NPRM–Docket No. NTSB-GC-2012-0002–published late last summer, proposed several rule changes about how the Board conducts investigations. The Board proposed organizing investigation procedures into mode-specific subparts, as well as updates to several terms and other procedures.
The NTSB will hold a free one-day forum to review current technological advancements to flight data recorders and aircraft locators. The preliminary agenda for the meeting, called “Emerging Flight Data and Locator Technology,” was posted last week. The session will focus on equipment in use while also exploring new technologies in development and determining what issues relating to policy, industry standards and technical limitations need to be addressed.
The NTSB will release the probable cause of the UPS Flight 1354 accident at Birmingham, Ala., on Aug. 14, 2013, tomorrow. The captain and first officer were killed and the airplane was destroyed when an Airbus A300-600 crashed short of Runway 18 during a non-precision approach.
NTSB acting chairman Christopher Hart will speak at the October 21 opening general session at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, which will be held in Orlando, Fla. “We are excited to hear his thoughts and perspectives on safety issues affecting our industry,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. Hart was sworn in as a member of the NTSB in August 2009 and has served as acting NTSB chairman since April 26.
Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), father of the original Pilot’s Bill of Rights (PBOR), is proposing some amendments and additions to his original law. According to a press release issued by the senator’s office at the end of June, “[T]he first Pilot’s Bill of Rights was a victory for the aviation community and made possible by the support of pilots and industry leaders across the nation.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is seeking comments on last week’s NPRM to change portions of Part 831, which governs its investigation procedures, by organizing them into mode-specific subparts to make the rules easier to access and consult. The Board also plans to update some terms used in the regulations.
The NTSB’s August 13 factual report of the Nov. 20, 2013 crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B while on approach to Tulsa International Airport in Oklahoma offered only a single potential clue into anything unusual by mentioning that the left engine’s fuel shutoff valve was in the closed position. Investigators added that they did not detect any other anomalies with either engine. The accident claimed the life of Dr. Perry Inhofe, son of U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.). Dr.
The NTSB issued a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking public comment regarding proposed changes to rules governing investigation procedures. It is proposing to organize investigation procedures into mode-specific subparts to make the rules easier to access and consult. The NTSB also proposed updating “some terms and procedures,” including using “event” to describe transportation mishaps in regulatory text.
For most companies, reputation is the most important possession, and that is particularly true in private aviation. No one is more aware of that than Dana Carr, co-owner, vice president and director of operations with Florida-based charter provider Air Trek. He has been working to restore his family-owned company’s image for the past six years, ever since the FAA revoked its air operator certificate, a move the NTSB later ruled was erroneous. “I was in shock,” Carr recalled before the audience at the National Air Transportation Association’s annual Air Charter Summit.
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