NTSB officials recently arrived in Baghdad to train 22 students from the Iraqi civil aviation authority and air force. The training took place on October 14 through 18 at Iraq’s Aviation Training Institute in support of the country’s efforts to meet ICAO investigation standards. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad sponsored the training.
National Transportation Safety Board
The NTSB has issued 10 safety recommendations in the wake of its investigation into the April 2, 2011 crash of the G650 test aircraft. Five of the October 23 recommendations were intended for the FAA, two for Gulfstream Aerospace and the remaining three for the Flight Test Safety Committee. The Board recommends developing flight-test operating guidance for manufacturers.
Judging by the positive press from AOPA and EAA, one would think the pilot’s bill of rights is going to do wonders for pilots fighting FAA enforcement actions, especially the unfair kinds of action that many of us have criticized.
The safety investigator’s role has changed significantly over the past 15 years and investigators cannot use 20th century techniques to investigate 21st century accidents, NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman told last month’s International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) seminar in Baltimore.
According to some statistics, the aviation accident rate in African is nine times worse than anywhere else on earth. But it is improving, partially because of increased focus on the region internationally, but also because of efforts like the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Safe Skies Africa (SSA) program that began in 1998. It is now focusing on increasing the number of African countries that meet international aviation safety standards, and that means training accident investigators.
As an industry, aviation demands unwavering attention to procedure and regulations, and when those procedures are ignored and result in an accident, they garner the attention of NTSB member Robert Sumwalt and his colleagues. Last year pilot and air traffic controller professionalism landed on the Safety Board’s “Most Wanted” list for the first time, following a spate of concluded accident reports that indicated lapses in this area.
The National Transportation Safety Board issued four safety recommendations after its investigation into the January 27, 2009 loss-of-control crash of an Empire Airlines ATR 42-320 at Lubbock Airport (LBB), Texas. The NTSB said the flight crew failed to monitor and maintain a safe airspeed during an approach in icing conditions.
When National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chair Deborah Hersman says her agency represents, “The conscience and compass of the aviation world,” some people don’t not know how to react. Some interpret that kind of talk as a tad cocky, but that attitude changes pretty quickly.
The investigation continues into the midair collision of a Beechcraft Bonanza and a Piper PA-28 that took the lives of two people on May 28. The collision took place over Summerduck, Va., 45 minutes southwest of downtown Washington.