The NTSB has added a number of new documents to thepublic docket for the April 2, 2011 crash of a flight test Gulfstream G650. The first entry was on April 14, 2011, and included photographs. The NTSB then added no other material to the docket until January 24, and since then information has been added on a frequent basis.
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Last year’s crash of a modified North American P-51 Mustang, into a crowd of spectators at the Reno National Championship Air Races, claimed the lives of 11 people including the pilot. The aircraft struck the box-seat stands at the south end of the course where 66 more people suffered serious injuries.
Speaking at the opening session at Heli-Expo yesterday, NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman, praised Helicopter Association International (HAI) for its creation of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and its new Safety Accreditation Program. She also challenged HAI members to continue efforts to promote Safety Management Systems (SMS) through IHST’s SMS Toolkit. When asked about NTSB’s contributions to IHST efforts, Hersman was quick to clarify: “You know we do not sit on committees, such as IHST, as voting members.
NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman, keynote speaker at today’s HAI Membership breakfast and meeting here at Heli-Expo 2011, praised HAI for its creation of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and its new Safety Accreditation Program. And she also challenged the HAI membership to continue its efforts to promote Safety Management Systems (SMS) through IHST’s SMS Toolkit.
The prospect of one laptop computer or smartphone erupting into lithium-battery-fed flames is daunting enough, but what about a pallet of lithium batteries carried as cargo? Some fiery accidents have been blamed on just that, and so far authorities have done little to prevent this type of accident from recurring.
The NTSB plans to hold a one-day hearing on air race and airshow safety at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The hearing is scheduled January 10 at 9:30 a.m. and will be chaired by NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman and include participation by all five NTSB board members.
On Tuesday, Robert Sumwalt was sworn in for his second five-year term as an NTSB board member. President Bush first appointed him to the Safety Board in August 2006 for a five-year term that concludes at the end of this month. Sumwalt was recently renominated by President Obama for a term that will end on Dec. 31, 2016.
Actor William Shatner will be a guest speaker at the 15th,annual Bombardier Safety Standdown, which takes place next Monday through Wednesday in Wichita. This year, the Safety Standdown format will combine the general sessions with workshops on a variety of safety-related topics. Speakers at the general sessions will include NTSB member Robert Sumwalt; Convergent Performance CEO Dr.
Amid changes to the format of its annual “most wanted” list, the NTSB has included improvement in general aviation safety as one of its hot-button topics. In the past, the Safety Board had used the list as a sort of scorecard, keeping track of the progress of its specific outstanding safety recommendations, which would remain in the list until they were resolved. That began to prove unwieldy as the number of open recommendations piled up.