The NTSB has come out against two amendments in the FAA reauthorization bill that the Board believes could adversely affect safety. In a letter to Rep.
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After a study of the effectiveness of airbags and restraints, the NTSB has concluded that airbags in general aviation would save lives and urged the FAA–as a first step–to require retrofits of shoulder harnesses on GA airplanes that are not currently equipped with such restraints, among other recommendations.
Late last year the NTSB issued recommendations (A-10-124 through -128) in response to the 2009 fatal Hudson River midair between a Piper Lance and a tour helicopter that killed nine over New Jersey. Among those recommendations: the Safety Board wants the FAA to develop standards for, and then mandate installation of, electronic advisory systems for electronic news gathering, air tour and passenger charter helicopters.
After losing its case against charter operator Air Trek of Punta Gorda, Fla., in March, the FAA petitioned the NTSB for reconsideration in an attempt to avoid having to pay $121,991.34 in attorney fees to Air Trek.
Bombardier’s four-day Safety Standdown seminar, which concluded today in Wichita, was fully booked. A new format was launched this year, featuring two days of workshops and two days of general sessions. New on the agenda at this 14th annual edition were workshops on aviation meteorology, human performance, advanced aerodynamics and aviation leaders/managers, the last-mentioned focusing on establishing benchmarks for professional ethics.
The European Parliament on Tuesday voted to adopt a new regulation on aviation safety that could conceivably lead to the establishment of a Europe-wide counterpart of the U.S. NTSB. While each nation will continue to run its own investigation office for air transport accidents, the new regulation creates a “European network of civil aviation safety investigation authorities.”
After investigating four accident flights operated under code-sharing arrangements in the past three years, the NTSB will hold a two-day symposium on October 26 to 27 on such agreements between regional airlines and major carriers.
The investigation continues into the cause of last month’s crash of a de Havilland Canada DHC-3T Otter turboprop-conversion floatplane in Alaska that killed five, including former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), and left four others seriously injured, including former NASA administrator and current EADS North America chairman Sean O’Keefe and his teenage son.
The NTSB has dispatched a team of investigators to assist the government of Colombia with its investigation of yesterday's airplane accident on the Caribbean island of San Andrés.
At about 1:50 a.m. local time, an Aires Airlines Boeing 737-700 (HK-4682), crashed during landing at Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport, killing just one of the 131 occupants. Flight 8250 originated in Bogota.