Videotapes from Iraq showing foreign hostages cowering in cages before being beheaded by their terrorist captors provide horrific testament to the danger that can bedevil expatriate employees today. By any definition, occupied Iraq remains a war zone and therefore an extreme example of the sort of workplace to which today’s global companies send their staff. But the truth is that there is now an all
Occupational safety and health
A meeting late last month between the FAA’s top regulatory officials and business aviation interests will likely result in renewed emphasis on new and existing aviation safety programs rather than any sweeping regulatory changes. The meeting came in the aftermath of six fatal turbine business aircraft accidents since late October.
Although excessive rainfall and mudslides have hit Southern California hard this winter, near-record lows in rain and snowfall elsewhere in the west are increasing the risk of forest fires. A Columbia Helicopters spokesman said, “There have already been several fast-moving grass fires in the area. If these conditions continue–and forecasts say they will–we will have tinder-dry forests that are ripe for fires.
A source close to the Mercury Air Centers division of Mercury Air Group told AIN at press time that plans to sell the division to Washington, D.C.-based Allied Capital are moving forward. With due diligence ongoing, the target date for closing the $70 million deal is the end of this month. Mercury Air Centers, one of four divisions of Mercury Air Group, operates 19 FBOs nationwide.
See www.flightsafety.org/damagecalculator for a new model for estimating the cost of ground accidents. The cost model is the Flight Safety Foundation’s first tool in its Ground Accident Prevention program and it includes direct and indirect costs. The tool should help operators reduce the cost of ground accidents.
Last month this column looked at safety management systems (SMS) and considered why the industry is embracing them. This month focus shifts to the key elements of such systems and their contribution to the industry’s livelihood.
As president and CEO, Stuart Matthews has been the face of the Flight Safety Foundation for the past 13 years. In October, he retired and handed the reins to William Voss, former director of air navigation for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Safety Management Systems (SMSs), popular in other industries for years, are coming to aviation because regulatory authorities, safety experts and industry leaders have proclaimed that SMS represents the future of safety management in our industry. Other countries have been working with safety management systems for years, and the SMS is now gaining traction in the U.S.
While safety is at the top of her list of priorities, new Transportation Secretary Mary Peters told the third annual FAA International Aviation Safety Forum early last month that President Bush has charged her with modernizing the U.S. ATC system, “including new approaches to funding to deal with our aging infrastructure.”
The FAA introduced another online information-dissemination vehicle on October 30, this one called Information for Operators (InFO). An InFO provides commercial operators information “that should help them meet certain administrative, regulatory or operational requirements with relatively low urgency or impact on safety,” the FAA explained.