Earl Weener, a former Boeing engineer and a fellow at the Flight Safety Foundation, was nominated by President Obama to fill the last vacancy on the NTSB. If he is confirmed by the Senate, he will be the third pilot on the five-member Board.
Occupational safety and health
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) was formed in 2005 with the goal of reducing worldwide helicopter accidents by 80 percent by 2016. That translates into an overall accident rate of 1.9 per 100,000 flight hours, or the elimination of 1,700 accidents and 1,100 fatalities.
In response to the rash of helicopter accidents experienced over the past few years by the medical transport industry, the National Emergency Medical Services Pilots Association (Nemspa) has rolled out a new safety/risk assessment plan known as the “No Pressure Initiative.”
Ed Stimpson, 75, the first and long-time head of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), died on November 25 at his home in Boise, Idaho. Following a career at the FAA, Stimpson led GAMA for a quarter century and was one of the driving forces behind the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994.
In 2005 the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) was formed with the ambitious goal of reducing helicopter accidents 80 percent by 2016. The group was modeled after the Commercial Aviation Safety Team, which is credited with a significant accident rate reduction among fixed-wing carriers. It now appears the IHST’s work may be having a measurable impact.
Continuing the recent trend of safety improvement, business aviation accidents declined nearly 50 percent during the first three quarters of this year compared with the same period last year, according to statistics released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
Each year, NBAA recognizes the top aviation maintenance and avionics technicians with excellent safety records who work for member companies. Maintaining corporate aircraft or avionics for three accident-free years is the minimum requirement for an NBAA Safety Award but the actual number of years for many of the top technicians adds up to four decades or more.
NBAA’s board of directors has named industry stalwart Richard (Dick) Van Gemert, a current Jet Aviation Holdings US executive and long-time head of Xerox’s flight department, as this year’s winner of the John P. “Jack” Doswell award, in honor of his commitment to operational excellence in business aviation.
Among programs new to NBAA this year is the Cessna-sponsored Single Pilot Safety Standdown. Part of the slate of educational programs intended for NBAA’s cancelled Light Business Airplane show originally scheduled for last March, the standdown, which takes place on Thursday, aims to provide single-pilot owner/operators with the same quality of safety education available to other segments of
Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings has introduced a full line of primers that are free of chrome and lead hazards. The products meet three key industry requirements–faster priming application, protection of the aircraft substrate and compliance with OSHA standards for chromate and lead exposure.