At AEI’s 38th Annual Congress last month in Hamburg one of Europe’s leading regulators refused to support aviation industry whistleblowers. According to Robert Alway, a spokesman for Aircraft Engineers International (AEI) of The Netherlands, while many countries at least give lip service to protecting whistleblowers, Luftfahrt Bundesamt, Germany’s counterpart to the FAA, refused to support them.
Occupational safety and health
The June morning was already hot at Addison Airport, Texas, when the wail of emergency sirens pierced the air. As rescue workers dragged the casualties from the large-cabin jet, fire pumpers sent sprays of water toward the aircraft. Emergency medical technicians set up a triage unit nearby to determine the extent of the injuries, and ambulances were quickly loaded and dispatched to area hospitals.
Aviation safety is once again under scrutiny in Latin America after the fatal crash of Aires Airlines’ Boeing 737-700 on San Andrés Island on August 17. The accident resulted in one fatality and more than 100 injuries among the 127 passengers and crew when the Colombian airliner crashed upon landing during severe weather.
Several of the most influential corporate aviation organizations offer specific tools to assist in implementation of SMS programs, according to John Sheehan, audit manager for the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). In addition to the IBAC’s Risk Analysis Guidelines, he listed the organization’s booklet “SMS Tools” for achievement of the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO).
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) launched RA Check, an FAA-endorsed flight-risk assessment tool (Frat) designed to consider the
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) launched RA Check, an FAA-endorsed flight-risk assessment tool (Frat) designed to consider the probability, severity and weighted value of 38 leading accident causal factors.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has developed a common safety approach for global companies operating aircraft in the mining and resources sector, and the plan has received the endorsement of the Minerals Council of Australia, which represents resource companies producing more than 85 percent of that country’s annual mineral output.
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.
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.”