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.
Richard Komarniski, who has for 16 years been teaching human factors and safety subjects, spoke on Monday at the NBAA IA renewal session on safety management systems (SMS). Komarniski is founder of Grey Owl Aviation Consultants, which recently signed a letter of understanding with the FAA Safety Team welcoming Grey Owl as a national industry member specializing in human factors and SMS training.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is developing a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) for the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) that will incorporate feedback received from pilots, airport officials and others during the program’s initial public comment period.
The FAA has awarded a one-year renewable contract to Abaris Training to train its aviation safety inspectors in advanced composite maintenance and repair. The course, “Composite Awareness for the Aviation Safety Inspector,” reflects the growing use of composite materials in interior panels, control surfaces, wings and fuselages.
As business aviation has matured, the lessons learned from accidents and incidents have led to significant improvements in design, technology, materials and maintenance–all of which have made business jets one of the safest forms of transportation.
So here’s a pop quiz (true or false) for all you aviation enthusiasts:
1. All employees in safety-sensitive positions at U.S. airlines must be drug and alcohol tested.
2. These same employees need 10-year background checks before being hired.
3. Mechanics are considered as occupying safety-sensitive positions.
In a report titled “An Overview of Human Factors in Aviation Maintenance,” the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) concludes, “The errors of maintenance technicians are the visible manifestation of problems with roots deep in the organization. Yet until recently, maintenance personnel were overlooked by the human factors profession.
Since the August 2007 acquisition of StandardAero (Booth No. 1918) by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), the Tempe, Ariz.-based company has launched a number of new initiatives, including the expansion and redesign of some of its facilities, the opening of a new PW600 test cell and the implementation of a safety management system (SMS).
After nearly 30 years with the FAA, associate administrator for aviation safety Nick Sabatini will retire effective January 3, the agency announced last month. In the post, Sabatini has overseen regulation and certification matters at the agency. He will be replaced by Peggy Gilligan, deputy associate administrator for aviation safety. Sabatini has been associate administrator for aviation safety since June 2001.
Executive Jet Management (EJM) has been designated a Star Participant in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).