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.
Despite claims by one company that its system is ready for prime time, industry experts tell AIN that accurate radar birdstrike warning for pilots is similar to early TCAS development: technically feasible but requiring extensive testing and refinement before it can be certified and free of false alarms.
Section 303 of the FAA Reauthorization Act (H.R.915), which comes up for a vote this week in the House, would require inspection of all foreign Part 145 certificate holders by FAA personnel.
ARG/US International has announced acceptance of the International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) to meet the audit requirements of its charter operator rating system. IS-BAO is managed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). The acceptance by ARG/US is considered a significant advance toward a single audit standard for business aircraft operators.
For commercial and noncommercial aviation organizations trying to make sense of new rules and regulations in Europe, Swiss-based AeroEx is drawing on several decades of experience in many sectors of the aviation industry.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of the June 29, 2008 fatal midair between two Bell 407s on approach to Arizona’s Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) was the failure of both pilots to see and avoid the other, but significant contributing factors included the pilots noncompliance with established communications and noise-abatement procedures. The daylight VMC collision involved helicopters operated by Classic Helicopters and Air Methods.
The FAA relented and on April 24 made its entire birdstrike database available to the public.
Cincinnati-based specialized aviation services company ARG/US on Thursday released an on-site safety audit report focusing on commonly seen deficiencies in safety management systems (SMS) and emergency response planning (ERP). The report is based on 116 audits of Part 91 and 135 operators conducted by ARG/US between Jan. 1, 2007, and Feb. 28, 2009.
While the U.S. Senate has yet to introduce its version of an FAA reauthorization bill, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2009 (H.R. 915).
Continuing a shuffle of executive positions in the agency’s aviation safety organization, which began with the retirement of Nick Sabatini and others, acting FAA Administrator Lynne Osmus officially named Peggy Gilligan associate administrator for aviation safety, succeeding Sabatini.