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.
In a final report released yesterday, the NTSB listed crew mismanagement of an abnormal flight situation and the pilots’ failure to control airspeed and prioritize control of the airplane as probable causes of the fatal crash of an aeromed Cessna Citation 550 into Lake Michigan on June 4, 2007.
Deborah Hersman was sworn in as the 12th chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board at the end of July, taking over from acting chairman Mark Rosenker. On June 18 President Obama nominated Hersman for the two-year term of chairman and she was confirmed by the Senate on July 24. She was also confirmed as a board member for her second five-year term, which runs through the end of 2013.
The number of birdstrikes reported annually in the U.S. rose from 1,759 in 1990 to 7,666 in 2007, and by Jan. 15, 2009, the statistics finally caught up with US Airways Flight 1549, piloted by the now famous Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and first officer Jeffrey Skiles.
While flight hours are down an estimated 20 to 30 percent from last year, business aviation accidents declined by nearly 50 percent during the first three quarters versus last year, according to statistics released yesterday by industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. In the first nine months, U.S.
The NTSB issued recommendations that the FAA revise birdstrike certification requirements and more carefully monitor charter operators following the Board’s determination of the probable cause of a birdstrike crash in Oklahoma City last year. The crash occurred on March 4, 2008, about two minutes after a Cessna Citation 500 registered to Southwest Orthopedic & Sports Medicine took off from Wiley Post Airport.
Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) is readying a software update for the Phoenix company’s TCAS II and TCAS 2000 traffic alert and collision avoidance systems to fix two potentially serious problems in the way the technology warns pilots of traffic threats.
Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) told AIN it is readying a software update for the Phoenix company’s TCAS II and TCAS 2000 traffic alert and collision avoidance systems to fix two potentially serious problems in the way the technology warns pilots of traffic threats.
Cessna Citation 500, Oklahoma City, Okla., March 4, 2008–The Board has determined that wing structural damage caused by one or more large birdstrikes
The FAA last month amended its certification standards for icing protection on transport-category airplanes. The new rule, which goes into effect September 2, will require new systems to increase pilot situational awareness during icing conditions.