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.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has sharply criticized the interference of prosecutors in ongoing accident investigations in Italy and France, warning that such interference hampers efforts to improve aviation safety and prevent similar accidents in the future.
Acting FAA administrator Lynne Osmus has appointed new personnel following last year’s departure of associate administrator for aviation safety Nicolas Sabatini and director of Flight Standards Service James Ballough. Osmus appointed Peggy Gilligan the new associate administrator for aviation safety and moved John Allen from deputy director to director of Flight Standards Service.
The FAA published a revised Airworthiness Directive today for Boeing 777-200s and -300s equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 800 engines. The new AD adds further procedures to prevent ice buildup that can clog fuel lines.
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.
The economy is tanking, airlines are folding or merging, jobs are vanishing in droves, your 401(k) is a shadow of its former self, looking forward to retirement is a joke, and keeping your job–and your health–are your only hopes for 2009.
All these worries keep you from sleeping. Sure. But what are they doing to you while you’re supposed to be working?