One provision of the Congressional FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 required the FAA to develop a policy under which the requirements of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration could apply to cabin crewmembers. The FAA’s aviation safety regulations always take precedence, but OSHA might be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards currently not covered by FAA oversight.
The General Accountability Office’s final report on the effectiveness of the FAA’s Federal Contract Tower (FCT) program said that while the program delivers ATC services at a lower cost than FAA-operated facilities, the entire program requires improved oversight.
L-3 Aviation Products has brought together its four avionics units, branding them under the commercial products banner. “This covers several product lines,” said Larry Ridde, vice president of sales and marketing, business and regional aircraft, for L-3 Aviation Products.
The European Helicopter Safety Team (Ehest) has published a “training leaflet” for single-pilot operations, in a bid to curb accidents stemming from poor decision-making. The document highlights common errors and suggests strategies to prevent a pilot from being caught in a fatal spiral of events after having chosen the wrong option.
Helicopter EMS provider Air Evac Lifeteam has entered the third level of the FAA’s safety management system (SMS) voluntary pilot project. Air Evac has 110 bases in 15 states and has been enrolled in the pilot project since February 2010. Dave Hardin, Air Evac’s director of safety, characterizes the company’s participation in the pilot project as a “challenging, but beneficial, process in the interest of safety.” Air Evac is only the third Part 135 operator to progress beyond Level 2, according to the FAA.
Three Jet Aviation U.S. operations have met the requirements to establish, document, implement and continually improve their environmental, health and safety management systems in accordance with ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. The locations that received the internationally recognized certifications are St. Louis; Teterboro, N.J.; and Boston/Bedford, Mass.
Argus Prism released what it claims is the first-ever flight-risk analysis tool (Frat) app for the iPad. The free app is intended to be integrated with a comprehensive safety management system (SMS). With the app, operators can access specifically designed flight-risk analysis report forms, allowing them to record risk factors, submit the Frat report and activate any required notifications for excess risk.
Flight Display Systems (Stand 1932) is introducing its upgraded Select CMS Platinum cabin management system at EBACE. The U.S. company claims that, compared to the original Select CMS, the Platinum version offers higher quality, better reliability and lower costs, and it is easier to install.
The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) suspended the operations of Alligator Airways on May 3.
RAA vice president Scott Foose knows the “granularities” of the various issues with which the association grapples every day as well as anyone in the industry. A 9,100-hour, ATP-rated pilot and a former senior manager in Allegheny Airlines’ flight operations and safety department, the RAA veteran also brings as balanced a perspective as one could find on the merits and shortcomings of some of the rulemaking stemming from H.R. 5900, the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010.