The FAA issued an emergency order of revocation against Marpat Aviation of Switzer, W.Va., on August 27 for allegedly violating some conditions of its rotorcraft external-load operator certificate. The FAA believes Marpat failed to use a qualified chief pilot, falsified an application for renewal of its certificate and refused to comply with repeated FAA instructions to amend its flight manual. The agency says the company also operated its aircraft in a careless and reckless manner. Marpat subsequently surrendered its operating certificate.
The 45th annual seminar of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) will be held October 13 to 16 at the Stamford Hotel in Glenelg, near Adelaide, Australia. The theme for this year’s seminar is investigations and safety management systems. ISASI members include professional aircraft accident investigators and analysts from 60 countries.
The U.S. helicopter safety team (USHST) has begun a recruitment drive to convince more helicopter safety experts to join its efforts to reduce accidents and fatalities in the industry. The USHST comprises members from both industry and government focused on safety management, training, maintenance and safety technology.
More than 100 people attended Bell Helicopter’s Latin America regional safety symposium for rotorcraft pilots and technicians, held August 11 at the São Paulo World Trade Center in Brazil. The event, which coincided with the annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, highlighted Bell’s support of the International Helicopter Safety Team’s mission to establish partnerships in countries with significant helicopter operations and encourage development of safety interventions.
The FAA on August 14 released its final solicitation for a new Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) tasked with identifying current and future issues critical to the safe integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace. These issues include detect-and-avoid technology, control and communications, low-altitude operations safety, compatibility with ATC operations and training and certification of UAS pilots and other crewmembers. The agency will support this new COE with at least $500,000 per year over the next 10 years.
The FAA announced that the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site Virginia Polytechnic Institute will manage is cleared to start flying aircraft.
Rockwell Collins announced at the LABACE show that the Vector SMS available to its Arinc Direct customers has been approved by Bermuda’s Department of Civil Aviation to meet its requirement for safety management systems. The Vector program integrates with the Arinc Direct flight operation system, enabling users to identify risks and hazards, which can then be addressed through guidance or advisories. “Safety management systems are becoming a standard throughout the aviation industry worldwide,” said Bob Richard, staff vice president, Arinc Direct for Rockwell Collins (Booth 4002).
The FAA is reviewing a response from Norwood (Mass.) Airport officials to allegations they violated federal obligations requirements and discriminated against Boston Executive Helicopters. In a complaint filed in May under the provisions of FAR Part 13, Boston Executive Helicopters said the airport’s actions “were clearly done to prevent” it from building an FBO.
Some people scratched their heads when Gulfstream announced last month the inclusion of sales and marketing people into the company’s safety management system (SMS). Gulfstream, however, saw the move as closing the final loop in the SMS chain to link together all 14,000 people in 42 countries.
Airlines should not expect to see unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying regularly in U.S. airspace “anytime soon,” a senior official with the Federal Aviation Administration told pilots August 7. The assurance came amid continuing reports of unauthorized UAS flights near airliners.
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