NBAA traditionally fills the opening general sessions to the largest trade event in business aviation with distinguished speakers from the industry, legislative and regulatory areas. The opening session at NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Fla., yesterday was no exception, as NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.); Christopher Hart, acting secretary of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB); and Enterprise Holdings chairman Andrew Taylor.
The new Artex ELT 1000 emergency locator transmitter from ACR Electronics, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,has received Cospas-Sarsat and FAA approvals and is now for sale.The ELT 1000 is designed with multiple installation configurations to reduce overall installation cost and is “competitively priced.” Information on the new ELT and the other ACR Electronics offerings is available at the ACR/Artex booth (4035).
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Recently launched Wingspan Systems of Mission, Kan., is in Orlando this week (Booth 1637) for the debut of its new RampTrack ground accident avoidance warning system. As the name suggests, RampTrack is a ground-based technology to help FBOs and ground-handling personnel avoid aircraft accidents.
Employing its “sensor fusion software,” RampTrack places multiple types of sensors inside hangars and on ramps to detect problems and alert ground crews to the potential for an accident in time to plan for avoidance, both for aircraft being moved and those that are parked.
“Owner-flown aircraft face unique challenges such as a lack of guidance, financial support and clear safety procedures set to a standard,” said NBAA Safety Committee chairman Jim Lara. To that end, the association is conducting a full-day, single-pilot safety standdown on October 20, just before the NBAA Convention. The gathering will draw upon the experiences of pilots, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer information sharing.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has no choice but to cut the services it provides or raise more money over the next decade, according to an FAA executive involved in planning the agency’s next reauthorization.
The U.S. Department of Interior announced via the Federal Register on September 23 that it is considering new rules to reduce the risk of injury or property damage at offshore oil-platform helidecks. The rules, which will be issued by the Bureau of Safety and Environment Enforcement, focus on new safety standards for the design, construction and maintenance of helidecks, as well as the storage and handling of aviation fuel. The public can comment until November 24.
NASA’s October 1 crash test of a former-U.S. Marine helicopter at the Langley Research Center’s Landing and Impact Facility was designed to test three energy-absorbing composite subfloor concepts. The tests are designed to improve protection for occupants from injuries sustained during a real accident. Forty cameras installed in the cabin recorded how 13 crash dummies reacted to the accident.
The Federal Aviation Administration is processing more than 50 requests from applicants seeking to operate small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by exemption under a provision of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act. The number of applicants exceeds what the FAA reported one week ago when it announced the first authorizations.
The Center for Aviation Safety Research at Saint Louis University (SLU) and the Professional Aviation Board of Certification and Professional Testing have signed a joint agreement to evaluate the use of enhanced knowledge testing for pilots. The aim is to ensure that pilot training effectively prepares new aviators for employment in an industry with knowledge and skill requirements radically different from those previous generations faced.
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