The FAA has issued an NPRM for an Airworthiness Directive targeting the Learjet 60 fire extinguishing system. It is prompted by two incidents of swapped fire-extinguishing wires and would require inspecting the electrical leads routed to the fire-extinguishing containers for proper identification and missing labels; to ensure the electrical leads are connected to the correct squibs; and corrective actions if necessary.
A new Gulfstream GV and GV-SP airworthiness directive calls for an inspection to determine whether a third Halon fire extinguisher bottle is installed in the APU fragment impact zone, revising the limitations section of the airplane flight manual to add restrictions for APU usage for certain airplanes having a third fire extinguisher bottle, and removing the third fire extinguisher bottle from certain airplanes.
Goodrich has acquired privately held Winslow Marine Products, maker of aircraft life rafts. Winslow was founded in 1941 and employs approximately 70 in Lake Suzy, Fla. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Days earlier, Sikorsky and Pratt & Whitney parent United Technologies announced its intent to acquire Goodrich for $16.5 billion.
Air-Care International’s Facts training division has added a new simulator to its stable of cabin safety training devices, an in-flight fire trainer. The mobile unit features a replica of a business jet cabin interior, made of metal so it won’t burn, with an enclosed lavatory, galley and cabin divan seating area.
After a study of the effectiveness of airbags and restraints, the NTSB has concluded that airbags in general aviation would save lives and urged the FAA–as a first step–to require retrofits of shoulder harnesses on GA airplanes that are not currently equipped with such restraints, among other recommendations.
• Require manufacturers to modify restraint systems vulnerable to being used incorrectly in newly built GA airplanes and to modify restraints in existing airplanes.
• Revise the guidance and certification standards for restraint systems to reduce the likelihood of misuse.
The 14th anniversary of TWA 800 came and went this past July 17. Except for family members of the victims, few remember anniversaries of tragedies after the 10th year has passed. The media and general public might lose interest, but for those working to prevent a future disaster, the memory of the Boeing 747 midair explosion remains vivid and concerns about preventing a similar future disaster remain strong.
Buckle up for safety! The long-running ad campaign that got us all to wear our seat belts when driving is just as relevant to airplanes as cars, and children as well as adults. DOT-mandated driving laws require young children to be not only restrained by seat belts but also ensconced in approved car seats.
Aircraft passengers tend not to worry about the in-flight safety of their children, says Lucille Fisher, whose job is writing and rewriting safety requirements for business aircraft owners and operators. But, she adds, the truth is they should.
The FAA has issued a request for comments on a final rule for an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for SICLI Halon 1211 portable fire extinguishers installed on various models of airplanes and rotorcraft, including some models built by Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault, Embraer and Eurocopter.