Human-factors expert Dr. Tony Kern predicts that the business aviation accident rate “will go up 400 percent over the next 10 years” without significant upgrades to pilot training. Kern, a former B-1B bomber instructor pilot, made his remarks this week at Bombardier’s 15th annual Safety Standdown in Wichita.
Safety Management Systems
There’s only one thing more difficult for a pilot to deal with than being part of a small flight department and that is being a one-person show that often transforms that single employee into the chief pilot, maintenance director, scheduler, fueler and catering director, not to mention administrative assistant.
Eastern Michigan University in Ann Arbor will host the 2012 Professional Aviation Maintenance Association’s National Aviation Maintenance Symposium on January 19 and 20. “We are still solidifying speakers, but we’re focusing on topics such as customer service, asset management, communication, personnel issues and safety management systems,” Dale Forton, the organization’s president, told AIN.
Opposing comments filed by the Airports Council International-North America in response to the FAA’s proposed rule calling for the adoption of safety management systems for certified airports call for the agency to delay implementing the rule, citing “serious analytical, procedural and technical concerns” of the organization and its members.
Flight, duty and rest regulations currently being finalized for Part 121 airlines “can very well migrate over to the Part 135” on-demand sector, John Allen, head of the FAA’s flight standards office, warned charter operators at last month’s National Air Transportation Association Air Charter Summit.
“It’s likely that future rulemaking efforts will propose extending Part 121 [regulations] to Part 135,” he told attendees.
Wyvern, the Avinode group’s aviation safety auditing arm, has announced a global expansion of its review standard. Over the last few months the firm has rebranded its audit, which is now called “Wingman,” and will promote operators who have been through the process.
The FAA released an Information for Operators (InFO) bulletin about safety management systems (SMS) for general aviation (Parts 91 and 125) operators.
The 56th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), jointly sponsored by NBAA and the Flight Safety Foundation, last week hosted about 350 attendees and 30 exhibitors. Flight Safety Foundation president Bill Voss presented this year’s Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award to Bombardier Aerospace, for annual sponsorship of its free safety standdowns, now offered in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and soon in Asia (China).
Feedback on my safety management system article in AIN’s March 2011 issue exhibits the mixed feelings that business aviation users continue to have on the subject of SMS. One of the elements of the article that readers didn't like is the photo of the Citation CJ2 that ran off the runway at Atlantic City's Bader Field on May 15, 2005.
According to news reports, when the Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling platform suffered a catastrophic well-head blowout then burned and sank in the Gulf of Mexico last April, workers on the rig hesitated to implement multiple safety processes that might have helped save some or all of the 11 lives lost in the ensuing explosion and also prevent the spilling of millions of gallons of oil.