After news broke last week of the Transportation Security Administration’s unauthorized inspections of Nashville (Tenn.) Airport pilots and employees and their baggage, concern about the TSA’s plans for random screening at FBOs has grown. A TSA document called the Playbook apparently outlines the procedures for random screenings at general aviation facilities, and NBAA has expressed concerns about planned Playbook-related actions.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says its new revised NFPA 409 standard does not require Group II hangars to be fitted with foam fire-suppression systems, as was previously thought by NATA and NBAA and reported in last week’s issue of AINmxReports.
Transportation Security Administration officials conducted unauthorized screening of passengers and flight crew at FBOs at Nashville International Airport in December and January, according to NBAA. The screening included checking “a number of pilots and passengers with wands and actual baggage searches,” NBAA vice president of safety, security and regulation Doug Carr noted in an e-mail to members.
Because it has not completed guidelines for a Safety Management System (SMS) for U.S. operators, the FAA filed a “difference” with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) early last month over the Jan. 1, 2009 deadline for having SMS requirements.
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All these worries keep you from sleeping. Sure. But what are they doing to you while you’re supposed to be working?
Two new online icing education courses were released this winter, one from King Schools and the other by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s Air Safety Foundation (ASF). Both offer a useful introduction and refresher on preparing for icing conditions and dealing with ice-related problems.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) says requiring foam fire suppression systems to be installed in Group II hangars is financially “impractical and not justifiable.” Group II hangars cover more than 12,000 sq ft and their main doors are up to 28 feet high.
Despite reports indicating that operators were flying less in 2008, the number of business aircraft accidents increased from the previous year, according to year-end statistics compiled by Boca Raton, Fla.-based aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
AirCare Solutions Group, which provides emergency training, products and services to business aviation and airline operators, purchased Majestic Aerotech, an Olympia, Wash.-based FAA- and EASA-approved repair station for emergency medical equipment. Majestic Aerotech occupies an 11,000-sq-ft facility and specializes in inspecting, repairing and certifying emergency medical and survival kits.
The NTSB’s chief administrative law judge dismissed an FAA emergency order of revocation of a New Jersey A&P’s mechanic certificate, Inspection Authorization and commercial pilot certificate following an investigation resulting from a nose-gear collapse on a 1947 Beech Bonanza. “This case is just another example of the FAA’s abuse of prosecutorial discretion,” said attorney Gregory Winton, who represented the mechanic.