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.
Despite reports indicating declining flight hours for 2008, the number of business aircraft accidents increased from 2007, according to year-end statistics compiled by Boca Raton, Fla.-based aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates. The totals show a rise in the number of business aviation accidents from 55 in 2007 to 69 in 2008, while the number of fatal accidents rose correspondingly from 17 to 24.
Because it has not completed guidelines for a Safety Management System (SMS) for U.S. operators, the FAA on Tuesday filed a “difference” with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over the Jan. 1, 2009, deadline for having SMS requirements. Compliance with the ICAO standard depends on FAA action to define specific requirements, but the agency has not yet developed regulations or policy for implementation of SMS by operators.
David Cann, the FAA’s former chief of the Flight Standards Service’s aircraft maintenance division, is now vice president of regulatory compliance for aircraft maintenance provider AAR of Wood Dale, Ill. Cann retired from his FAA job last January and formed consulting firm DC Aviation.
An NTSB safety alert issued late last month urges pilots to activate leading-edge de-ice boots as soon their airplane enters icing conditions, “unless the aircraft flight manual or the pilot’s operating handbook specifically directs not to activate them.” According to NTSB acting chairman Mark Rosenker, “This Safety Alert is intended to increase the visibility of airplane icing issues and address procedures taught regarding the accumulation of
The February 27 deadline for comments about the Transportation Security Administration’s Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) rules proposal is rapidly approaching, and on December 17 the TSA released plans for a series of town hall meetings to solicit more input from the general aviation community. The meetings begin January 6 at Westchester County Airport and end January 28 in Houston (see box).
Concerned by mounting losses in emergency medical services (EMS) flights, the NTSB has added the safety of such flights to its 2009 Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements.
It is an old but still valid saying that “safety is no accident,” although to Gates Aviation Consulting (Stand No. 227) the subject is rather complex and the company is ready to offer its expertise to business aviation operators and users. Managing partner Ron Lindsay and senior consultant David Saunders can provide plentiful examples of how safety can be overlooked.
Due to a high number of fatal aeromedical accidents over the past year, the NTSB yesterday announced it will hold a public hearing on the safety of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operations. The three-day hearing will begin on February 3 at the NTSB’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.