MedAire has expanded beyond the medical-assistance services and products the company has provided the airline and business aviation industry for 20 years, launching at the NBAA Convention last month a line of security products.
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) praised U.S. House of Representatives Aviation subcommittee chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) for urging the FAA to re-evaluate its recent proposal to subject employees of thousands of small businesses that indirectly serve the aviation industry to mandatory drug and alcohol testing.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded General Dynamics Aviation Services’ maintenance center in Westfield, Mass., its “Star” status. It is the highest level of recognition in the administration’s voluntary protection program.
Most maintainers believe that the aviation industry focuses on the flight 99.9 percent of the time, allotting the remaining 0.1 percent for the other aviation specialties. While those numbers certainly are exaggerated, the reality is that flight-deck issues receive much more attention than any other. That could be because pilot error is the number-one cause of aircraft accidents today.
Pilots making submissions to NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) should be aware that two people cannot receive immunity with a single submission.
Although the Transportation Security Administration’s general aviation airport security guidelines working group was unable to reach a consensus on how to categorize public- and private-use GA airports for security purposes, last month it urged the TSA not to “isolate” general aviation with more stringent security procedures than those being adopted as “best practices” by other modes of transportation such as maritime, rail or highways.
On Thursday the NTSB updated its “Most Wanted” list of safety improvements, and half of the 44 “critical” safety recommendations were issued to the FAA. The Safety Board identified runway safety as one of the most important issues for the agency to address.
Saab Systems (Stand W326) has launched the first phase of an integrated security system at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport. Developed under contract to LFV–the Swedish civil aviation authority– Saab Systems is working in partnership with Securitas to install a system that integrates all security functions and assets
to improve their efficiency and to make them “future-proof.”
“A troubling trend has developed that threatens to harm business aviation in unimaginable ways–complacency,” claims Aviation Security International. The Houston-based firm, which provides security information and training, said most flight departments fall “in the middle to low end” when it comes to aviation security. One of the weakest security links, according to ASI, is the FBO.
The 11th annual Safety Standdown–sponsored by Bombardier Aerospace, NBAA, the FAA and the NTSB–concluded late last month in Wichita. This year’s “War on Error” was expanded to a three-day general session, preceded by optional one-day workshops on Monday. The annual event is free to attendees. This year marked the first time the Safety Board cosponsored the seminar.