Safety

April 2, 2008 - 10:37am

Hawker Beechcraft Beech 99, Moline, Ill. Feb. 18, 2008–The Suburban Air Freight cargo airplane had an in-flight fire in the wiring behind the instrument panel, causing minor damage. The pilot put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher and was not injured.

April 2, 2008 - 10:33am

Cessna 650 Citation III, Caico Seco, Venezuela, Feb. 18, 2008–Citation N385EM reportedly was cruising at FL330 when it went into a dive and crashed, killing all three occupants. The NTSB has not published a report and told AIN that it did not plan to send investigators.

March 28, 2008 - 11:40am

The NTSB has called the FAA’s response “unacceptable” to four out of six safety recommendations addressing human fatigue and duty-time limitations.

March 28, 2008 - 6:25am

The charter industry is shifting to a new way of thinking about safety. “We are going from a compliance-based ‘Do you meet the regulatory standard?’ to ‘What more should we do, how can we be safe, how can we tell the good story of this industry?’ [Charter] is becoming a larger player in the transportation marketplace.

March 6, 2008 - 12:09pm

The NTSB has called the FAA’s response “unacceptable” to four out of six safety recommendations addressing human fatigue and duty-time limitations. The agency issued the report to coincide with National Sleep Awareness Week.

March 6, 2008 - 11:54am

The FAA today said it planned to levy a $10.2 million civil penalty against Southwest Airlines for operating 46 airplanes that hadn’t undergone mandatory inspections for fuselage fatigue cracking. Subsequently, the airline found that six of the 46 airplanes had developed fatigue cracks.

February 24, 2008 - 3:31pm

Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US) said it has written a series of standards for on-site safety audits that are specific to helicopter operators. The ARG/US series begins with requirements that are common to virtually all types of operation and

February 21, 2008 - 9:01am

Yesterday, the newly formed Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) concluded its inaugural Air Charter Safety Symposium, which was held at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Va. The goal was to host 50 to 60 attendees, according to ACSF chairman and Priester Aviation chairman and CEO Charlie Priester, but more than 110 attendees filled the auditorium at the NTSB center.

February 21, 2008 - 9:01am

Yesterday, the newly formed Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) concluded its inaugural Air Charter Safety Symposium, which was held at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Va. The goal was to host 50 to 60 attendees, according to ACSF chairman and Priester Aviation chairman and CEO Charlie Priester, but more than 110 attendees filled the auditorium at the NTSB center.

February 18, 2008 - 4:21am

Despite a strong push for better safety by HAI through a series of training and awareness programs, total helicopter accidents in the U.S. declined only slightly last year from 80 in 2006 to 78 in 2007, while the total number of fatal accidents increased. Fatalities and off-shore accidents also increased, according to a summary of accidents released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.

 
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