The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and NBAA will recognize aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling for his lifetime contributions to the industry, with an award and dinner tonight at the Omni Hotel here.
Robert Sturgell, deputy FAA administrator since March 2003, has become acting FAA Administrator following the end of Marion Blakey’s five-year term on September 13.
He has also been acting as COO of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization since the departure of Russell Chew while the agency conducted a search for Chew’s successor. The agency announced that former United Airlines pilot Henry Krakowski will fill that position.
Though business jet accidents in the first half of the year decreased 31 percent versus the same period last year, fatal accidents were up from two to five, according to figures released by Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. As a result, business jet-related fatalities were up from six last year to 14 in the first half of this year.
Aviation by far has the highest number of outstanding safety deficiencies of any form of transportation in the U.S., according to the NTSB, which authors an annual Most Wanted list of recommendations. Congress wants to know why.
Every year the NTSB updates its list of Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements, divided among the five transportation modes over which it has jurisdiction and a sixth listed as intermodal.
Government officials continue to shine a spotlight on general aviation security. Testifying last week before the House Committee on Homeland Security, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff said his department would soon unveil a plan to tighten security standards for general aviation aircraft (read: business airplanes) entering the country from overseas.
GDS Aero of Salem, Wis., has FAA-approved Falcon 2000/EX/EASy APU firewalls in stock for STC installation. According to the company, the firewalls offer substantially more resistance to stress cracking than the original equipment with no significant increase in weight. The company emphasizes that the firewalls are fully repairable for the life of the aircraft and its two-piece design significantly reduces labor time.
In the first half of this year business jet accidents decreased 31 percent from the same period last year, but fatal accidents were up from two to five, according to numbers released last month by Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. As a result, business jet-related fatalities were up from six in the first half of last year to 14 in the first half of this year.
ARG/US is offering safety training to round out its portfolio of safety-related services. Three courses are available: safety manager training, a three-day course on how to run a safety-management system; on-scene investigation, a three-day course designed to teach operators how to handle accidents effectively; and an aviation auditing course designed to teach the skills necessary to conduct effective internal audits.
It seems every aviation-related publication I have read for almost a year has included an article about last September’s tragic midair in Brazil. The event certainly warrants widespread attention. However, the discussion so far has not dug deeply enough into the larger issue of what happens to the flight crew in the event of an accident, especially in a country where an accident investigation is a criminal investigation.
NTSB members are strongly dissatisfied with the way in which Board chairman Ellen Engleman Conners is attempting to curb their activities. Three Board members–Carol Carmody, Richard Healing and Deborah Hersman–sent a letter to the chairman late this summer expressing their concerns. The Board did not make the letter public, but AIN obtained a copy of it.