The crew of a forward fire controller aircraft orbiting the recent Dog Rock fire in Yosemite National Park said the Cal Fire-operated S-2F3AT tanker that crashed October 7 might have collided with a tree before it struck the ground, according to the NTSB preliminary accident report. The accident killed the pilot, and post-impact fire destroyed the aircraft.
The FAA recently published a new advisory circular–AC 135-14B–to address operational procedures and equipment requirements for helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operators following an increase in fatal HAA accidents.
The Helicopter Association International will look at operational and flight safety issues faced by aerial firefighters and provide an overview of the upcoming 2015 fire season next month (November 17 to 19) at its firefighting safety conference in Boise, Idaho. The conference includes an interagency briefing with the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service. Attendance is free but advanced registration is required.
New York resident John Michael Dial was sentenced on October 2 in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, Calif., to two years incarceration and 12 months of supervised release for operating a helicopter without a valid pilot certificate, as well as for operating under a false identity. A federal investigation revealed that from Dec. 16, 2009, to Aug. 4, 2010, Dial operated news helicopters in the San Francisco area under a false identity.
Representatives of the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF), the independent international safety organization, are showcasing here at the NBAA Convention the latest initiatives focused on the business aviation community. These efforts include development of a security risk assessment tool, an update of the FSF’s Fitness for Duty standards and setting best practices for inexperienced operators in regions undergoing rapid growth in business aviation activity.
Boeing’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on October 17, completing its third and longest test mission since 2010. The unmanned spaceplane under development by the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office orbited for 674 days following its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., aboard an Atlas V launch vehicle last December.
Honeywell Aerospace (Booth 2000) announced that its Ovation Select cabin management system has been selected by PATS Aircraft Systems (Booth 4285) for installation on a Boeing BBJ2. According to Honeywell, the system is the “ultimate solution” for onboard high-definition entertainment, business productivity and connectivity.
Everyone seems to talk about aviation safety and the perpetual need to improve it, and there are a few valuable websites that anyone with a similar interest will find useful. Of course this is the Internet, so I can’t vouch for the accuracy of everything you may find at any of these sites, only that I think they’re worth digging into. If you know of others we should include in this list, write me at email@example.com
Recently launched Wingspan Systems of Mission, Kan., is in Orlando this week (Booth 1637) for the debut of its new RampTrack ground accident avoidance warning system. As the name suggests, RampTrack is a ground-based technology to help FBOs and ground-handling personnel avoid aircraft accidents.
Employing its “sensor fusion software,” RampTrack places multiple types of sensors inside hangars and on ramps to detect problems and alert ground crews to the potential for an accident in time to plan for avoidance, both for aircraft being moved and those that are parked.
Insurance underwriter Global Aerospace is highlighting its partnership with consulting firm Waypoint Global Strategies to provide training and logistical support to the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) community and Global Aerospace customers through its SM4 safety program.
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