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.
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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.
Even in the wake of revelations that two Dallas healthcare workers had contracted Ebola from a Liberian man in their care, the International Air Transport Association has issued no special guidance to its airline members for containing the potential spread of the disease in airplanes. Rather, it relies on the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which, according to IATA, it shares with its members.
OK, so it wasn’t an accident; it’s just that the NASA folks are getting rather good at intentionally crashing helicopters. The latest in its series of engineered rotorcraft crashes was conducted earlier this month when the agency dropped the more than four-and-a-half-ton fuselage of a former U.S. Navy CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter for the second time in little more than a year.
The Bell 206L-1 that crashed on October 4 while approaching a hospital helipad in Wichita Falls, Texas, had collided with power lines about one block northeast of the building, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The crash killed the patient and the flight nurse; the pilot, who was interviewed by NTSB investigators, and paramedic were seriously injured.
The Part 135 helicopter was on a night VMC approach to the United Regional Hospital at approximately 1:55 a.m. local when it crashed.
This year, Bombardier’s Safety Standdown took a themed approach focused on attention and distraction issues through a series of 32 different seminars. The agenda included the following topics: Attention Control Techniques; After the Scene of the Accident: Causal Distractions; Technology in the Cockpit; Managing Human Fatigue to Enhance Safety; and Loss of Control In Flight: Attention Empowers Prevention.