Despite the fact that there were no fatal accidents last year involving commercial air transport fixed-wing aircraft flown by operators based in the member states of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the authority’s executive director, Patrick Ky, has warned against complacency.
The latest version of Star Navigation’s Star-ISMS flight safety monitoring system is designed to supplement an aircraft’s on-board digital flight data recorders through its ability to transmit real-time information to ground stations at user-defined intervals. The new system also provides after-landing reports, intelligent flight data transmission and more detailed live flight data alerts to ground personnel through satellite communications.
Retired Brazilian soccer star Fernandao Lúcio da Costa and four others died June 7 in central Brazil in the nighttime crash of a Helibras HB350BA Esquilo helicopter. The privately owned helicopter took off in calm, clear skies at 1:25 a.m. from a river beach in Araunã, 220 miles from the state capital Goiânia, and traveled less than 1,000 feet before crashing with sufficient force to separate the cabin and tail. On June 13, a Cessna CitationJet carrying mourners to a funeral mass for Fernandao crashed at Araunã, but everyone on board survived.
The NTSB is investigating the June 11 crash of a Bell 206 about 90 miles south of Houma, La., while on approach to an oil rig. The accident killed both the pilot and the passenger. Workers on the oil rig deployed a life raft after the accident but found that the helicopter had already sunk into the Gulf of Mexico.
Nearly 200 people attended the first day of a five-day aviation safety conference last Wednesday in Nepal focused on reducing aviation risks in that country. Nepal’s airlines are currently banned from operating in European Union airspace because of safety concerns. The conference was jointly organized by the United Nations’ World Food Program Aviation Safety unit, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and Airlines Operators Association of Nepal.
Richard Rockefeller, the grandson of oil industry leader John D. Rockefeller, died last Friday morning when the Piper Meridian single-engine turboprop he was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff from New York’s Westchester County (HPN) Airport. Weather at the time was reported as low clouds with drizzle. The pilot did not communicate with ATC before the crash.
The NTSB’s investigation into the Gulfstream IV-SP that crashed while taking off from Runway 11 at Bedford Hanscom Field near Boston on May 31 appears to be focusing on the twinjet’s control wheel mechanical gust-lock system, according to a preliminary accident report released by the agency today. “After the rotate callout, the cockpit voice recorder captured comments concerning aircraft control,” the report notes. All seven aboard–three crewmembers and four passengers–died in the accident.
The pilot of a Papillon Airways air-tour Airbus AS350B3 was killed May 18 at a helistop at the bottom of the Grand Canyon after exiting the helicopter for a fluid check while leaving the engine running and the blades turning, according to an NTSB preliminary report issued on Tuesday. Witnesses said the empty helicopter then became airborne, hit the ground and rolled over. Its rotor blades struck and killed the pilot.
Rick Wielebski has been named general manager of Landmark Aviation’s Boeing Field/King County International Airport location. Wielebski has more than 10 years’ experience in the aviation industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His background includes experience in both general and commercial aviation. Before joining Landmark, he was the general manager for Atlantic Aviation’s Tulsa International Airport location.
On June 6 Airbus Defence and Space’s Military Aircraft division handed over the first of three C295 medium transport aircraft to the Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana. The aircraft have been ordered for a range of military and humanitarian transport missions, and will be particularly useful in supporting populations in remote and mountainous regions of the country. All three C295s are to be delivered before the end of the year, and their arrival will allow the last elderly Avro 748s to be retired.