The FAA Technical Center’s Airport Safety Reseach & Development Branch is evaluating new signage and markings for approach hold and runway safety areas at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Similar signs will be installed at Nashville International Airport (BNA) in December. The agency said some signage markings vary from airport to airport and the discrepancies could lead to confusion. Pilots are encouraged to evaluate the new signs by taking a brief FAA survey.
The three-day Helitech International helicopter exhibition and conference, which opens on Tuesday, will be held for the first time in Amsterdam. Some 180 exhibitors will share the Amsterdam RAI convention center’s floor, and the event features an extensive conference program.
The number of fatalities from business jet accidents in the first nine months outpaced those from the same period last year, despite a decline in the number of nonfatal accidents for jets and turboprops this year.
According to preliminary statistics compiled by AIN, 15 people died in four accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets in the first nine months of this year. In the same period last year 13 people were killed, also in four accidents. All eight of the fatal accidents in the two periods befell jets operating under Part 91.
Turboprop aircraft manufacturer Daher-Socata issued Service Information 2014-008, “Review of High-altitude Operations,” in the wake of the loss of N900TN, a TBM900 that crashed with two on board in open water off the northeast coast of Jamaica on September 5. Cabin depressurization and/or hypoxia are suspected factors in the accident.
Garmin’s angle of attack (AOA) system for general aviation aircraft is now shipping after recently receiving FAA approval. The system includes the GI 260 AOA indicator, GAP 26 angle of attack probe and GSU 25 air data computer, which combine to display safety-enhancing AOA and audible alerts throughout critical phases of flight. Price for the system starts at $1,499, and customers can choose from a variety of packages that accommodate 14V and 28V aircraft.
Despite an estimated $535 million overage in aviation insurance claims this year stemming from a recent spate of foreign airline losses–including two fatal crashes involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777s and a rebel attack at Libya’s Tripoli International Airport that damaged 20 airplanes–Corporate Aviation Insurance Group president Matt Drummelsmith doesn’t expect any effect on insurance premiums for U.S.-based aircraft operators.
Ten days after the Chicago air route traffic control center (ZAU) was shut down by a saboteur’s fire that badly damaged the facility’s infrastructure, business aviation operations seem to have recovered fairly well. According to the air traffic services team of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), bizav operations at Chicago-area satellite airports were moving well last week.
The Aireon Aircraft Locating and Emergency Response Tracking (Aireon Alert) network, a free service expected to be rolled out in 2017, will allow rescue agencies to request the location and last flight track of any 1090 MHz ADS-B-equipped aircraft anywhere in the world, including remote or oceanic regions not covered by ATC surveillance.
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) recently reorganized a number of resource documents to help helicopter pilots maintain currency. One guide, which is focused on autorotations, evolved after the FAA discovered a need to raise awareness of the risks inherent in conducting these maneuvers in the training environment, particularly the 180-degree autorotation. The guide was also designed to recommend procedures to help reduce those risks.