Brazilian Socialist Party presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was among seven people killed aboard a Cessna Citation XLS+ that crashed around 10 a.m. yesterday while trying to land at Guaruja military air base, near the city of Santos. The Santos fire department confirmed that 11 people on the ground were injured when the aircraft crashed into the Boqueirão residential area, damaging five properties. The twinjet was destroyed by impact and a post-crash fire.
Business aircraft operators are frustrated that the FAA takes so long–months in many cases–to sign off Letters of Authorization (LOA), principally for RVSM operations. One operator has been waiting five months for an LOA after a Falcon changed ownership in April; this jet is flown and maintained by the same crew, and it was already N registered and RVSM approved before the sale. The operator recently nearly declared an emergency because he wasn’t allowed to climb above 29,000 feet and was facing a line of thunderstorms.
Brazilian Socialist Party presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was among seven people killed when a Cessna Citation Excel crashed around 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning while trying to land at Guaruja military air base, near the city of Santos. The Santos fire department confirmed that two people on the ground were killed when the aircraft crashed into the Boqueirão residential area, damaging five properties.
Gulfstream Aerospace has added a hangar specifically for mid-cabin aircraft maintenance at its service and completions facility at Outagamie County Regional Airport in Appleton, Wis. The 25,500-sq-ft building, which is leased from Outagamie County, comprises 18,000 sq ft of hangar space and 7,500 sq ft of office space. The building includes new hangar doors that enable it to accommodate all Gulfstream mid-cabin models, remodeled customer and employee offices, and a glass-enclosed conference room.
Rockwell Collins announced at the LABACE show that the Vector SMS available to its Arinc Direct customers has been approved by Bermuda’s Department of Civil Aviation to meet its requirement for safety management systems. The Vector program integrates with the Arinc Direct flight operation system, enabling users to identify risks and hazards, which can then be addressed through guidance or advisories. “Safety management systems are becoming a standard throughout the aviation industry worldwide,” said Bob Richard, staff vice president, Arinc Direct for Rockwell Collins (Booth 4002).
A business aircraft cabin wouldn’t be complete without a full range of electronics, with the most important for many passengers being Wi-Fi capability, to download presentations and documents, access e-mail and conduct Internet research.
Bermuda’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is now accepting the Vector Safety Management System (SMS), available to Rockwell Collins’ Arinc Direct customers, as a means of compliance for the country’s SMS mandate. The DCA requires foreign business aviation operators to have an SMS program in place or to have started the SMS implementation process. The web-based Vector SMS program, provided through an agreement with Polaris Aero, integrates with the Arinc Direct flight operation service so customers can implement all the critical components of a safety management system.
An Antonov An-140 operated by Iranian carrier Taban Air crashed on Sunday almost immediately following takeoff from Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport, killing 40 of the 48 people on board. The airplane, built in Iran under license by HESA and branded the Iran-140, took off at 9:45 a.m.
Some people scratched their heads when Gulfstream announced last month the inclusion of sales and marketing people into the company’s safety management system (SMS). Gulfstream, however, saw the move as closing the final loop in the SMS chain to link together all 14,000 people in 42 countries.
The FAA’s Airports Office and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) have jointly created a new safety system called Airport Voluntary Reporting System (AVRS) to allow the agency’s employees to report safety hazards more easily without fear of retaliation. The FAA and Natca signed a memorandum of understanding for the 18-month pilot program covering 338 of the 550 Airports Office employees.