This year’s accident picture is looking worse than last year’s. The number of fatalities from business jet accidents worldwide in just the first half of this year exceeds the number for all of last year, according to statistics gathered by AIN. In the first six months of this year, 29 people died in seven fatal crashes involving U.S.- and non-U.S.-registered business jets, compared with 23 people killed in eight fatal mishaps in all of last year.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member and pilot Dr. Earl Weener told attendees at an EAA AirVenture 2014 forum on Wednesday that the safety of corporate aviation is “very good and getting better.” He said personal general aviation flights continue to account for the majority of aviation accidents, and most of those are caused by a loss of aircraft control in the air and on the ground.
The FAA is proposing to adopt a new airworthiness directive for certain Sikorsky Model S-92A helicopters requiring the installation of a main gearbox (MGB) failed pump sensor and vacuum switch wiring, installing an MGB oil auto bypass system, activating aircraft management system (AMS) 7.1 software to show a new visual warning and installing updated enhanced ground proximity warning system software that includes an aural annunciation of a complete oil pressure loss condition.
An Air Algerie MD-83 crashed near Gao in Mali on July 24, while en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to the Algerian capital Algiers. On July 25, French troops in Mali located the wreckage and confirmed that all 116 people on board had been killed. They located one of the aircraft’s flight data recorders.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will host a high-level meeting on July 29 that will consider plans to more effectively mitigate potential risks to civil aviation of operating in conflict zones. The meeting, which was prompted by the apparent shooting down on July 17 of Malaysian Airlines’ Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, will be attended by ICAO Council president Dr.
The pilot and sole occupant of a Bell 206B died when he apparently lost situational awareness and control of his aircraft in rain and smoke conditions shortly after takeoff from a remote lake in southeast Manitoba. This conclusion came from a recently released Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) final report into the July 2013 accident.
The NBAA Access Committee last week reported forming a new weather subcommittee to focus on improvements to aviation weather information delivery and flight safety. NBAA president Ed Bolen said the subcommittee will fully support the general aviation weather initiatives managed by the FAA and other government agencies and also strive to improve current and predictive information.
The Flight Safety Foundation, in conjunction with the National Business Aviation Association, has released a call for papers for presentation at next May’s Business Aviation Safety Summit in Weston, Fla. Potential presenters should submit an abstract of up to 200 words on a topic relevant to business aviation safety, along with a CV, by Sept. 5, 2014. Electronic submissions are preferred; send to email@example.com or by fax to (703) 739-6708.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters Monday that the pilots of the Air Algerie that crashed in Mali last Thursday had asked air traffic controllers for permission to turn back toward their point of departure after they changed course due to a storm in the area (story first posted on July 25 and updated July 28 at 4:11 pm EDT) .
An ATR 72 operated by TransAsia crashed on July 23 during an instrument approach to Makong Airport, near Penghu in the Taiwan Strait. Forty-eight of the 58 people aboard the aircraft were reported dead. Local weather at the time of the late afternoon accident included heavy rain generated by Typhoon Matmo. Taiwan-area schools and financial markets were closed at the time of the crash due to the typhoon.