Terrain-avoidance warning systems (TAWS) technology, which has been credited with preventing several potential major accidents, underscores the need for continued flight-operations vigilance, especially during the approach and landing phases, according to safety consultant Capt. Dan Gurney.
Which type of public air-transport service is safest–mainline, regional or low-cost carrier (LCC)? It might be a surprise, given possible assumptions about the perceived priorities at the various carrier types, that a recent report suggests the LCCs are safest.
German charter operator Cirrus Aviation recently issued a call for 20 cabin attendants to crew its growing fleet of large business jets. In addition to a high level of flexibility and mobility, assignments worldwide require excellent English skills as well as knowledge of another language, “preferably Russian,” the company said.
Roy Horridge, owner of grounded Houston-based Air Ambulance by B&C Flight Management, and William Sexton, a former mechanic and officer with the firm, were indicted last month for aircraft parts fraud and bank fraud.
Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla., has released its 2005 turbine business aircraft accident review. The 500-page report, available for $330, includes historical safety data as well as details of “each accident and incident reported worldwide” involving business jets, turboprops and turbine helicopters.
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has passed a bill that would raise the age limit for airline pilots to 65 when the pilot is serving as a required pilot on a multicrew aircraft and the other pilot is younger than 60 years of age. The measure has been placed on the legislative calendar for a vote by the full Senate.
The first quarter of this year continued the downward trend in fatalities from turbine business aircraft accidents. According to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates
Flight Options recently became the first fractional provider approved by the FAA to participate in the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). The program, already widely in use by the airlines, is meant to enhance aviation safety through crews’ voluntarily reporting of “critical safety information.”
“How much weather information does a pilot really need?” This was a question posed by meteorologist James Tauss at a recent NASA conference on integrated communications, navigation and surveillance in Baltimore. Tauss, an aviation weather specialist at Aviation Management Associates, Alexandria, Va., who has worked with the FAA, NASA and private industry for close to 30 years, has developed a different way of looking at this question.
Despite the addition of money for aircraft certification to the FAA budget for Fiscal Year 2006, original equipment manufacturers complained to a congressional panel meeting in Wichita that they are at a competitive disadvantage in the global marketplace because of continuing certification delays.