Air safety

March 26, 2007 - 10:42am

U.S.-based Safe Flight Instrument announced that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will certify the company’s Powerline Detection System
on the Eurocopter AS 355. The system senses radiating electromagnetic fields from live wires and warns pilots about them.

March 26, 2007 - 10:41am

Ed Bolen, president and CEO of NBAA, described the recently released FAA funding proposal as “one of the greatest threats business aviation has ever faced.” According to Matthew Zuccaro, president of the Helicopter Association International (HAI), it is an even bigger threat to the helicopter industry.

March 26, 2007 - 7:24am

Cessna Citation 550, Fort Yukon, Alaska, Sept. 30, 2005–The NTSB has concluded that the University of North Dakota icing research jet accident was caused by the pilot’s improper use of anti-icing equipment during cruise, which resulted in ice ingestion into both engines and the complete loss of power. Factors were the icing conditions, inadequate crew resource management and failure to use a checklist.

March 26, 2007 - 6:53am

President Bush has named Kerry Long, a self-described “aviation enthusiast” with nearly three decades of experience in aviation law, to serve as chief counsel for the FAA.

March 26, 2007 - 6:23am

Although the FAA has finally acquiesced to allowing commercial pilots to fly past their 60th birthday, a group of legislators has introduced a bill that would move the process along at what passes for “warp speed” in Congress.

March 23, 2007 - 12:38pm

Mitsubishi garnered top bragging rights in the most recent AIN product-support survey, and the biennial pilots’ review of proficiency (PROP) seminar series is one good reason why. How many manufacturers sponsor regular owner/operator safety seminars–let alone doing so for aircraft that went out of production almost two decades ago?

March 23, 2007 - 12:13pm

The FAA has received less than 10 submissions in the more than 60 days it has been requesting operators to submit opinons about regulations they find “burdensome, unnecessary or impose needless economic costs”. To date, none of the major trade groups have issued comments. But there is still time to submit comments–the deadline is May 25.

March 23, 2007 - 12:10pm

Comments are due May 24 on the FAA’s proposal to replace the current designee program for companies and organizations with a new one that expands the functions that designees may perform, permits non-FAA-certified individuals and companies to become designees and rolls existing organizational designee categories into one “organization designation authorization” (ODA).

March 22, 2007 - 11:43am

The U.S. Senate has passed a legislation package addressing many of the 9/11 Commission’s aviation security recommendations that have not yet found their way into law. Notably, the proposed rules would give the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) one year to develop a threat assessment program for general aviation airports, as well as conduct a study on the feasibility of providing grants to these airports for security upgrades.

March 22, 2007 - 9:42am

• Congress dodged the dog days of August by taking a six-week recess beginning July 22, but not before legislators increased their bills introduced count to 2,772 in the Senate and 5,001 in the House of Representatives.

 
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