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 FAA said an updated draft of advisory circular (AC) 90-114A was created to facilitate operations using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology to remain in compliance with Part 91.225 and 91.227, required after Jan. 1, 2020. The AC applies to all U.S. operators intending to use ADS-B and provides guidance for the authorization of additional ADS-B Out and ADS-B In operations and their associated aircraft qualification and maintenance requirements.
Airbus is working hard to complete A350 flight testing, which it hopes to close by the end of next month in preparation for formal European Aviation Safety Agency airworthiness approval in September. Principal remaining work involves long-range flights now under way following a maximum-energy rejected take-off (MERTO) demonstration at Istres Air Force Base in France on July 19. By July 22, the five A350 test aircraft had logged more than 2,250 hours during about 540 flights involving more than 1,380 takeoff/landing cycles.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on July 24 lifted the prohibition on U.S. flights to and from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport it imposed earlier this week due to the fighting in Gaza. The agency said it cancelled a notice to airmen (Notam) it had earlier renewed, with the cancellation becoming effective at 11:45 EDT.
A coalition of aviation trade associations spoke out on behalf of the international maintenance, repair and overhaul market. While the matter at hand was drug and alcohol testing at foreign aviation repair stations, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association says that what is really at stake is international sovereignty, the health of the global aeronautical business community and the safety of the flying public worldwide.
The FAA issued an emergency Notam today that prohibits the flight of all U.S. air carriers and commercial operators, U.S.-registered aircraft and FAA-certificated airmen into and out of Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, for a minimum of 24 hours. The ban does not apply to U.S.-registered aircraft operated by foreign carriers. The move comes after a rocket fired from Gaza landed within a mile of the airport, destroying a residence.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) tapped Jonathan Archer, a 24-year aviation industry veteran, as its new director of engineering and airworthiness. Archer most recently provided key support for the FAA and the Joint Planning and Development Office as an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton. His work included facilitating an FAA aviation certification service pilot study implementing a voluntary safety management system for select Part 21-approved design and manufacturing organizations.
One of the top priorities for the NBAA safety committee is to help pilots better understand the airport environment at unfamiliar landing locations. To assist cockpit crews, the safety committee recently rolled out a prototype of a new airport safety assessment tool to quantify airport risks around the world. The airport audit tool currently takes the form of a seven-page safety checklist for crews to use before their first arrival.
This month marks a milestone for NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), the 35th anniversary of its monthly safety bulletin, Callback. Capt. Rex Hardy, a decorated U.S. naval aviator and test pilot, created the publication in 1979. His vision of a short, readable and informal format to present “lessons learned” (selected from the thousands of anonymous ASRS submissions by flight crews, air traffic controllers, mechanics and others) was an immediate success. Yesterday, current editor Don Purdy published Callback issue number 414.
DRS Technologies, part of the Finmeccanica group (Outside Exhibit 1), is promoting a flight data recorder that deploys upon impact in the event of a crash. The system has been used for many years in military aircraft and helicopters operating in the offshore industry, and has been put to the test many times. The need for a system for commercial aircraft that can be easily and quickly recovered has been brought into sharp focus following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in March.