The U.S. business jet fleet worldwide recorded significantly fewer nonfatal accidents and fatalities in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year. According to figures compiled by AIN, N-numbered business jets incurred seven accidents in the first half of this year versus 22 during the same time last year.
Aviation accidents and incidents
The FAA has issued a final rule that raises to 1,500 the minimum flight hours required by first officers for U.S. air carriers flying under Part 121 regulations, up from the current 250 hours. The new rules stem from a Congressional mandate following the 2009 crash of Colgan Air 3407, a Bombardier Q400, in Buffalo, NY. The rule also requires that first officers hold an ATP certificate and a type rating in the aircraft being flown.
A June forum organized by the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and Eurocontrol looked at why pilots of transport-category aircraft regularly try to salvage unstable approaches when a go-around could significantly reduce aircraft accidents. The subject for discussion was to prove extremely topical in the light of the Asiana Airlines 214 accident in San Francisco on July 6. Initial investigations have indicated that a go-around might have prevented the fatal crash.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday it plans to order inspections of the wiring associated with the emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) on Boeing 787s following a recommendation from the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch that operators disable the airplanes’ Honeywell-made systems. An Advisory Directive scheduled for publication today would require inspection for proper wire routing and damaged or pinched wires, the statement said. Operators would also need to inspect the transmitter’s battery compartment for condensation or overheating.
The July 12 fire aboard an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 at London Heathrow Airport (ELHR) has prompted the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) to recommend operators turn off Honeywell’s Rescu 406 AFN emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) aboard the Dreamliner until appropriate airworthiness actions can be completed.
The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch recommended Thursday that operators of Boeing 787s disable the airplanes’ Honeywell-made emergency locator transmitter following last Friday’s fire aboard a parked Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner at London Heathrow Airport.
The head of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) on Wednesday strongly criticized the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation of the July 6 crash landing of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER at San Francisco International Airport.
NTSB accident reports give us the cold, hard facts behind an accident, but those facts don’t always help us understand the “why” behind a crash. No matter the type of aircraft, operators want to know what it all means to them and how their crews fly.
The FAA has issued a final rule that raises minimum flight hours required by first officers for U.S. air carriers flying under Part 121 regulations to 1,500, from the current 250.
The NTSB is investigating what caused the fatal crash of a de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter floatplane shortly after takeoff on Sunday from Soldotna Airport in Alaska. Parts of the wreckage of the Rediske Air aircraft, including the engine and propeller, have been recovered, and sent to a laboratory for analysis. The accident, Alaska’s worst in more than a decade, killed all 10 people on board, including the pilot/air-taxi company co-owner.