FAA Launches General Aviation Safety Program

March 28, 2011

FAA safety teams will visit close to 100 GA events beginning April 2, beginning with the annual Sun ‘n Fun gathering in Lakeland, FL., in an effort to engage pilots in safety and awareness programs and discussions with the goal of bringing fatal accident rates for general aviation down another 10 per cent in the […]

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February 16, 2011

If you have flown commercially at all, you probably have had one of those commercial airline flights which caused you to wonder if you were going to get to the ground safely.  In fact, you might have been scared almost to death. It has happened to me.  I was on a regional propjet out of […]

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New Safety Regulations Aimed To Keep Sleepy Pilots Out Of The Cockpit, ATA Disagrees

February 14, 2011

According to Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the industry is trying to “water down” the August 2010 safety regulations he sponsored after 50 people lost their lives in the February 2009 crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407. The new regulations include more training for pilots, crew, flight attendants, engineers and dispatchers to be in […]

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February 3, 2011

The start of this analysis must be the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) and its web site. The IHST was created in 2004 by manufacturers, operators, government agencies and NGO’s to slow the increasing rate of helicopter accidents.  The accident rate amont all other aircraft modes was decreasing, and this group set out to find […]

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NTSB Makes Helicopter Safety Recommendations A-10-148 Through 158 To The FAA

December 31, 2010

On December 29, 2010 the NTSB released its much anticipated safety recommendations to the FAA. Three of the recommendations are that hover performance charts published by helicopter manufacturers reflect true performance of helicopters in all conditions for which charts are applicable.  The FAA should develop and implement surveillance program for 14 CFR Part 135 (Title […]

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Do It Right The First Time!

December 21, 2010

I have heard people in many aviation environments talk about “the mission.” Maybe it is my perspective from an oversea post where I am in harm’s way, but lately I have had the following thoughts which, I believe, can apply to any aviation endeavor or simply driving the family car—or taking other unnecessary risks. You […]

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FAA’s Missing Data On One-Third Of Private And Commercial Aircraft Could Be A Security Threat To U.S. Safety

December 19, 2010

According to a recent article by the Associated Press, the FAA has lost track of one-third of the private and commercial planes in the United States.  These lost documents pose a serious threat to America from terrorists and drug traffickers. At a time when passengers of all ages are being humiliated and embarrassed at our […]

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Protecting Our Youngest Travelers

December 13, 2010

The Department of Transportation sent out an FAA reminder shortly before the holiday season began concerning the safety of children on commercial airlines: The safest place for child on board a plane is in a child safety seat or a device based on your child’s weight – NOT in your lap.

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Helicopter-EMS (HEMS) Safety Concerns

November 23, 2010

Medical helicopter crashes make headline news, receiving a lot of attention from the media and from viewers.  Perhaps because we can all feel the depth of the tragedy knowing this helicopter was on a mission of mercy to save lives – yet crew members and patients lose their lives. According to the NTSB, there were […]

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Latest Windshield Issue For Delta

November 19, 2010

At 34,000 feet in the air, the pilot came on over the public address system and calmly advised his passengers they had to make an emergency landing because the Boeing 737 had a  cracked windshield.  Delta Flight 1795 was headed for Southern California from Atlanta and diverted to the Dallas-Ft. Worth.  The plane landed in […]

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