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The Excessive Risk in Air Rescue

Friday, January 30, 2009 — James Hall

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Like the rest of the country, I was deeply saddened by the fatal crash of an emergency medical services (EMS) Eurocopter Dauphin II helicopter on September 28 in Maryland which killed four and left another in critical condition.  But as a former Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, this trend is anything but shocking. […]

2008: A Quantum of Solace? Ascend Worldwide, a UK-based aviation consultancy

Friday, January 30, 2009 — Paul Hayes

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2008: A Quantum of Solace? Ascend Worldwide, a UK-based aviation consultancy

2008 was a “good” year in that, although the fatal accident rate was slightly greater than in 2007, there were fewer fatalities. And, from the point of view of insurers, there seemed to be the merest hint of light at the end of the tunnel instead of total blackness. Based on current estimate, the cost […]

Safety of Composite Structures Being Evaluated After Aircraft Design Already Approved by FAA

Monday, January 26, 2009 — David Evans

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Safety of Composite Structures Being Evaluated After Aircraft Design Already Approved by FAA

Boeing is facing challenges building the composite B787 airliner, which won’t make its first flight until the second quarter of 2009, a good six-month delay. Separate concerns with the composite structure are embedded in recent presentations by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials at the agency’s Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ. The briefings by FAA […]

Safety of Helicopter Ambulance Operations to be The Subject of Public Hearing

Monday, January 26, 2009 — David Evans

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Safety of Helicopter Ambulance Operations to be The Subject of Public Hearing

Based on an unprecedented helicopter ambulance accident record in 2008, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will host a 4-day public hearing, commencing 3 February at 9 a.m., exploring virtually all aspects of helicopter EMS (emergency medical services) operations. It is obvious that NTSB special studies in 2006 and earlier, in 1988, and the resulting […]

Cover-up Substantiated, FAA Faulted for ‘Dangerous Mismanagement’

Monday, January 26, 2009 — David Evans

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Cover-up Substantiated, FAA Faulted for ‘Dangerous Mismanagement’

Senior Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) management officials jeopardized air traffic safety by misclassifying events in order to record fewer operational errors and deviations by controllers at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), according to a 13 November report by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC). The OSC is the agency that investigates whistleblower complaints. According to […]

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