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Archive | April, 2009

Accidents & Incidents 4.01.09 – 4.11.09

Friday, April 17, 2009 — David Evans

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Accidents and incidents for the week.

Accidents & Incidents 3.22.09 – 3.31.09

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 — David Evans

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Accidents and incidents for the week.

General Aviation Safety Goal Not Very Aggressive

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 — David Evans

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It’s a pretty wimpy goal when you think about it. In its Flight Plan 2009-2013, which lays out safety goals for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency specifies its objectives for the next five years. The FAA plans to reduce commercial airline fatal accidents by 50%. This is on top of the goal of […]

Measuring Aviation Safety Obscured by Comforting Statistics

Saturday, April 4, 2009 — David Evans

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Measuring Aviation Safety Obscured by Comforting Statistics

Measuring the safety of the nation’s aviation system remains difficult because of the various methods and the completeness of the data used to calculate such statistics. The latest statistics released 2 April 2009 by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on the accident rate in 2008 highlights the problem. The NTSB statistics cannot be compared […]

Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

Thursday, April 2, 2009 — David Evans

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Significant FAA regulatory activity includes a notice that wildlife strikes on aircraft will not be subject to public release, an emergency airworthiness directive for the S-92 helicopter (said directive apparently took a fatal crash to energize the FAA), a problem with the cockpit door frying its electrical locking mechanism, and a dramatic (and lengthy) rule change regarding training of crews and air traffic controllers.

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