From testimony of Gregory Principato, President, Airports Council International – North America [extract] to House Aviation Subcommittee on 25 February: “Snow removal operations at airports are time consuming and expensive. Although snow removal equipment purchases can be eligible for Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds, the majority of removal costs – including staff time, fuel, and […]
The glacial progress being made updating the standards for certificating aircraft to fly in icing conditions was criticized at a House Aviation Subcommittee hearing 24 February. The hearing came just a week after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held its deliberations on the “Most Wanted” safety recommendations. [See Aviation Safety Journal, “Time to Revamp […]
“We don’t get any respect, as evidenced by the failure of regulatory bodies to implement few, if any, of our ‘Most Wanted’ safety recommendations.” This could be the lament of every politically-appointed member and every professional staffer at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). As in years past, the NTSB has conducted a thorough public […]
Accidents and incidents for the week of 17 January.
Let us pause and give thanks to whistleblowers. One such, in airline seat manufacturer Koito Industries of Japan, filed a complaint with the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) alleging the company faked test results on seats and made unauthorized design changes. The seats are installed by both Airbus and Boeing on their aircraft. About 150,000 […]