General Aviation is safe, but the statistics suggest there is room for improvement. One of the potentially most important improvements for this segment of aviation is to upgrade the quality, currency and accuracy of the information to GA pilots. The FAA awarded a contract to Lockheed and Computer Science Corporation for the provision of pre-flight services, called the Direct User Access Terminal Service (DUATS) II via an online website. [click to continue…]
Aviation safety should not just involve the suits, but MUST include everyone in the organization. The below attached article highlights an effective method of reaching all employees.
Great idea; all should emulate if they do not already have one in place. [click to continue…]
The security of airline systems from hackers is among the most arcane aviation safety issues. At the same time, providing an inviolate firewall between the onboard systems and potentially nefarious cyberpunks is critical to the future of this industry. The below two articles seem to contradict each other, one suggesting that Mr. Roberts hacked a plane’s systems and the other indicating that airlines are “skeptical” to such interventions by third parties. The FAA, TSA and all other federal authorities on this subject must provide a definitive answer to this possible hole in the security wall. [click to continue…]
Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) (left) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) (right) introduced legislation on May 12 that, if enacted, would become the immediately applicable rules for the operation of sUAS until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 NPRM becomes final. The Senators are obviously frustrated with the FAA’s slowness in issuing the rules for this new industry; so they have imposed their own set of regulations.
What are the variances between the Booker-Hoeven bill and the FAA’s proposal? What are the new assignments imposed on the FAA by this proposed legislation? How will the sUAS industry react to the statute’s authorizing the FAA to assess fees, without any expressed limits as to setting of those dollar amounts? [click to continue…]
The NTSB frequently cites weather as a probable cause for many aviation accidents. That factor has been listed so many times for GA crashes (2/3 of the fatal GA accidents were in IMC conditions that the 2014 Most Wanted List included GA weather in the Board’s Top 10. Below is an article announcing the award of a $77 million contract by the FAA to Raytheon Co. to produce faster, more accurate WX information. [click to continue…]
The potential for safety challenges exist in every flight. One way to reduce the risk is for the pilot to gather as much relevant information as possible. The FAA has created a smartphone app which can educate UAS pilots about the airspace in which a flight will be launched. [click to continue…]
On February 15, 2015 Secretary Foxx and Administrator Huerta announced the issuance of an NPRM, Part 107, which proposed the terms by which Small UAS commercial operators could fly. Since then, the UAS industry has put great pressure on the FAA to do more to advance their business. On May 6, 2015, the Administrator appeared at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2015 conference and announced a new program Pathfinder.
What did the Administrator really do? [click to continue…]
Alaska has a different aviation culture, in part driven by geography/weather and partially attributable to a risk less-than-adverse approach to flying. The awarding of the FAA’s prestigious Diamond Certificate of Excellence for meeting, and in some cases exceeding, the administration’s highest level of annual voluntary training to Northern Aviation Services’ Northern Air Cargo and Aloha Air Cargo recognizes excellence in safety performance there. That’s great news about Alaska and the sort of positive reinforcement of good practices which encourages others to emulate. [click to continue…]