FAA – ASAP Takes a Giant Step Forward

The FAA is continuing its focus on the safety of Part 135 operations.  The FAA has  announced that one of the most successful safety initiatives, the Aviation Safety Action Program (“ASAP”), will be streamlined and fully extended to cover Part 135 operators. 

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The Feds Turn the Spotlight On Part 135 Operators

In issuing its 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements last month and in holding a recent public meeting, the National Transportation Safety Board has renewed its efforts in identifying safety gaps in Part 135 [Code of Federal Regulations, title 14, Part 135] aviation operations and recommending actions that the Federal Aviation Administration and Part 135 operators to eliminate preventable crashes.

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UAS: The FAA Tightens the Screws

UAS operators will be facing greater oversight and inspections from local Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) under a new National Policy recently issued by the FAA. The document requires all FSDOs to immediately update their 2019 National Work Program Guidelines to include new Required Surveillance Work Activities.

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Thank You for Attending Our Pipelines & NTSB Investigations Webinar

Thank you for attending today’s webinar, “Pipelines & NTSB Investigations: Up Close & Personnel.” We appreciate your continued support!

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The SAFETY Act As A Tool To Manage Risk: A Question And Answer Session On What It Is, And How To Take Advantage Of It!

Last month, we passed yet another milestone in aviation history, the 88th anniversary of the first attempted hijacking of a passenger aircraft.  On February 12, 1931, a group of armed revolutionaries in Peru attempted to seize a Ford tri-motor by force, resulting in a 10 day stand-off.  The crisis was ultimately resolved when the revolutionaries learned there had been a successful coup against the government, and the plane was no longer needed.

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Thank You for Attending Our Drone Webinar

Thank you for attending “Why 2019 May Be The Year of The Drone” yesterday, part of our Aviation Webinar Series. We appreciate your continued support!

If you happened to miss this webinar and would like to view/listen to the Presentation, the archived webinar is available here. The slidedeck from the presentation is available here.

FAA Rulemaking on UAS: Slow, Steady and Risky

The FAA has been tasked with safely integrating unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system. To fulfill this mandate, the FAA adopted a “phased, incremental, and risk-based approach to rulemaking.” In order for this approach to work, however, the nature of the risk must be known in an exact and quantifiable way.  While this approach provides the most flexibility, it also results in a long and drawn out rulemaking process.

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Drone Webinar Rescheduled to 2/27

Our webinar scheduled for tomorrow, “Current Developments in UAS Regulation: Why 2019 May Be the Year of the Drone,” has been rescheduled to Feb. 27 due to the forecast for inclement weather in the Mid-Atlantic.

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A Systematic Approach to Safety – Everyone Can Benefit

Safety Management Systems, or SMS, have gone from a cutting edge innovation in aviation to a widely adopted global standard.  It is currently recognized by the FAA, ICAO, EASA, and the civil aviation authorities in most countries.  The FAA recognizes SMS as the key method to:

integrate modern safety risk management and safety assurance concepts into repeatable, proactive systems. SMSs emphasize safety management as a fundamental business process to be considered in the same manner as other aspects of business management.

So, why does SMS work?  It works because it is a forward looking, iterative process.  By constantly analyzing new incidents as they occur, trends can be detected before they become a serious problem.  SMS also helps focus all levels of an organization on safety.  It is only through SMS principles that the extraordinary rate of change in aviation technology can be accommodated without compromising the safety of the airspace system.    

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The Day the Music Died, February 3, 1959

A long long time ago
I can still remember how
That music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they’d be happy for a while

But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step

I can’t remember if I cried

When I read about his widowed bride
Something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

Lyrics from “American Pie,” by Don McLean, 1971, © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management

The Day the Music Died refers to a fatal Beech Bonanza aircraft crash that occurred 60 years ago yesterday, near Mason City, Iowa.  Killed in the crash were three early rock and roll legends: Charles Hardin Holley (Buddy Holly), J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), and Richie Valenzuela (Richie Valens). The 23-year pilot was also killed.

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