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FAA Proposes Airworthiness Directive Regarding Robinson R66 Helicopters

Following numerous accidents involving Robinson Helicopters-including helicopter crashes both at home and internationally-the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a proposed airworthiness directive regarding Robinson Helicopter Company Model R66 aircraft. The FAA issued the airworthiness directive on March 30, 2018, and has given respondents until May 29, 2018, to submit comments.

FAA Regulations Don't Apply to All Helicopters

Like airplane transportation, helicopter transportation is regulated by laws that govern how helicopters must be manufactured and maintained. These helicopter regulations, however, do not apply across the board to all helicopters meaning, some helicopters are still manufactured that do not comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) standards. It's a situation that illustrates how some manufacturers put profits ahead of safety, and it shows how helicopter manufacturers unnecessarily put lives at risk.

Senator Thune Grills FAA on NextGen Program

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) faced tough questions from Republican Senator John Thune, chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Thune wrote a letter to the FAA outlining his concerns about the agency's NextGen program, which he believes is not being rolled out in a timely manner. NextGen was designed to update aircraft tracking in order to prevent mid-air collisions while providing economic benefits to the industry, but after its launch almost 10 years ago, it has already cost billions in funding and could take more than a decade to complete, according to some reports.

New Zealand Crash Gets Robinson Helicopter Added to Watchlist

Following an investigative report on the causes of a New Zealand helicopter crash, Robinson Helicopter Co. has been added to the country's "most pressing concerns" watchlist. New Zealand's Transport Accident Investigation Commission added the helicopter company to its watchlist on October 27, 2016, following multiple fatal Robinson helicopter crashes in the past two decades. Additionally, the commission expressed concern that four of its recommendations to reduce the number of incidents had not been implemented, leading to worries about the possibility of future helicopter accidents.

787 Engine Failure Prompts ANA to Ground Planes

9An All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 787 Dreamliner jumbo jet was forced to make an emergency landing last week after experiencing engine failure. The incident marks the third time in the last seven months that an ANA flight has been forced to make an emergency landing following a 787 engine failure.

Is There an Air Traffic Control Crisis?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) touts America's airspace system as the safest and most efficient in the world. It's true that the government will stop at nothing to protect us from threats like bombs, guns and terrorism before we board a commercial flight. But what about fixing the country's antiquated air traffic control system, which has been largely unchanged since the 1960s? By failing to address this serious aviation safety issue, are we looking at an air traffic control crisis?

French Officials Want More Oversight of Pilot Mental Health

French investigators looking into the circumstances that led to the Germanwings Flight 9525 crash last year have called for stricter policies concerning international monitoring of pilot mental health. On March 26, 2015, Germanwings 9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the Airbus A320 into a mountainside in the French Alps, killing himself and 149 others aboard the plane.

Detached Passenger Cabin - A Game Changer in Aviation Safety

Imagine being midway through a trans-Atlantic flight and the plane enters into a steep dive that the pilots cannot recover from. In this nightmarish scenario, every single person on the plane would give anything to somehow get back down safely to the ground.

FAA Too Slow in Adopting Helicopter Fuel Tank Crashworthiness Standards

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has long asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to change crashworthiness standards for helicopter fuel tanks because fuel-fed fires in the wake of helicopter crashes continue to happen, and they continue to needlessly claim lives.

Why Are Commercial Planes Catching Fire?

Dynamic Airways Flight 405 catches fire in Ft. Lauderdale, injuring 21 people...British Airways Flight 2276 catches fire in Las Vegas, injuring 15...Cathay Pacific Flight CX170 catches fire mid-flight, forcing pilots to make an emergency landing in Indonesia.

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