April 29, 2009
By Thomas A. Horne
Robert E. Breiling Associates has published its 2008 review of business jet, turboprop, and turbine helicopter accidents. The 500-page comprehensive review contains synopses of 245 fixed-wing accidents and 180 helicopter accidents; 77 non-U.S. business jet and turboprop accidents are also identified by aircraft and operator.
The review identifies potential accident/incident cause factors, and includes statistical charts and tables comparing accident rates of corporate, business, fractional, and air taxi operations with those for air carriers. Single-pilot versus dual pilot, flight experience, and positioning versus passenger flight comparative data is also analyzed. Many consider Breiling’s annual accident reviews the most authoritative when it comes to turbine operations.
Price of the business jet and turboprop sections—excluding helicopters—of the review is $325. The jet, turboprop, and helicopter version is $375. The turbine helicopter report is $250. To order any of the review sections, contact Breiling Associates at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 561/338-6900, or fax 561/393-9127
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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