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.
Pilot responsibilities include requesting clarification or amendment whenever the pilot does not fully understand a clearance or considers it unacceptable from a safety standpoint.
The caustic combination of crosswind and an ice-crusted runway sent the aircraft skidding into a snow bank built up by plowing along the runway edge.
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
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