April 7, 2010
Technologies such as airbags and ballistic recovery parachutes can help keep pilots and passengers safe in the event of an accident. But those same technologies could pose a hazard to first responders if they haven’t deployed in the crash.
The FAA small airplane directorate addresses these and other considerations in a Web-based training presentation for first responders to a small aircraft or helicopter accident scene. The presentation provides airport operators, fire and rescue personnel, and other potential first responders with training on how to approach an aircraft accident scene safely, recognize the hazards, and preserve the wreckage.
The course is broken into five modules and provides information of value to anyone who may be likely to come across an accident scene, such as law enforcement, search-and-rescue organizations, accident investigators, or recovery workers.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is collecting additional first-responder safety information from the individual manufacturers and has begun posting links to the manufacturer information online.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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