Washington – An audit has begun on the Federal Aviation Administration’s progress on improving the safety of helicopter air ambulance operations, as requested by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee in April.
New York – Reports of people targeting aircraft cockpits with lasers have increased to 75 this year between Jan. 1 and Oct. 16 in New York state, compared with 64 in the same time period in 2012, according to an FBI New York office spokesperson.
Washington – The Federal Aviation Administration should more strictly enforce air traffic controller scheduling policies to help reduce controller fatigue, concludes a report issued Aug. 27 by the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General.
Washington – OSHA now has the authority to enforce certain safety and health regulations to help protect aircraft cabin crewmembers, according to a final policy announced Aug. 22 by OSHA and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Washington – U.S. civil aviation, which refers to non-military private and commercial flights, showed mixed safety improvements in 2012, according to preliminary statistics released Aug. 6 by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Washington – Air carriers that also conduct commercial air tours as well as commuter or on-demand operators that also conduct commercial air tours will now be allowed to use one combined alcohol and drug testing program instead of two, under a final rule from the Federal Aviation Administration.