Monthly Archives: February 2019

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IATA Releases 2018 Airline Safety Performance


U.S. operations safer than some other regions of the world.

Each year the safety data for airline travel aboard commercial aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds just keeps getting better in the United States according to the International Air Transport Association. There hasn’t been a major U.S. airline accident in years. Worth noting is that last weekend’s AtlasAir Boeing 767 crash near Houston that claimed the lives of the three crewmembers aboard would not be counted in these IATA statistics because Atlas does not carry passengers.

IATA said, “Last year some 4.3 billion passengers flew safely on 46.1 million flights,” according to Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. Safety organizations like to express operations using rates, making 2018’s 1.35 per one million flights. For the rest of us, that translates into the equivalent of one accident every 740,000 flights. This was an improvement over the average accident rate of 1.79 for the previous 5-year period (2013-2017). But since it was a decline compared to 2017’s record number of 1.11. de Juniac admitted, “2018 was not the extraordinary year that 2017 was.” Data showed an increase in total air carrier accidents to 11 from just one in 2017. Fatalities last year also climbed significantly to 523.

Because IATA is an international organization, passengers can learn quite a bit from paying close attention to the specifics and the data collection labels of these safety numbers. For a third consecutive year, airlines in Sub-Saharan Africa experienced zero jet hull losses and zero fatalities in jet operations. The accident rate there was 2.71, a significant improvement over the rate of 6.80 for the previous five years. Africa was the only region to see a decline in the all-accident rate compared to 2017. However, neither of the two fatal turboprop accidents there involved a scheduled passenger flight.

The world turboprop hull loss rate was 0.60 per million flights, an improvement over 1.23 in 2017 and also over the 5-year rate (2013-2017) of 1.83. All regions except for Middle East-North Africa saw their turboprop safety performance improve in 2018 when compared to their respective 5-year rates. Accidents involving turboprop aircraft represented 24 percent of all accidents in 2018 and 45 percent of fatal accidents.

Part of IATA’s mandate is the search for additional risks in commercial aviation with one well-known hazard being inflight turbulence. In response, IATA has launched Turbulence Aware, a global platform for sharing automated turbulence reports in real time. Operational trials with a number of airlines are being conducted this year, with a full launch planned for 2020.

IATA’s de Juniac said, “Flying is safe, and the data tell us that it is getting safer. For example, if safety in 2018 had remained at the same level as 2013, there would have been 109 accidents instead of 62; and there would have been 18 fatal accidents, instead of the 11 that actually occurred.”

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Jet Aviation acquires full ownership of San Juan FBO


Jet Aviation has acquired full ownership of the San Juan FBO at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in Puerto Rico, a provider of premium business aviation services at one of the most convenient U.S. points of entry for international flights.

Jet Aviation has been operating the San Juan FBO under a management agreement with the previous owner, Pazos, since March 2017, when the FBO was rebranded as Jet Aviation.

“Bringing the San Juan FBO completely under Jet Aviation management reinforces our commitment to our customers, our employees and the region,” said David Paddock, senior vice president and general manager, Jet Aviation Regional Operations USA. “Our goal is to deliver business aviation services as close to demand as possible, while ensuring consistency across our growing global network. Jet Aviation operates 10 FBOs in the U.S. and Caribbean. San Juan is a

performing FBO with excellent long-term growth prospects and we are delighted to fully bring it into our fold.”

Paddock said a new, larger hangar will open in the first quarter of 2019 to replace the one destroyed by the Hurricane Maria in 2017. The hangar – 20,000 square feet of hangar space and 2,500 square feet of office space – will offer customers parking facilities, refueling, third-party aircraft maintenance, meeting space, an executive passenger lounge, flight-planning workstations, and a pilots’ suite. The San Juan FBO also includes a full-service, onsite U. S. Customs and Border Protection terminal to facilitate convenient customs, immigration and agriculture processing of international flights.

Hector Vasquez will continue in his role as FBO director and serve as general manager at San Juan. He has worked in FBO services for 34 years and was at Jet Aviation Teterboro for 26 years before moving to San Juan in 2018.

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Delta Adds Flight to Continue GTR Growth


Delta Air Lines announced Sthe addition of a fourth round-trip flight between Atlanta and the Golden Triangle Regional Airport in Mississippi starting in June.

Delta Air Lines announced Sthe addition of a fourth round-trip flight between Atlanta and the Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR) in Mississippi starting in June.

The airport recently announced a record number of passengers in 2018. GTR Airport Executive Director Mike Hainsey explained that the additional flight with Delta Air Lines is part of a long-term plan for growth to meet the community’s needs.

“We appreciate the efforts by Delta to help our growth and support the people in the Golden Triangle,” Hainsey said.  “As the industry continues to grow and bring people to our area, we will strive to provide them the service they deserve.”

The additional flight will be in the early afternoon, giving GTR passengers choices for their travel throughout the day.  Airline consultant Mike Boyd of Boyd Group International commented on the new service.

“The opportunities at GTR are unlimited,” said Boyd.  “This is just the beginning as the airlines recognize the growth potential for service at GTR.”

Departures from GTR on Delta Air Lines to Atlanta offer connections worldwide. For further information contact Executive Director Mike Hainsey at (662) 327-4422 x201 or To make a reservation for a flight in June or after, log on to

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CFIs Get Well-Deserved Funds from WINGS Sweepstakes


$10,000 is distributed to dedicated flight instructors.

Members of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) got some well-deserved funding to help further their endeavors in making pilots safer. Ten flight instructors received anywhere from $500 to $1,500 as part of the Paul and Fran Burger $10,000 WINGS Sweepstakes.

The sweepstakes was conceived to encourage instructors to get their students to use the FAASTeam WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program as a way to increase flight safety. Four groups, NAFI, SAFE, the AOPA Safety Institute (ASI) and the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), came together to bring the concept to life and 40 organizations and individuals have endorsed the campaign.

“More than 20 years ago I personally witnessed a tragedy where the pilot, his nephew and niece and a family friend were killed. Since then I have donated a substantial amount of energy, time and money for GA safety so that fewer friends and family have to have this same experience,” said Paul Burger, the founder of the WINGS Industry Advisory Committee (WIAC), which announced the winners of the sweepstakes.

Members of the two flight instructor organizations receive entries for the sweepstakes when they validate WINGS flight credits that bring a student pilot or pilot to a phase. The WINGS program has three phases and each phase requires six credits. Credits can be achieved by attending WINGS-qualified clinics live or online.

This year, four instructors received $1,500, four received $750 and two instructors won $500.

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Catalina Airport Project Makes Progress; Gains Major Cash Donation


Airport in the Sky will add ACE Clearwater Airfield to its name after the company made a large donation.

Work to restore the well-worn runway at Catalina Airport (KAVX), located on the island outside the Los Angeles metropolitan area, is well underway. More than 100 U.S. Marines and Navy sailors, who are working with the Catalina Island Conservancy as part of a partnership with the Department of Defense, arrived in January to begin work on the much-needed repairs to the 3,250-foot paved runway, which was full of potholes and loose rocks. The pavement will be replaced with a more durable concrete material.

The troops are working six days a week and have established an encampment of tents at the airport that includes housing, food service, hygiene, medical facilities and more. The project is expected to take about three months.

The $5 million project got a $1.5 million donation from ACE Clearwater Enterprises, an aerospace parts manufacturer based across the southern California coastal water in Torrance. The donation came from ACE Clearwater’s president and CEO Kellie Johnson, who is also the Conservancy board chair, along with her husband Gary and father Tim Dodson. The major donation inspired the Catalina Conservancy to add ACE Clearwater Airfield to the airport’s name.

Catalina’s Airport in the Sky is currently closed due to the construction project, but is expected to reopen in late March or early April. The DC-3 Gifts & Grill restaurant located on the field, remains open and can be accessed by bus from the local town of Avalon.

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Radiant Technologies Introduces Universal Airspeed Indicator


Suited for the Experimental and LSA markets, this new ASI presents a multitude of useful information to pilots.

Radiant Technology, a unit of Belite Enterprises, has introduced what the company calls the Universal Airspeed Indicator. Suited for Experimental, light-sport and ultralight aircraft, the instrument provides a number of useful cues to pilots and presents speed in three ways: a bar graph, historical trend and large, easy-to-read numerical digits.

All speed ranges are user-definable across the aircraft’s total operating range, including green, yellow, redline, and white arc, its maker says. The UAI’s digital sensor is claimed to be very precise, especially at moderate to high speeds. The unit also includes built-in caution indication and works with standard pitot and static lines and any system voltage from 8 to 32 volts.

“This new ASI provides pilots with big numeric digits, a smooth historical trendline, and everything is selectable at setup time,” said James Wiebe, CEO of Radiant Technology. “It covers the most popular speed ranges, and works in knots or mph. It even indicates when flaps may be extended and flags a warning when airspeed is too low or too high. This advances this instrument to what we truly believe is best in class for the experimental market.”

The instrument is available now at a price of $299.95.

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