Business aircraft safety record worse in 2011

January 9th, 2012 | Aviation articles

January 9, 2012 U.S. fixed-wing business aircraft operators posted a slightly worse safety record in 2011 than in 2010, according to the latest information released by safety expert Robert E. Breiling Associates in Aviation Week. U.S.-registered business jets and turboprop operations combined for 57 accidents–13 of which were fatal–in 2011. This is up from the… Read More

Reno air races still planned for 2012

January 6th, 2012 | Aviation accident

January 6, 2012 Reno Air Races Association (RARA) are moving forward with plans for this fall’s competition despite the tragic crash in September that killed 11 and injured more than 70, reports the Bloomberg Businessweek. The 2011 races turned deadly when a 74-year-old veteran pilot of Ocala, Fla., lost control of his World War II-era… Read More

Good news for commercial airline travelers

January 4th, 2012 | Aviation accident

January 4, 2012 Flying on commercial jets last year was twice as safe as it was 15 years ago, reports The Australian. As airlines recorded the lowest-ever fatal accident and passenger death rates, aviation insurers recorded the lowest payout for aircraft losses and legal liabilities in seven years. The number of fatal accidents on jet… Read More

5 people survive Michigan small plane crash

January 3rd, 2012 | Aviation accident

January 2, 2012 Five people survived a plane crash in Elk Rapids, Michigan, on New Year’s Eve, reports the Record Eagle. The Cherokee VI Piper plane began to experience mechanical problems, the 65-year-old pilot told authorities. He was piloting the aircraft near the northern portion of Torch Lake when he noticed the engine sputtering and… Read More

Three die in a donor mission helicopter crash

December 28th, 2011 | Aviation accident

December 28, 2011 “Donor missions rank among the most dangerous missions,” said Gary Robb, author of the book Helicopters Crash Litigation. “When an organ is harvested, you gotta go,” he said.  He also added that donor helicopter are usually heavier because of the number of people involved and the equipment needed to carry the organ.… Read More