Four Fatally Injured When PA-44 Went Down Just After
The NTSB's factual report in an accident involving a Florida
Institute of Technology (FIT) Piper PA-44 on an instruction flight
indicates that a checklist item may have been missed. Investigators
found the fuel select lever set to "off" during the post-accident
inspection. There was also no fuel found between the fuel selector
valve and the engine's fuel pump. On board the airplane were the
student pilot, an instructor, and two passengers.
Estate Of Forothy Ebersback Will Establish Center For Flight
A pioneering female aviator who served her country during World
War II has made a gift to Case Western Reserve University's Frances
Payne Bolton School of Nursing — a gift that combines her
love of flight and her dedication to nursing. Alumna Dorothy E.
Ebersbach, who passed away Nov. 14, has pledged $2 million to
establish the Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing.
The center will expand on the flight nursing program's mission of
training graduate-level nursing students to provide critical,
on-site care during emergencies and transport to medical
Under The Blackburn Bill, No More Badges And Uniforms For
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7) has introduced
legislation she says is designed to rein in the Transportation
Security Administration, and provide more transparency for American
travelers. H.R. 3608, the Stop TSA's Reach In Policy (STRIP) Act,
would prohibit any TSA employee not trained as a federal law
enforcement officer or eligible for federal law enforcement
benefits from wearing law enforcement uniforms or wearing a
police-like metal badge.
Speech Addresses Accident Investigation In Aviation Safety
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A. P.
Hersman delivered the 8th Annual Assad Kotaite Lecture last evening
at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Hosted by the Montreal
Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the annual lecture is a
tribute to Dr. Assad Kotaite, former Secretary General of ICAO and
President of the Council of ICAO.
In a recently released NTSB probable cause report, the board
concluded that pilot error and possible fatigue were responsible
for a July 2010 West Texas incident involving a Cessna 412
operating as an air ambulance to go down just minutes after
takeoff, killing all five people on board. Just days after the
findings were announced, a forced landing of another medical
transport company’s twin-engine plane claimed three more
The European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) has validated
the FAA's Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Garmin's GTN 650
and GTN 750 series touchscreen avionics. With this validation,
these avionics are certified and approved for installation in
hundreds of makes and models of European-registered general