NBAA says continued certification improvements critical to business aviation, FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest

Avoiding Plane Crashes as Air Traffic Doubles

 A surge in global air traffic, particularly in emerging markets, is posing new challenges to air travel safety. Scott Mayerowitz of the Associated Press investigates.

More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace.

Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe — roughly the population of New York City — step aboard an airplane. They almost always land safely.

Some flights, however, are safer than others.

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NBAA’s President: Continued certification improvements ‘critical’ to business aviation

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today submitted a statement to a House Aviation Subcommittee hearing on U.S. aviation manufacturing challenges. The written statement emphasized that certifications and approvals are fundamental to all aviation segments, and that further improvements are needed to support business aviation’s environmental, economic and safety concerns.

“Certification is critical to business aviation in terms of time, cost, efficiency and safety,” Bolen said. “Improvements must continue to be made to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) certification processes, including operator authorizations, operator certifications, and aircraft and parts certifications.”

Bolen welcomed the progress being made by the FAA in streamlining reviews for certain of these procedures, emphasizing that “long timelines have a direct impact on safety, the environment and overall cost of operations.”

Safety is of utmost concern, Bolen noted, because delays in proper flight authorizations mean that business aviation operators must fly at below optimum altitudes for safety and efficiency.

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The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday proposed a $12 million fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on its fleet. Beginning in 2006, the Dallas-based airline conducted “extreme makeover” alterations to eliminate potential cracking of the aluminum skin on 44 Boeing 737s, the FAA said. An FAA investigation found that both the airline and its contractor, Aviation Technical Services, Inc, of Everett, Washington, failed to follow procedures for replacing the fuselage as well as other work on the planes.

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