Private Jets in the News

For interesting news about private flying, check out these articles.

A wave of fatal air crashes has claimed the lives of area businesspeople this year. … Despite the Indiana crashes, federal data show flying is safer than ever.

Nationwide, the number of plane crashes dropped 35 percent and fatal crashes fell 32 percent from 1986 to 2005, according to the latest statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board.


Hundreds of small private jets will be exempt from a European scheme designed to make the aviation industry pay for the environmental damage it causes. …The scheme will be introduced for flights within the European Union in 2011 and be extended to all arrivals and departures at European airports the next year. But the commission added that very light private jets, small propeller-driven aircraft and government aircraft would not be included.

The announcement was welcomed by air taxi operators, who are investing heavily in small jets to meet rapidly growing demand for private flights. More than 300 small jets are to be delivered to European operators by 2011.


The Value of Crash Probes

Whenever there’s a plane crash, investigators are quickly on the scene to determine the cause. And these probes into what caused the accidents save more lives later.

As reported in The Christian Science Monitor‘s How crash probes make aviation safer, the exhaustive analysis done after every accident has helped the nation’s aviation industry to be one of the safest in the world.

"[The Conair] crash," reports Alexandra Marks, "which killed 49 people and left one — the copilot — critically injured, was the first deadly accident in US commercial aviation in more than three years. In the coming months and years, investigators will scour every aspect of the crash — from the performance of the plane to the orders issued from the control tower to how much sleep the pilot had had. The knowledge gleaned will then be used to enhance the safety of everything from pilot training to navigational technologies to the way planes are designed."