When birds are the reason for Aviation Mishaps

aviation.gifAviation mishaps are the most devastating yet most costly among all kind of accidents. Every year many people die and become injured due to airplane accidents.
Many factors could affect or cause an airplane accident. The common aspects of an airplane accident are:

1. Pilot’s negligence – when pilots operate aircrafts while under the influence of liquor, incompetence and inexperience and possibly operating of aircrafts beyond the standard capability;

2. Product liability – when parts of the airplane’s equipment are defective or malfunctions causing the accident;

3. Poor maintenance – when airplane engines and equipments are not properly maintained causing malfunctions and leading to accidents; and

4. Weather conditions - wherein poor visibility or other forces of nature result in airplane mishaps.

If you happen to be involved in an airplane accident, you can definitely file for damages against the pilot and the airlines for the injuries you sustained because of the accident.

Some of the injuries, taking aside death, which people sustain during airplane accidents, are:

1. Scrapes and bruises;

2. Head or brain injury;

3. Spinal cord injury;

4. Bone fractures; and,

5. Short term or long term disability

If you sustain any of the listed injuries, you are entitled to claim for damages against the negligent party, including economic and non-economic damages.

However, how are you going to claim damages if the cause of accident are birds?

It is believed that most birds avoid collision with airplanes because birds can change their flight course in time. Unfortunately, aircrafts that move at high speed are especially at risk in colliding with birds. The speed level of such aircrafts makes it impossible for birds to change their course in time to avoid a collision.

Bird collision occurs mostly during take off or landing of planes when the altitude is low. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, wild life hazard management manual of 2005, less than 8% of bird collision occurs above 3,000 feet and 61% occurs at less than 100 feet.

The specie of birds that could cause airplane accidents varies depending on the area an airport is located and the birds’ migration pattern. However, geese and gulls are said to cause the most serious disasters in airplane accidents arising from collisions with birds.

If you have been injured in an aviation accident due to a bird collision, you can still claim damages against the airlines. However, you have to prove that the airlines have been negligent and have not taken into consideration the possibility of bird collision in relation to the migration pattern in the area where the airport or flight path is located.

Source: Internet

Boeing Business Jets’ 30 Orders Set Record

Boeing’s president of business jets Steve Hill has announced a “record year in sales” for their Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) family of aircraft. There were 30 aircraft ordered last year, including seven 787s. New orders totaled $2.9 billion.

“The most difficult challenge at the moment is having to help customers with fleet planning,” Hill said. “It’s solving how to get from now to then.”

“Then” being the Q1 2013 date they are quoting buyers now for most of the BBJ fleet. The first delivery of the 787 as a VIP aircraft will take place in 2010. Following that, Boeing will be delivering VIP 787s beginning officially in 2011. The first four 747-8VIPs are scheduled to be delivered in 2010.

First flight of the 787 Dreamliner is planned to happen sometime before mid-December. Following the flight, the aircraft will enter into a very tight flight test program. Despite the large demand for BBJs, there are no apparent plans to increase production on the aircraft.

“Boeing is constantly looking at production rates versus demand,” Hill said. “I just don’t see a build-up of production. BBJ only accounts for 2% of all Boeing’s production.” As is standard with BBJs, Boeing delivers all its VIP aircraft “green,” meaning the aircraft have no exterior paint and no interior. The customer must go to authorized sources afterward to have the interior completed.

Currently, Boeing customers are looking at about a 110% resale value on BBJs. They are, on average, reselling for about $50 million.

Source: avweb

Epic the Next Big Thing?

Epic Aircraft has called an unscheduled news conference for Wednesday at the National Business Aviation Association convention in which it is expected to announce a major funding infusion from an Indian businessman — but Airbus is also sharing the podium, and that might lend some credence to rumors that its parent company EADS was considering a shot at the very light jet market. (We heard the factory will be on the Isle of Wight, but we’ve also been told we’re wrong.) Whatever is being announced on Wednesday, it’s being described as a “strategic alliance” between Epic, India-based Kingfisher Airlines and Airbus.


In early September, an Indian newspaper reported that Vijay Mallya, the billionaire owner of Kingfisher Airlines, was poised to put $200 million of his own money into Epic. Airbus’s involvement isn’t clear, and an EADS spokesman recently told AVweb that the company was not developing a VLJ. Maybe he missed the memo.


We’ll know soon enough.

Source: avweb