So-called harmonized flight- and duty-time rules for pilots and cabin crew approved by a European Aviation Safety Agency committee on July 11 drew sharply different reactions from Europe’s pilot union coalition and airline associations on Monday. Speaking with AIN last Tuesday, European Cockpit Association president Nico Voorbach characterized the basis for the new rules as unscientific and driven wholly by the interests of the airline lobby in Europe.
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday it plans to order inspections of the wiring associated with the emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) on Boeing 787s following a recommendation from the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch that operators disable the airplanes’ Honeywell-made systems. An Advisory Directive scheduled for publication today would require inspection for proper wire routing and damaged or pinched wires, the statement said. Operators would also need to inspect the transmitter’s battery compartment for condensation or overheating.
The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch recommended Thursday that operators of Boeing 787s disable the airplanes’ Honeywell-made emergency locator transmitter following last Friday’s fire aboard a parked Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner at London Heathrow Airport.
The head of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) on Wednesday strongly criticized the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation of the July 6 crash landing of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER at San Francisco International Airport.
The UK Air Accidents Investigations Board (AAIB) confirmed on Tuesday that it has “invited” Honeywell, the maker of the emergency locator transmitter in the Boeing 787, to join the investigation into the fire that erupted last Friday in an Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner parked at London Heathro
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 parked at London Heathrow Airport caught fire Friday afternoon, forcing the closure of the airport and sending Boeing shares plummeting on the New York Stock Exchange.
The airport suspended all takeoffs and landings while emergency teams sprayed the airplane with fire retardant, but reopened within an hour and a half.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration expects its new first officer qualification rule for commercial pilots that require, with certain exceptions, 1,500 hours of flight time and an air transport pilot certificate to appear in the government’s Federal Register on Monday.
The U.S. business jet fleet worldwide recorded fewer nonfatal accidents and fatalities in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year.
According to figures compiled by AIN, business jets incurred seven accidents in the first half of this year versus 22 during the same period last year. Although these figures include three fatal jet accidents in both periods (all under FAR Part 91), the number of deaths dropped to nine in the first six months of this year compared with 14 in the like period last year.
After investigating three accidents in which airplanes inadvertently collided with meteorological evaluation towers (METs), resulting in four fatalities, the NTSB has recommended that the FAA require that all METs be registered, marked and lighted where feasible.
METs are temporary structures used to measure wind speed and direction during the development of wind energy generator facilities. They can be erected quickly and, depending on their location, without notice to the local aviation community.
Japanese authorities on Friday followed the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in formally approving Boeing’s modifications to the 787’s battery system.