You might not be familiar with the name Mechtronix Systems, but representatives from the Montreal company nonetheless predict you may soon find yourself strapping into one of their full-flight simulators for recurrent or transition training–and saving a significant amount of money in the process.
Accidents, Safety, Security and Training
News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports; information on safety procedures and concerns; crew, passenger, aircraft and airport security issues; and news about simulators and training procedures.
By September next year European aircraft maintenance providers will be obliged to have conducted approved human factors training for their staff. The requirement is included in Part 145 rules issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), but national aviation authorities’ (NAAs) inconsistent implementation of the rule appears to be causing confusion for some European companies.
It is hard to believe that despite the passage of more than nine years since that hot July night, the discussion continues about TWA Flight 800, which crashed off the coast of Long Island in July 1996.
On August 31 the NTSB officially recommended that the FAA require Bombardier to revise the maintenance procedures for the Canadair CRJ 200 so that the aileron free play check is accomplished at an interval less than 2,973 flight hours to prevent flight with aileron free play greater than the maximum limit.
Executive Jet Management (EJM), a provider of aircraft management and charter services, received special recognition from Grey Owl Aviation Consultants for its commitment to human factors training and improving safety and reducing maintenance errors.
August was a bad month for Triad International Maintenance (Timco) of Greensboro, N.C. The FAR 145 repair station learned on August 9 that one of ts former aircraft mechanics, Hugo Obregon, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Greensboro to two years probation and assessed $100 for making false statements to the FAA on an application for an A&P certificate. Obregon falsely represented he met the training and experience requirements.
Some employers look for experience when interviewing a candidate; all they care about is a proven track record.
“According to NTSB records, the number-one cause of accidents resulting from an aircraft mechanic making a mistake is failure to follow procedures,” noted Phil Randall, the FAA’s new deputy national FAASTeam manager for maintenance.
The UK’s Maestro Aviation has started delivering its aircraft performance and operations procedures software to corporate flight departments, including that of the BAE Systems aerospace and defense group. Developed to run on virtually any computer hardware, including PDAs, the software covers functions such as runway performance and center-of-gravity calculations.
Thanks to the efforts of a Flexjet Learjet 31 crew, a former airline pilot and his three passengers were spared spending a cold February evening outdoors after their Bonanza A36’s engine quit over Mexico’s rugged Baja peninsula.
En route from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to Van Nuys, Calif., in mid-afternoon early this year, Learjet pilot Adam Fine and copilot Steiner Krogstad picked up an ELT distress signal on 121.5.