The NTSB has turned its attention to a fan mid-shaft in its investigation into the July 28 contained failure of a General Electric GEnx engine during a ground test run of an Air India Boeing 787 in Charleston, N.C.
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Another Boeing 787 engine problem—this time involving a General Electric GEnx turbofan in an airplane destined for Air India—sparked a grass fire at Charleston International Airport during a pre-flight test on Saturday, forcing the airport to close its main runway for more than an hour.
The final report on the crash of Air France Flight 447 is giving ergonomics specialists food for thought. One area of particular focus has been the stall warning, which the report says the crew ignored.
Data from the “black boxes” retrieved from the wreckage of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 that crashed in Indonesia on May 9 so far shows not even a “hint” of technical fault, United Aircraft president Mikhail Pogosyan reported during a Farnborough press conference.
De-icing fluid manufacturer Kilfrost has reported orders for its “environmentally driven” Sustain products in New Zealand, with Air New Zealand and Aviall purchasing 27 metric tons of them over the last year. “All our sustainable products offer significant environmental benefits in terms of carbon savings and low toxicity, with no compromise in terms of performance and functionality,” said CEO Gary Lydiate.
Italy’s Aero Sekur (Hall 4 Stand B8) is promoting its safety systems and advanced flexible material products here this week. It is highlighting the establishment of a new Genoa-based subsidiary, Sekur Sistemi, for the design and production of nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) filtration and air-conditioning units for military and other applications, including aerospace. The company will also develop ground-support equipment; in particular, cooling and environmental-control units.
A special group established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in response to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in Iceland in April 2010 has released a series of practical tools and recommendations to “significantly” mitigate the effect of future volcanic events on international aviation operations, ICAO announced on June 26.
No one questions the need to maintain the best safety record in U.S. airline history. But the timing of the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaing (NPRM) to upgrade pilot qualifications couldn’t come at a worse time, especially for regional airlines already running a fine line between solvency and bankruptcy.
FOCUS on…TRAINING With safety the key focus of rotor operations, Heli-Expo is showcasing a wide range of training products and programs, and training providers have announced major news here in Dallas.
The Helicopter Association International (Booth No. 8632) launched a safety program designed to raise the bar for helicopter operators worldwide at Heli-Expo yesterday. Based on the new rotorcraft language in the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), the HAI Accreditation Program accounts for mission-specific criteria for a wide range of helicopter operations.