Accidents, Safety, Security and Training

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March 20, 2014 - 2:40pm

FlightSafety International promoted Brian Moore to assistant manager of the company’s Cessna learning center in Wichita. He succeeds Randy Annett, who was promoted to manager of FlightSafety’s center in Tucson, Ariz. Moore joined FlightSafety in 1990 as an instructor at the Hawker Beechcraft center, also in Wichita. He worked his way up the ranks and most recently served as FlightSafety’s relationship manager with Beechcraft. Moore, an ATP with more than 3,000 flight hours, has provided more than 6,000 hours of ground school and simulator instruction to date.

March 17, 2014 - 11:18am

Now 10 days after the transponder from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stopped transmitting over the South China Sea, the search for the missing Boeing 777 has expanded to involve 25 countries and cover an area spanning a million square miles. The expansion of the search came in reaction to evidence that the airplane’s satcom system continued to transmit for several hours after Malaysian military radar lost contact with the airplane some 200 miles northwest of the island of Panang off the Western coast of the Malay peninsula.

March 17, 2014 - 10:15am

The upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) provided by Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) has played a key part in countering loss of control in flight (LOC-I), now the most significant cause of transport-category aircraft accidents. APS recently launched an ambitious plan to take its UPRT expertise to airlines and business aviation operators around the world, as well as to military air wings, as professional pilot manual-flying skills move increasingly center-stage.

March 17, 2014 - 10:05am

Air traffic controllers calling in sick on March 30, 2012, left two ATC sectors–Kimberley and Cable–too short of personnel to keep them operational, according to a recent report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). Airservices Australia, the air navigation service provider, erected a temporary restricted area (TRA) designed to prevent aircraft from entering because there was no one to provide necessary ATC service. Despite the TRA, two Airbus A330s somehow entered and flew through the unmonitored airspace.

March 17, 2014 - 10:00am

The U.S. Attorney for the eastern district of California reported March 10 that Sergio Patrick Rodriguez of Clovis, Calif., was sentenced to 14 years in prison for aiming a laser pointer at a Fresno police helicopter in the summer of 2012. Rodriguez’s sentence is believed to be the longest yet delivered for a laser-pointer incident. United States District Judge Lawrence O’Neill said the crime was serious with potentially deadly consequences.

March 17, 2014 - 9:55am

The North Texas Business Aviation Association’s (NTBAA) second annual Safety Showdown is set for April 3 at the Million Air Dallas FBO located at Addison (KADS) Airport. The day-long event includes a dozen different safety presentations by speakers drawn from the NTSB, NBAA safety committee, FlightSafety/Medaire, the Van Allen Group and Jackson & Wade.

March 17, 2014 - 9:50am

The FAA future flight technologies branch approved Air Crew Academy’s automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) online training module last week. Previously, individual operators were required to submit the academy’s ADS-B training module to their local FSDO case-by-case to obtain a letter of authorization (LOA). The ADS-B module covers operating procedures, flight planning, MEL procedures, human-factors considerations, ADS-B phraseology, normal and abnormal system operation, aircraft IDs, data source errors and incident reporting.

March 17, 2014 - 9:45am

Despite too many incidents and accidents recently in which pilots’ basic flying skills have come into question, a succession of pilots tasked with operating at Birmingham Airport in the UK this winter put on a fine display of hand-flying. The action was captured on an 11-minute video by flugsnug.com that shows 27 aircraft taking off and landing at Birmingham in a fierce, gusty crosswind.

March 17, 2014 - 9:40am

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is providing ATC services in airspace over Northern Ireland for the first time as part of a trial to transfer responsibility from UK air traffic control service NATS. The UK-Ireland Functional Airspace Block (FAB) has launched the trial to test informational gathering efficiencies that could be gained through the Sesar concept of “dynamic sectorization,” the tactical switching of air traffic services between providers.

March 17, 2014 - 9:35am

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is preparing to reduce its staff by 20 percent in the face of government budget cuts. Safety inspectors, mostly based in Canberra, make up just over half of the 110 personnel who might be let go. The union representing the safety inspectors is fighting the planned cuts.

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