AINsafety » August 19, 2013

August 19, 2013 - 2:55pm

The captain of an Embraer ERJ-145 has highlighted what he says was a “serious threat to flight safety” caused by the actions of air traffic controllers during an approach to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (KCLT) last January.

According to testimony recently given through NASA’s confidential aviation safety reporting system (ASRS), the flight in low-visibility conditions (reported as one quarter mile) encountered radar altimeter problems that eventually caused the crew to miss their first Category II ILS approach at CLT and head to an alternate.

August 19, 2013 - 2:45pm

The pilots of the UPS Airbus A300-600F that crashed on approach to Runway 18 at Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport (KBHM) in Alabama on August 14 received a cockpit warning that they were descending too fast. The “sink rate, sink rate” warning, which was captured on the cockpit voice recorder recovered on August 15, was given 16 seconds before impact. Three seconds later one of the pilots was heard telling the other that the runway was in sight, according to NTSB member Robert Sumwalt.

August 19, 2013 - 2:35pm

The FAA continues to warn both rotary- and fixed-wing pilots of the danger posed by communications and meteorological towers being erected across the U.S. According to a 2012 American Wind Energy Association report, more than 45,000 wind turbines alone are now operating in the U.S., many less than 200 feet in height.

August 19, 2013 - 2:15pm

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) has condemned H.R. 2946 as a potentially fatal legislative stall tactic that would prevent the installation of secondary cockpit barriers aboard commercial aircraft. The bill, introduced by House aviation subcommittee chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), directs the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to study and report on the risk posed to commercial aviation security if a cockpit door is opened during flight.

August 19, 2013 - 2:05pm

The FAA published N8900.227 as an update to the January 2013 outline of the agency’s plan for reviewing and evaluating the safety and interoperability of proposed unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flight operations conducted within the U. S. National Airspace System (NAS) when assessing applications for a certificate of waiver or authorization.

August 19, 2013 - 1:45pm

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive–AD 2013-16-02, effective August 21–for the Dassault Falcon 7X after a runway excursion investigation identified a failure of the aircraft’s nose landing-gear position feedback assembly. The unit was found to produce an incorrect angle signal that resulted in an uncommanded nosewheel deflection that could not be controlled by the pilot.

August 19, 2013 - 1:43pm

A new fuel-saving and safety-focused aircraft taxi system is being tested at Frankfurt Airport (EDDF), Germany. The new taxi tool, called “follow the greens,” allows crews to add just enough power to taxi–without intermediate stops–to reach their airport destination. Controllers communicate the go/no-go signals to crews by turning on and off various portions of the airport’s green taxiway centerline lighting, which are also expected to help prevent runway incursions. Constant cockpit throttle positions are expected to save fuel.

August 19, 2013 - 1:40pm

The UK’s Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (Gapan) has awarded Bombardier Aerospace its Master’s North American Award for industry contributions to air and ground safety. The award recognizes Bombardier’s central safety management system themes, including active hazard identification, risk management and performance measurement.

August 19, 2013 - 1:30pm

The Southern California Aviation Association (SCAA), in conjunction with Carlsbad, Calif.-based Proflight, will soon award a complete type rating for the Cessna CitationJet at no cost. To be considered for the scholarship, the pilot must live in Southern California between San Diego and Santa Barbara, meet the experience requirement for an ATP certificate and be recommended by another aviation professional. Applications must be submitted by August 30.

August 19, 2013 - 1:25pm

A U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, Fla., on August 1 sentenced Tyler Pennywitt to one year of probation and 50 hours of community service for deliberately shining a laser pointer at a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office helicopter in June last year.

 

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