Among the AMR Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection documents filed last fall were FAA proofs of claim against the company for 89 alleged safety violations that occurred between January 2007 and November 2011.
AINsafety » August 27, 2012
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada has updated its investigation of the May 28 midair collision between a Beechcraft Bonanza and a Piper PA-28 over the Washington, D.C. suburb of Summerduck, Va. The TSB is handling the investigation at the request of NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman to avoid any potential conflicts of interest because the two victims aboard the Bonanza were U.S. government employees.
Just as pilots using Chicago Waukegan Airport (UGN) await news of when the airport’s 6,000-foot Runway 5/23 might be extended to 7,000-feet–a more comfortable length –for jet operations–comes word that the usable runway length might actually be reduced if various government entities cannot work together.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General (IG) has criticized the FAA for its management of the Wildlife Hazard Mitigation Program, which is designed to reduce aircraft bird strikes. “The FAA’s oversight and enforcement activities are not sufficient to ensure airports fully adhere to program requirements or effectively implement their wildlife hazard plans,” concludes the August 22 report.
Two pilots and the company they flew for, Aéropro, were mainly responsible for the June 23, 2010 crash of a Canadian-registered Beech King Air A100, according to the final accident report released by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada on August 20. The two pilots and their five passengers were killed when, just after takeoff, the aircraft struck the ground a mile-and-a-half beyond the end of Runway 30 at Québec City/Jean Lesage International Airport (CYQB).
The FAA issued airspace restrictions in the Charlotte, N.C., area for the upcoming Democratic National Convention that closely resemble those currently in effect for the RNC in Tampa, Fla. The DNC Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) will be in effect for the Charlotte, N.C., area September 3 to 6. The DNC TFR will also be deemed “National Defense Airspace,” which means violators might be exposing themselves to deadly force should they pose an imminent security threat.
The NTSB has opened the public docket on the September 16, 2011 crash of a highly modified P-51 at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev. The docket includes 900 pages of documents, photographs, FBI findings, drawings, maintenance records and aircraft weight-and-balance information. The agency expects to add more material as it becomes available.
Two pilots and two passengers were killed and seven others injured when a Let L-410 turboprop twin crashed on takeoff from the Ngerende Airstrip in Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve on August 22. The 19-seat Kenyan-registered aircraft, operated by Mombasa Air Safari, was destroyed in the accident.
“Decision errors in aviation are typically not slips or lapses, but mistakes,” concludes the introduction to the European Helicopter Safety Implementation Team’s new guide to rotorcraft decision making. “In other words, the problem doesn’t lie with a failure to execute a correct decision, but with making a poor decision in the first instance.”
The final deadline to comment on the NPRM to revise regulations governing FAA-certified repair stations has been extended to November 19 this year. The extension results from formal requests from repair stations and industry associations. The agency offers a variety of comment delivery options.