Gulfstream Aerospace technicians were responsible for uncovering a preflight systems test malfunction that led to last week’s FAA Airworthiness Directive on all 260 G350/450s. The December 12 directive–2012-NM-219-AD–took effect December 17 and addresses the flap/stabilizer electronic control unit cockpit crewmembers normally test before the first flight of the day.
AINsafety » December 24, 2012
Embraer and Boeing have collaborated on a product called the runway situational awareness (RSA) tool to help reduce runway excursions. The announcement comes eight months after the two airframers agreed to look for ways to cooperatively enhance the value of both companies, and a couple of weeks after rival Airbus took a similar initiative.
Pilots who operate ADS-B-equipped aircraft in any of seven U.S. terminal airspace regions can now take advantage of free air traffic advisories and weather information. The areas include Fairbanks (FAI) in Alaska; Lansing (LAN) in Michigan; Moses Lake (MWH), Pasco (PSC) and Yakima (YKM) in Washington state; as well as Waterloo (ALO) in Iowa; and Youngstown (YNG) in Ohio.
According to the European Cockpit Association (ECA), pilots in the region are pleased about the European Commission’s December 19 announcement of a new accident/incident occurrence reporting system.
Engineers from Embraer Executive Jets flight operations support team will soon be offering a 2013 version of their two-day flight operations engineering course (FOEC). This is designed to teach pilots of all the company’s business jets the engineering fundamentals behind aircraft performance numbers such as V1, V2, Vr, Vref and so on, used in daily flight operations.
Just a week after release of an airworthiness directive to address blockages in the angle-of-attack (AOA) systems installed on Airbus A330/340s, the European Aviation Safety Agency has included other models of the Airbus series in the procedural updates.
The new Point Merge ATC procedure system recently incorporated into the Dublin ATC airspace reorganization in Ireland uses continuous-descent arced approaches to reduce fuel burn and increase air traffic predictability for controllers. Designed to eliminate antiquated ATC racetrack holding patterns that increased controller workload, the new arcs are equidistant from the end of the runway. Additionally, a new air route for traffic departing from Dublin will help reduce congestion, particularly during the busy morning period.
A Beechcraft King Air E90 crashed 20 miles southeast of Amarillo, Texas, at about 6 p.m. local time on December 14. The aircraft had departed Rick Husband Amarillo International (AMA) Airport about 10 minutes earlier into what were reported as high winds. Both occupants were killed and the aircraft was destroyed after it hit terrain.
A revised FAA Notice 8900.196 has been published to provide inspectors with information on de-icing fluid holdover times, as well as a list of the fluids themselves and recommendations on various other ground deicing/anti-icing issues. While the primary audience is flight standards district office (FSDO) principal operations inspectors responsible for air carrier de-icing programs, it is also of value to FSDO personnel and aircraft operators.
Charter operator Gama Aviation says young children will no longer need to sit on their parents’ laps while traveling aboard any of Gama’s Bombardier Challenger fleet thanks to the company’s new infant safety seats. The UK-based business aviation services group made the seats and claims they are the first child seats certified for taxi, takeoff and landing on numerous business jets. The seats are already in use aboard Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific flights.