Every IFR pilot has heard the advice, “Fly the instrument approach plate and you won’t get hurt,” at some point in his or her career, probably many times. But professional pilot Jim Huddleston told AINsafety, “I stopped preaching that advice on the night of July 13, 2008.”
AINsafety » July 16, 2012
Dealing with explosive mixtures in the fuel tanks of transport aircraft used to be high on the NTSB’s most-critical list. The subject evolved after the 1996 explosion of the center fuel tank of a TWA Boeing 747 just after departure from JFK Airport.
Ninety percent of airplanes that run off the end of runways are traveling at less than 60 knots when they exit, according to FAA data. Most of these airplanes came to a stop within 1,000 feet of the end.
Filing an ICAO flight plan will become a bit more complicated this fall, if you file them by hand. Gone will be the old days of telling a flight service station that your aircraft is a slant “A” or a slant “R.”
The FAA is proposing a civil penalty of $185,750 against Kingfisher Air Services Air Safari of San Juan, P.R., for allegedly violating FARs when operating a Cessna 208B on 44 flights between June 2 and June 11, 2010.
The National Transportation Safety Board issued four safety recommendations after its investigation into the January 27, 2009 loss-of-control crash of an Empire Airlines ATR 42-320 at Lubbock Airport (LBB), Texas. The NTSB said the flight crew failed to monitor and maintain a safe airspeed during an approach in icing conditions.
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) released the first of its top 10 ideas for reducing helicopter accidents, on July 10. Number one is to develop and install flight data monitoring equipment to record the actions of the flight crew.
The Aviation Safety Network has reported on the status of equipping Russian commercial aircraft with airborne collision and avoidance systems (ACAS) as well as ground proximity warning systems (GPWS) now that the July 1, 2012 deadline in the Russian Federation has passed.
AirFareWatchDog.com managed to find only one airport that caters primarily to business aviation to place on its list of scariest U.S. airports, Colorado’s Telluride Regional Airport (TEX), which happens to sit atop a plateau.
Flatlanders—anyone who flies east of the Rockies, even those flying sophisticated single-engine turboprops and light jets—can easily find themselves in trouble when flying in regions where IFR Minimum Enroute Altitudes (MEAs) in the 14,000 foot-plus range are common. And there’s shooting an instrument approach to a mountain airport to contend with.