While aviation safety experts acknowledge the need for high-altitude upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT), delivering realistic training faces a barrier since no Level-D simulators are capable of accurately reproducing high-altitude aerodynamics. No one seems willing to take a business jet to high altitude to train pilots, either.
AINsafety » June 17, 2013
The FAA replaced a 10-year-old advisory circular –AC 150/5200-32B–on May 31 to underscore the importance of reporting collisions between aircraft and wildlife. The new document also explains a number of recent improvements to the agency’s strike reporting system, in terms of what happens after a report is filed and, of course, how to file a wildlife strike report.
The FAA plans changes to some procedures for flights into three Colorado airports for the 2013-2014 Christmas holiday season, according to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). Specifically, the FAA will discontinue use of its air-traffic slot-reservation program for Aspen Airport (ASE), Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) and Garfield County “Rifle” (RIL) airports during this year’s November-through-January holiday season.
The FAA plans to manage traffic volume with other tools, including in-trail spacing and ground delay programs.
“A new informal agreement” by European transport ministers has “watered down” a proposal by the European Commission for better prevention of aviation incidents and accidents, according to a June 10 statement issued by the European Cockpit Association (ECA). The pilot professional association said key issues altered include provisions for non-punitive mandatory and voluntary reporting, as well as the obligations of EU member states to ensure adequate safety oversight.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) released a report in early June detailing how a crew approaching Scotland’s Glasgow Airport (EGPF) flew through an assigned altitude by inadvertently activating the “go-around” button on a Beechcraft King Air 200 just as the autopilot was about to capture a preset altitude. The ensuing confusion during the nighttime IMC incident was compounded by the specific cockpit setup of the King Air they were flying, which was different from the version they normally operated.
A Beechcraft King Air 100 was substantially damaged on June 10 during an off-airport accident while on approach to the 2,600-foot runway at Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil Airport (CSB3), 10 miles northeast of Montreal, Quebec. The aircraft, operated by Aviation Flycie, carried four people, all of whom sustained non life-threatening injuries in the crash.
Wichita’s EagleMed could lose its accreditation after it suffered its third accident in the past three years, the Sandy Springs, S.C.-based Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) notified the company on June 13. The most recent crash occurred June 11 near the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Tulihina, Okla. A patient aboard the helicopter died after the accident, but details are still unclear as to whether the death was a direct result of the crash.
Knox County Commissioners in Maine voted June 11 to claim eminent domain access to three properties located northwest of Knox County Regional Airport (KRKD) to cut down nearby trees. The trees have grown into protected runway airspace along the extended runway centerline of Runway 13. This is not the first time trees have posed a problem. A Learjet 45 on a nighttime approach to Saratoga Springs Airport in July 2008 struck trees growing near the runway centerline.
ABC News reported June 9 that seven heavily armed Taliban fighters launched a pre-dawn raid on NATO’s Kabul Airport facilities, wounding two Afghan civilians. None of the seven guerrillas, all of whom were killed in the attack, managed to breach the airport perimeter.
A student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is working on a Capstone project to complete his master’s degree. Specifically, Mitchell Serber’s research looks at precursors to loss of control in flight (LOC-I). To take part in his 10- to 15-minute survey, pilots must currently be qualified on a U.S. Part 121/125 carrier’s multi-engine turbine-powered aircraft. The aircraft must also be autopilot equipped.