Earlier this year, the biggest threat to airports included in the FAA’s Contract Tower Program seemed to be program-cut plans announced just before the passage of the FAA Reauthorization in February. According to the president of Melbourne, Fla.-based Quadrex, Dr. Dave Byers, other airports could again find their contract towers at risk for closure when the FAA issues a long-overdue update to its cost/benefit analysis structure.
AINsafety » June 18, 2012
In a rare public disagreement among crew members, the captain of Air Canada 139, an Airbus A320, and the three flight attendants on duty on June 8, argued about odd odors emanating from the aircraft ventilation system. The cabin crew thought they represented an unsafe condition; the captain did not.
When National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chair Deborah Hersman says her agency represents, “The conscience and compass of the aviation world,” some people don’t not know how to react. Some interpret that kind of talk as a tad cocky, but that attitude changes pretty quickly.
Flight Options, the second-largest company in the private jet travel industry, announced June 4 that it has been awarded the biennial Argus Platinum rating for the sixth consecutive time. That’s more than any other fractional jet operator. Argus assessed Flight Options against industry best practices in a multi-day audit of continuous improvement efforts in all areas of aviation operations, maintenance and safety.
Eurocontrol released an Airborne Collision Avoidance System (Tcas in North America) training document entitled “Not so fast” in May, offering pilots fresh insight into how their personal flying habits might be causing some apparently bogus Resolution Advisories (RA) in crowded skies.
An ATR 42-500 was destroyed and one maintenance worker was injured in a June 9 fire at Praha-Ruzyne International Airport (LKPR), Prague, Czech Republic. The airplane was parked inside Czech Airlines Technics’ Hangar F for maintenance when an explosion occurred, followed by a fire that destroyed the twin turboprop.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada announced its updated safety watchlist on June 14. TSB chair Wendy Tadros said in a televised news conference, “We produced our first safety watchlist two years ago and it quickly became the TSB’s blueprint for progress, with 41 specific recommendations.
In a preliminary NTSB report on the June 3 Lockheed P2V Neptune tanker accident 20 miles north of Modena, Utah, the board said, “While conducting its second retardant drop of the day, Tanker 11 followed behind the lead airplane into the drop zone.
The Chief Minister of India’s Bihar State, Nitish Kumar, responded last week to a safety ultimatum from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) demanding the trimming of almost 3,000 trees in a biological park near Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport (VEPT) in Patna.