The Reason Foundation believes there is a positive relationship between a private ATC system and aviation safety. The U.S. conservative thinktank’s director of transportation, Bob Poole, cited a 1996 MBS Ottawa study that looked at 10 self-supporting air navigation service providers (ANSP) around the world and concluded that performance–measured by seven different indicators, including safety–under a corporate structure was as good as or better than when the respective governments ran ATC.
AINsafety » June 24, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) received a petition June 19 to reconsider its investigation of the July 17, 1996 crash of TWA 800, a Boeing 747 that exploded while climbing toward Paris shortly after takeoff from New York JFK International Airport. The petition was initiated by a group of people tied to a new documentary film called TWA800, due for release next month on the Epix cable channel.
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) released a final report early this month on the June 2010 accident at Ottawa’s MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (CYOW) in which the pilots of a Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ 145LR were unable to stop the aircraft on the airport’s 8,000-foot Runway 7 during landing. With 33 passengers and a crew of three–none of whom was injured–the aircraft made a smooth touchdown 1,740 feet beyond the threshold of a wet runway approximately eight knots too fast.
Most of the resources to reduce runway incursions are already in place, according to the FAA’s group manager for runway safety, Jim Krieger, who believes the problem is well understood by pilots, controllers, airport managers and airport vehicle drivers. “Most of what we do now is evaluate an incursion after it occurs,” Krieger told AIN. “We need to look at all of the [data] outcomes and become more predictive about these events.
NavCanada has announced a plan to eliminate an exemption to its standard en-route service charges Oct. 13, 2013, as they apply to certain types of flights. Explaining the June 17 announcement, a NavCanada spokesman said the exemption is no longer equitable to all users and so is unwarranted. Currently, aircraft operating between airports staffed by NavCanada personnel and those with no certified personnel pay no en-route navigation charges. However, aircraft operating above 60 degrees North latitude or those already paying a flat daily rate for services will be unaffected by the changes.
Two $2,100 American Eurocopter scholarship winners will attend a comprehensive training program aimed at improving the safety of air medical transport. Josh Weiland, safety officer for Sanford AirMed Enterprise, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Peter Carros, safety manager for Geisinger Health Systems in Danville, Pa., will attend the Safety Management Training Academy conducted annually by the Association of Air Medical Services.
The Civil Air Navigation Services Organization has launched an initiative to improve runway safety at airports that will provide a runway safety checklist for airports and air navigation service providers (ANSPs), as well as key tips for both pilots and air traffic controllers. The effort includes a revised and updated education bookleton runway excursions, Unstable Approaches–ATC Considerations,as well as a smartphone app.
Some aircraft have had better safety records over the past decade than others, according to data produced by airlineratings.com. Not surprisingly, newer Western-built airliners, such as most Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier models, are rated the safest. The least safe aircraft include the Czech Let-410, which has experienced 20 accidents over the past 10 years; both the Ilyushin Il-72 and Antonov An-12, which logged 17 each; and the de Havilland Canada Twin Otter, with 18.
Mitre’s Center for Advanced Aviation Systems Development is recruiting pilots to help evaluate proposed changes to instrument approach standards. Selected applicants–who will be paid up to $250 for their time–must have had a flight review within the past two years and be current instrument-rated pilots with glass-cockpit experience. Interested applicants should contact Anna Christine Yilmaz at (317) 459-5947 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Photographer Mike Sellers shot a thrilling close-up video of the mid-afternoon June 18 tornado that formed over Denver International Airport (KDEN). Winds were later calculated at 100 mph. No one was injured as the storm, which never actually touched down, moved over the airport.