The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has found the two pilots of a QantasLink Bombardier Dash 8-300 to be primarily responsible for an unstabilized approach that activated the twin turboprop’s stick shaker on final approach to Runway 16 Left at Sydney Airport [YSSY] in New South Wales in March 2011. The Bureau said both pilots got behind the required checklist duties for configuring the aircraft before commencing the approach.
AINsafety » June 4, 2012
The investigation continues into the midair collision of a Beechcraft Bonanza and a Piper PA-28 that took the lives of two people on May 28. The collision took place over Summerduck, Va., 45 minutes southwest of downtown Washington.
As the aviation subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives wrestles with deciding which of the FAA’s 402 Air Traffic Control facilities should be remodeled and which ones should be combined to reduce operating costs, Congressmen have been hearing testimony from the FAA, DOT and National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) off
Cockpit crews don’t always consider all their options during takeoff planning, according to Steve Leon, a member of NBAA’s Domestic Operations Committee and a former United Airlines pilot.
The pilot of a Robinson R44 helicopter—N512RT, according to an FAA spokesman—was caught on video pulling a series of low-level flying stunts that endangered the safety of people nearby.
An EVA Air Cargo Boeing 747’s right wing clipped the vertical stabilizer of an American Eagle EMB135 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on May 30.
Reduced longitudinal separation minimum [RLongSM], an ATC pilot program in the North Atlantic, produced no safety events during a nine-month evaluation period last year. “Normal longitudinal separation is ten minutes,” explained Dave Stohr, president of Air Training International. “The trial was running with five minutes between appropriately equipped and approved aircraft.”
The main cabin door of a Challenger 600 separated from the aircraft, shortly after the business jet departed Opa-locka Airport, Fla. (OPF) for a short VFR flight to Pompano Beach Airpark, Pompano, Fla. (PMP), on May 23.
Shell Oil announced on May 31 that it is pulling the plug on plans to sign a multimillion-dollar deal with UK-based Bond Offshore Helicopters to provide transportation within the UK.