Imagine a corporate aircraft cleaning crew discovering germs like E. coli, listeria, hepatitis and a few staph infections on the company airplane as they prepare it for the next trip? Paula Kraft, CEO of Atlanta Ga.-based Aviation Catering Consultants (ACC), conducted research on more than three dozen international airplanes (most of them U.S.-based) and found some of these germs on the control wheels, in the galley and in the lavatory.
AINsafety » March 18, 2013
Enhancing aviation and surface safety remains the top priority for the U.S. Department of Transportation, concluded the department’s Inspector General in a recent report of the agency’s top management challenges.
Nine hydroelectric workers and the pilot died when an air taxi crashed on approach to the Monte Dourado airfield at Almeirim in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest on March 12. The EMB 820 Carajá, an Embraer-built version of the Piper Navajo powered by a pair Pratt &Whitney PT-6A-27 turboprops, had been operated by air taxi firm Fretax since 2010.
General aviation accidents continue to occur for many of the same reasons. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued five specific recommendations aimed at pinpointing the most common hazards, while offering potential remedies.
International flight crews share a never-ending need for a good night’s rest. Now there’s a proven link between exercise in moderation and sleep quality. A new report from the National Sleep Foundation studied 1,000 adults between ages 23 and 60 and found that those who exercised in the seven days before the survey reported better quality of sleep than those who did not. Surprisingly, both groups averaged about the same number of hours of total rest–just short of seven.
In its Question of the Month, the International Association of Flight Training Professionals (IAFTP) asks cockpit crews and instructors, “How does a flight training organization manage compliance?” While regulatory agencies around the world issue standards, you can’t manage safety, according to IAFTP. “You can manage and measure only compliance to specific standards that the industry believes should ultimately result in acceptable levels of safety,” the group concludes.
Although the precise reason for the Boeing 787’s battery overheating problems has not been identified, “there is growing scrutiny of the FAA’s practice of letting manufacturers self-certify the safety of critical aircraft systems,” according to a March 4 story in Roll Call. The FAA began a push for more self-certification in 2005 to allow agency personnel to make better use of limited available resources.
Analogic’s new Cobra checkpoint tomography system was certified last week to meet both European Civil Aviation Conference Type D and D+ Standard 2 performance standards for threat detection. A portion of these standards includes the ability to detect threats accurately even when passengers leave laptop computers and liquids in their carry-on bags.
The opportunity to teach pilots how to manage aircraft upsets is now available in Europe with the opening of an Aviation Performance Solutions location at Seppe Airport at Bosschenhoofd in the Netherlands. APS will use the Slingsby Firefly T-67 in the European training system. The company will use CAE’s level-D Boeing 737 simulator at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam for clients who plan to complete the final phase of training, which uses simulation.
New en route air traffic control radar for the Nigerian flight information region should be operational by April 12, according to the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). A NAMA spokesman said a considerable number of air traffic controllers have already been trained in preparation for the new Lagos and Kano sectors opening for live traffic. The implementation of new voice communications has also been completed at 13 airports in Nigeria.