LouElla Hollingsworth, a veteran air traffic controller with 29 years’ experience, saved the pilot of a Piaggio Avanti when she recognized signs of hypoxia in his radio transmissions on November 16 last year. Thanks to Hollingsworth’s quick thinking as a Fort Worth Center controller in Texas, she convinced the pilot to descend to a lower altitude where the oxygen level was suitable for breathing.
AINsafety » March 25, 2013
The Piper Cheyenne that crashed shortly after takeoff on March 15 from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) in Florida may have been attempting to return to the airport after encountering an unknown system failure, according to preliminary NTSB data.
The aircraft departed FXE at 4:20 p.m. local time for a short maintenance test flight at the time of the crash. The pilot and two passengers were killed when the aircraft stalled after takeoff from Runway 8, struck the ground and burst into flames.
As experts struggle to identify why the crew of Air France 447 lost control of their A330 over the South Atlantic Ocean nearly four years ago, the industry is also still struggling to develop the precision data needed to accurately reproduce a stall in a Level D simulator. The lack of accurate stall data limits entry and recovery practice because the computers running the simulators have no idea how the aircraft will actually perform.
While NTSB investigators at South Bend Airport (SBN) in Indiana are searching for the cause of the March 17 crash of a Hawker Beechcraft Premier I, they are also wondering if there’s any connection between the SBN accident and two other Premier crashes in the past month. Nine people died in the three accidents.
Bermuda’s ATC radar is expected to be out of service for an unspecified “extended period of time,” according to a notice to airmen (Notam) released March 20. This means pilots heading for the Atlantic island had better brush up on their non-radar ATC procedures.
The North Texas Business Aviation Association will offer 10 different safety presentations at its first Safety Show Down event on April 3 at the Dallas-area Addison Airport (ADS). The event takes place at Million Air’s location on the northeast side of the field beginning with check-in at 7:30 a.m. Session topics include pilot upset recovery, food safety and fatigue.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (Casa) has begun the process of permanently shutting down Barrier Aviation, a charter company whose operations the regulator suspended last December. A Casa spokesman said the agency permanently grounded the company’s 34 aircraft because management ordered pilots to fly aircraft that were not airworthy.
All taxiways at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) once identified by a “Z” prefix have been eliminated as the City of Chicago continues toward the May 2, 2013 renaming of Runway 10-28. That runway will become 10L-28R in advance of this fall’s opening of the new Runway 10C-28C. ORD taxiways will now be identified with double letters such as “DD” or “GG.”
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) says it’s time to develop a team focused solely on helicopter safety in the U.S. The new team will be co-chaired by the Bristow Group’s Bill Chiles, representing industry, while James Viola from the FAA’s Flight Standards Division heads the government contingent. Even though the number of civil helicopter accidents has declined over the past six years, that decline has recently leveled off.
A US Airways customer service agent at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is being credited with calling attention to a passenger who attempted to impersonate an Air France pilot as he boarded a flight to West Palm Beach on March 20. The passenger had already caused a fuss over not being allowed to ride in first class. Since he was also wearing a pilot shirt and jacket with epaulets he walked into the cockpit of the waiting aircraft and attempted to take the cockpit jumpseat.