AINsafety » May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013 - 2:35pm

U.S. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick has proposed new legislation [H.R. 1775] to require secondary cockpit safety barriers on Part 121 airliners. The metal barrier would be lowered between the first row of seats and the existing hardened cockpit door whenever a pilot leaves the flight deck.

The extra-barrier idea evolved from a study conducted by the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) at the request of the FAA, the Air Line Pilots Association and other industry stakeholders to provide more specific guidance on securing the flight deck.

May 6, 2013 - 2:12pm

An investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau concluded that good planning and quick crew reactions were responsible for the lack of injuries and significant damage after failure of the windshield of an Australian-registered Citation X on January 15.

May 6, 2013 - 2:03pm

Steve Charbonneau, a pilot and chairman of the corporate flight operational quality assurance (C-FOQA) Centerline program created by Austin Digital, is leading a team to develop best practice standards for data gathering from the digital flight data recorders (DFDR) that are now standard on most new large business jets. “The goal is to analyze and share data to give operators both the qualitative and quantitative boost they need to develop their organization into world-class operations,” he said.

May 6, 2013 - 1:55pm

The FAA is cautioning cabin and cockpit crewmembers to guard against passengers attempting to bring personal oxygen bottles on board an aircraft. Contained O2 is considered a hazardous material both as a non-flammable gas and an oxidizer.

Part 121 and 135 regulations do allow air carriers to provide passengers with onboard compressed oxygen for personal use, provided they follow guidelines in their FAA-approved aircraft maintenance manual. However, these carriers are not allowed to permit passengers to bring their own oxygen tanks aboard.

May 6, 2013 - 1:50pm

The investigation into the April 29 crash of a National Air Cargo Boeing 747-400 at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan is being aided by a video caught by a witness in a nearby vehicle that shows the aircraft in a steep climb shortly after takeoff, followed by wing rolling and an eventual stall before the aircraft struck the ground. Seven people aboard the Boeing died in the crash.

May 6, 2013 - 1:40pm

Despite a number of recent fatal accidents involving post-crash fires blamed on the Robinson R44’s vulnerable aluminum fuel tanks, and despite the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) publishing an airworthiness directive demanding replacement with improved flexible bladder versions, many operators have failed to comply.

May 6, 2013 - 1:35pm

Local changes in magnetic variation demanded that Runway 9L/27R at Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) be renumbered 10L/28R. On May 3, the airport also began a number of other construction projects that will continue through September next year, including the permanent decommissioning of the airport’s crosswind Runway 13/31 as well as significant new taxiway construction in advance of the opening of a new Runway 10R/28L. For the next 17 months, FLL’s only operational runway will be 10L/28R.

May 6, 2013 - 1:30pm

Six people aboard a Mexican government-owned Beech King Air 300 were killed April 30 when the turboprop crashed five minutes after takeoff from Aeropuerto Internacional de Zacatecas Airport (MMZC) in central Mexico. A post-crash fire destroyed the aircraft.

May 6, 2013 - 1:20pm

Two Air India pilots and a pair of flight attendants have been suspended from duty pending an investigation into an April 13 incident in which both pilots left the flight deck of the Airbus A321 at the same time for 40 minutes of rest in the cabin. The pilots left two flight attendants in the cockpit to monitor the aircraft. The pilots returned to the cockpit only after one of the flight attendants mistakenly turned off the autopilot.

May 6, 2013 - 1:15pm

Canadian foreign affairs minister John Baird said he was caught off guard by a recent proposal by the Qatar government inviting the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to move its headquarters from Montreal to Doha. He said the wealthy Middle East nation is offering a significant amount of money to convince the United Nations’ aviation regulating body to consider the move. No one mentioned the proposal to Baird on a recent visit to Doha before the announcement. ICAO has been based in Montreal since 1946.

 

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