AIN received nearly two dozen comments to an AINSafety story reporting that some pilots who had been tested by FAA designated pilot examiner (DPE), Edward Lane, would need to be re-examined to determine their competency. At the time, the reasons for the agency’s concern about this DPE were not made entirely clear.
AINsafety » November 19, 2012
The two pilots and single passenger of a Cessna Citation CJ3 were not killed November 11 when their aircraft ran off the end of the 4,700-foot-long Runway 35 Right at Sao Paulo’s Congonhas Airport (SBSP) in Brazil. An airport security camera captured the last few moments of the flight.
While head-up guidance (HGS) capability has been around for nearly two decades, most pilots have never seen the system up close, much less flown with it. One of the iPad apps unveiled at this year’s NBAA convention was a demonstration of the Rockwell Collins HGS. The app doubles as a challenging video game designed to reinforce the basics of the HGS system.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) is pleased that air traffic controllers were dropped from the NTSB’s Top 10 Most Wanted safety list issued November 14. Two ATC-related issues, fatigue and pilot/controller professionalism were added to the Top 10 list in May 2011. Natca’s president Paul Rinaldi said the Board’s move to remove those two topics validates the efforts both the union and the FAA have made to address the problem areas. “Our sole focus is the safety of the system,” he said in a news release.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released its initial investigation into the Sept. 28, 2012, ATC error that occurred 25 miles south-southwest of Williamtown, New South Wales. At 0801 EST an Airservices air traffic controller at the Brisbane ATC complex in Queensland assumed responsibility for airspace sectors extending from 45 nm north of Sydney to near Coffs Harbor in New South Wales, a distance of about 300 nm.
The National Transportation Safety Board’s chairman Deborah Hersman and her fellow board members released the 2013 Most Wanted List of safety recommendations November 14 because, according to Hersman, “Transportation will be a big topic in the 113th Congress…We want to highlight our priorities and help assure safety has a seat at the table.” This year’s list includes an increased focus on improving airport surface safety, better detection of fires in all transportation modes and a continued look at the stubbornly st
Next year’s Heli-Expo show in Las Vegas (March 4-7, 2013) will include the Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) new safety education initiative called the Rotor Safety Challenge. The seminar series will offer 30 different safety topics designed to enhance safety in the rotorcraft industry worldwide. The 60-minute sessions–offered at no charge to attendees–will focus on four different safety tracks; flight operations, maintenance, safety culture and leadership and safety management.
The International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) wants agenda topics for the group’s 44th annual meeting next August in Vancouver. The meeting’s theme is “Preparing the Next Generation of Investigators.” Isasi deadlines say that by February 4 authors must submit an expression of interest to email@example.com. March 4 is the cutoff for abstract submissions of no more than 300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The European Aviation Safety Agency gave its first-ever approval to an electronic flight bag (EFB) with charting on November 15 when it said yes to Jeppesen’s Flight Deck Pro and Mobile TC Pro apps for iPad and iOS. The EASA approval tumbles a significant hurdle for the Boeing Flight Services unit to gain the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approval needed to sell the new technology to European airlines. The new EFBs can be used in all phases of flight.
The command pilot of an IrAero AN-24 was sentenced to essentially 18 months of house arrest in a Russian court for what it found was bad judgment that led to the crash of his aircraft Aug. 8, 2011, according to a story in the Moscow Times. The aircraft ran off the runway, injuring 12 people and substantially damaging the aircraft, during an approach in poor weather to the Blagoveshchensk Airport (UHBB) in the Amur region of Russia. It is unclear why the pilot ignored alerts from the aircraft’s ground proximity warning system before the accident.