The FAA has released details of a new ADS-B-based oceanic airspace trial that started October 26 with the goal of reducing longitudinal separation between participating aircraft in the Oakland air route traffic control center’s oceanic control area. The in-trail procedure (ITP), which applies to climbing and descending aircraft, is designed to prove that more aircraft will be able to fly at their requested altitudes using the ADS-B reduced separation standards. A number of conditions must exist during the trial period in order for controllers to apply reduced separation standards.
AINsafety » November 5, 2012
Apollo 17 commander Gene Cernan said he worries about the flying skills of pilots today. The type-rated Learjet 45 pilot, who was the last man to walk on the moon, commented to AIN at last month’s Bombardier Safety Standdown in Wichita, “I worry about the complacency that technology is imposing on pilots. Pilots tend to become overwhelmed with all the lights on these glass panels and forget they still have a responsibility to fly the airplane.” Cernan believes that part of the solution is pilots being honest about their flying skills and their shortcomings.
Ph.D. aviation safety researcher Meng-Yuan Liao is surveying pilots about the cultural differences about aviation safety between pilots operating in the Far East and those flying in Western countries. Taiwan-based Liao plans to publish the results of his efforts in an international safety magazine, as well as share them with AINSafety. “The importance of developing a safety culture is vital to good safety management,” he told AIN.
United Airlines and Honeywell celebrated a satellite navigation milestone September 28 when they received operational approval for a ground-based augmentation system (GBAS using Honeywell’s SmartPath SLS-4000) installed at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), clearing the way for United to begin regular passenger flights in the U.S. using this technology. United Airlines will primarily fly its GBAS capable Boeing 737-800 and -900 model aircraft into EWR. A United Boeing 787 Dreamliner also made its first GBAS landing at Newark on October 10.
The Single European Sky ATM research program (SESAR), developed to unite all European Union air traffic controllers under one operating system, has announced another move toward implementation, with the recent update of the region’s ATM strategic plan. Updates to the original 2009 plan are designed to deploy necessary ATM technologies and procedures through 2030.
A Beech B90 King Air operating on a Part 91 flight overran a runway at Sylvania Airport (C89) in Sturtevant, Wis., 17 miles south of Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport. The incident occurred on October 22 at about 6:45 p.m. local time. After leaving Runway 8R, the aircraft collided with a fence and a ditch, causing minor injuries to the single passenger aboard. While its commercially rated pilot was not injured, the aircraft sustained damage to its fuselage and both wings.
Air traffic service academy Entry Point North is offering on-site training in a specially equipped mobile simulation trailer. During September and October, up to 30 tower controllers from Aviation Capacity Resources, a private Swedish air navigation service provider, received emergency training provided in the mobile simulator that was put into operation next to their tower units at Stockholm Västerås and Växjö.
The FAA has proposed a $205,250 civil penalty against Circor Aerospace, Inc., a Sylmar, Calif.-based aircraft repair station, for allegedly violating drug and alcohol testing regulations. The agency alleges that between September 2010 and December 2011, Circor failed to conduct required pre-employment drug tests and did not wait until test results were verified as negative before hiring 29 people to perform safety-sensitive aircraft maintenance work.
Updated versions of MedAire’s Aircraft First-Aid Kit and Aircraft First-Aid Kit Rx products are now available in the U.S., with global availability planned for early 2013. Key updates to the Aircraft First-Aid Kit include medications and equipment to address and improve medical diagnostic accuracy in flight. MedAire also introduced an updated emergency medical kit that works in conjunction with the Aircraft First-Aid Kit 1.0. The MedAire Aircraft First-Aid Kit 1.0 meets or exceeds FAR Parts 91, 121, 135; EU OPS 1.745 and Canada AOHS Section 9.8.
ArincDirect is now certified to assist business aviation flight departments in need of help gaining FAA/CAA letters of authorization approval for both the hardware installation and crew training required to fly using pilot controller data link communications (CPDLC).