A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report obtained by AIN through the agency’s safety management system details how a Bell 205A1++ pilot (name withheld) supporting Oregon’s Pole Creek fire-suppression efforts on September 28 saved another firefighter who became trapped by the blaze.
AINsafety » October 22, 2012
The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies has approved a bill ensuring the priority and confidentiality of aviation accident safety investigations and sent the proposed legislation to the Senate. The PL 2453/07 bill was introduced by a special committee that held hearings on Brazil’s two worst air disasters.
CAE and Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) plan to work together to provide academic and in-flight upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) to flight instructors and student cadets (ab initio pilots) attending CAE Oxford Aviation Academy flight school programs. Student pilots will receive basic UPRT training with options for an upgrade program, while instructors will go through the professional pilot UPRT program.
The Allied Pilots Association (APA) has responded to an October 2 ABC News story in which a passenger questioned an American Airlines captain’s decision to return to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) after declaring an emergency. The passenger suggested that the emergency might simply be another labor jab at American management rather than a true emergency.
NBAA plans numerous safety presentations at this year’s Orlando convention beginning with Cessna’s single-pilot safety standdown meeting on October 29 at 10:30 a.m. The standdown runs until 5 p.m. that day and focuses on cockpit information technologies and systems designed to support the decision-making process for aviators flying alone in addition to best practices for ground operations and international flight planning. All presentations will be integrated with pilot’s actual experiences.
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 717, acquired during the merger with AirTran, was rammed by a catering truck on October 12 after the driver lost control of the vehicle on the ramp at Milwaukee’s Mitchell Field. The driver said he was unable to stop when a soft-drink can became lodged between the truck’s brake pedal and the floor. Southwest said the aircraft fuselage was substantially damaged at the forward and mid-section joint. None of the 108 people on board was injured. Southwest mechanics are inspecting the aircraft.
The International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) this week endorsed GE Aviation as a qualified instrument flight procedure design company. The approval came at the ICAO’s performance-based navigation (PBN) symposium in Montreal. GE Aviation was one of five service providers to receive the endorsement that ensures it can develop safe and compliant flight procedures. GE Aviation’s PBN services are designed to complement its existing design organization approval for air navigation service providers by offering full design services or support during the design and implementation process.
Steve Buckner, a doctoral candidate at Northcentral University, is hoping you can help with research for his dissertation, titled “Examination of Safety Management Systems and Aviation Technologies in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Industry.” His anonymous survey examines the opinions and associations, if any, of air medical rotory- and fixed-wing pilots regarding their organization’s safety culture, the support of safety by management, and use of technology to enhance operational safety.
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association’s ATC Executive Committee said last week that its regular sessions with the FAA’s local airspace and air traffic division personnel are again ready to bear fruit. A CABAA spokesman said the pieces are in place to release a number of new RNAV departures from Chicago-area satellite airports specifically designed for general and business aviation aircraft some time next year.
A U.S. District court in Rome, Ga., on October 11 sentenced Andrew Anderson to 37 months in prison after finding him guilty of conspiracy to forge a supplemental type certificate (STC). Anderson was initially contracted by SIA Engineering Company to obtain STCs for interior modifications on Boeing aircraft owned by a branch of the Dubai government. He subsequently forged the necessary documents. The court demanded Anderson also pay $1.1 million in restitution to his victims.