The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended that the FAA require manufacturers to equip large airliners with onboard, externally mounted cameras to offer pilots a clear view of the airplane’s wingtips while taxiing. The September 5 recommendation is a first step toward ensuring clearance from other aircraft, vehicles and ground obstacles.
AINsafety » September 10, 2012
The second greatest shock to pilot Jim Huddleston and his co-captain after their Learjet 45 struck some trees during a night approach at Saratoga Springs (5B2) in July 2008 was that an almost obscure gray arrow symbol on the GPS Runway 5 approach plate apparently did not live up to expectations.
The NBAA’s safety committee wants business pilots to think differently about how they prepare for both initial and recurrent training. “Although the accident rate for business aviation has been very low … a number of accidents have occurred in which pilot training has been identified as a contributing factor,” the committee reported in an August 22 seminar held at the National Transportation Safety Board HQ.
The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 directed the agency to study the impact of cellphone operation on aircraft operations during scheduled airline flights. It is specifically seeking comments from aircraft operators, including flight attendants, pilots and passengers who have experience with cellphone use through onboard base stations. The 60-day comment period ends November 5.
Bombardier, sponsor of the annual Aviation Safety Standdown held in Wichita, is soliciting nominations for the new Eugene Cernan Safety Award, to be presented for the first time at this year’s event, which begins October 8. Cernan, a former naval aviator, NASA Apollo XVII commander and the last human to walk on the Moon, has been a regular Standdown participant since Bombardier started the program 16 years ago.
HungaroControl’s new 107,000-sq-ft ATC Center in Budapest, funded by the EU and slated to be equipped with certified radar and communications equipment by the end of this year, represents the next step in bringing modern en route ATC to the region. En route ATC operations are scheduled to begin from the new facility in February. HungaroControl employs 156 air traffic controllers.
A federal grand jury in Philadelphia indicted Joseph Picklo on August 23, charging him with possession of an explosive in an airport and carrying an explosive on to an aircraft. Federal investigators said that on March 29 this year Picklo attempted to pass through security screening with explosives in his backpack at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Airport security officials searched the backpack and confiscated two M80-style fireworks, flash-powder in a concealed container, a lighting wick and a flammable lighter.
Effective September 17, the FAA will implement new phraseology for aircraft departing via an Rnav SID at airports using simultaneous parallel-runway departures. Towers will now include the first SID waypoint in the takeoff clearance. For example, “Falcon 2GP, Rnav to (fix/waypoint), Runway 32 Left, cleared for takeoff.” The new procedure was designed to ensure crews have the correct procedure loaded in the aircraft’s FMS.
The FAA issued an AD–Docket FAA-2012-0222– on September 6 for some versions of the Eurocopter AS350. The directive, which is effective from October 11 this year, was issued after an in-flight fire caused by the ignition of hydraulic fluid leaking from a damaged forward servo-control hydraulic hose. The AD is intended to prevent the forward servo-control hydraulic hoses from becoming damaged and leaking hydraulic fluid that could ignite in flight.