The FAA’s Office of Safety and Operations has seen a slow, yet steady increase in the number of both vehicle and pedestrian incursions at airport around the U.S. over the past six months.
AINsafety » September 17, 2012
The NTSB’s initial report of the July 31 loss of standard ATC separation between three regional airliners operating near Washington’s Reagan Airport (DCA) said the aircraft were not as close as some people at first believed. The Board cited poor ATC coordination as the reason for the incident. The NTSB said the Potomac Tracon supervisor called the supervisor at DCA tower at 2.00 p.m.
The FAA wants Part 133 helicopter operators to be more safety-aware about the use of belly-band systems that can be classified as a portable safety device (PSD) during external load operations such as power line construction, inspection, and utility maintenance. The agency wants operators to completely understand the limitations of PSDs before deciding to use them.
According to some statistics, the aviation accident rate in African is nine times worse than anywhere else on earth. But it is improving, partially because of increased focus on the region internationally, but also because of efforts like the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Safe Skies Africa (SSA) program that began in 1998. It is now focusing on increasing the number of African countries that meet international aviation safety standards, and that means training accident investigators.
The FAA’s Inspector General this week begins an audit to review how well the agency is protecting its own Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program (VDRP) against misuse.
San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) Runway 28 Left will be closed on weekends for runway and taxiway work through October 1. The work is expected to cut the airport’s normal arrival rate of 60 aircraft per hour almost in half between 10 p.m. Friday nights and 8 a.m. Mondays.
A new FAA Advisory Circular–Change 1 to AC 150/5220-26–updates vehicle requirements for the use of ADS-B with squitter output, soon to become necessary in ground vehicles on most major commercial airports using ASDE-X systems.
India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) expects to complete its second safety audit of that nation’s airlines by next month. The audits began with a look at Kingfisher Airlines and Air India Express because of ongoing labor issues at those airlines. The DGCA expects the first of these reports to be released soon.
A Southern Air Boeing 747-200 suffered the loss of all four engine-driven electrical generators while en route from Miami to Anchorage, Alaska, on September 12. The Boeing landed on Anchorage’s Runway 7 Left using the aircraft’s two emergency generators.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was in Juneau, Alaska, on September 14 and 15 surveying air-taxi pilots about fatigue. An NIOSH researcher has been asking cockpit crewmembers around the state to share their experiences and fatigue remedies as part of a three-year study of Alaskan air-taxi pilots.