The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has determined that low-fare airline Ryanair did not violate safety standards last July when three of its flights ran short of fuel on the same day near Valencia in eastern Spain. The aircraft were diverted to Valencia due to thunderstorms in Madrid area and all three flights landed safely.
AINsafety » September 24, 2012
An FAA review has found that some Gulfstream Aerospace G150s might not meet the takeoff requirements contained in the type’s airplane flight manual (AFM) because data for runway slope and anti-ice corrections to V1 and takeoff distances were originally “developed in a non-conservative manner.”
Both Gander and Shanwick oceanic control areas (OCAs) are conducting a trial of reduced longitudinal separation standards–five minutes between eligible aircraft–in North Atlantic airspace. The separation minimum for turbojets maintaining constant Mach on the same longitudinal track in the North Atlantic minimum navigation performance specifications (MNPS) airspace is 10 minutes.
The popular ForeFlight iPad moving-map application and X-Plane personal computer-based simulator now can be integrated to display X-Plane’s simulated aircraft position on the app’s moving map. This is a significant improvement that allows pilots to practice using the ForeFlight app while flying X-Plane, instead of trying to learn how to use the app in the air when they should be looking outside.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on carriers in the Commonwealth of Independent States to take action to improve a safety record, which is currently three or four times worse than that of the global industry.
The one-year grace period from last year’s change to the FAA’s requirements for pilot proficiency checks (PPC) ends Oct. 31, 2012. After that date, all pilots acting as pilot-in-command of a single-pilot certified turbojet aircraft will be required to have completed a PIC check within the preceding 12 calendar months.
Pilots taxiing at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) are being asked to pay special attention as they approach Runway 13/31, especially during construction season when the runway is active more often than usual. A new airport notice, FLL 2012-09-12, says runway incursions have resulted from pilot inattention. “Aircraft southbound on Taxiway ‘Q’ are failing to hold short of RWY 13/31 when required by ATC. Aircraft taxiing to RWY 9L via Taxiway ‘P’ and Taxiway ‘E’ are failing to turn left at Taxiway ‘E’ and enter RWY 13/31 instead.”
Alaska Airlines resumed some service beginning September 17, after voluntarily grounding its entire fleet of six Bombardier Dash 8s and six Beechcraft 1900s after company personnel realized that none of the fleet’s flight data recorders conformed to federal standards. The precise reason the airline’s flight data recorders did not meet standards was not made public.
A recent update to the FAA’s aeronautical information manual (AIM) specifically wants to refocus how pilots use their transponders on the ground. For years, most pilots became used to ensuring transponders were turned off until takeoff or as part of the after-landing checks. The AIM now says, “Civil and military transponders should be turned ‘on’ to the normal altitude-reporting position prior to moving on the surface to ensure the aircraft is visible to ATC [ground] surveillance systems.”
The FAA has proposed a $400,000 civil penalty against Atlantic Southeast Airlines–now operating as Expressjet–for operating a Bombardier regional jet in revenue flight without a properly completed maintenance release. The agency says the airline conducted 49 trips between July 7 and July 15 without an authorized signature on either the maintenance release or the aircraft’s discrepancy log. Atlantic Southeast has 30 days from receipt of the FAA’s civil penalty letter to respond to the agency.