The FAA issued a new Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) 13005 to ensure that cargo carriers transporting heavy vehicles review all loading and securing procedures necessary for safe operations. The alert appears to be in response to the Boeing 747 takeoff accident at Bagram air base in Afghanistan on April 29.
In a recent survey conducted by Washington, D.C.-based researchers Penn, Schoen & Berland for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), 90 percent of the 1,206 Americans questioned said the current policy of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on knives aboard an airplane should not be changed.
Basic manual and cognitive flying skills decline because of a lack of practice actually flying the aircraft, according to 80 percent of 151 respondents to a European Aviation Safety Agency survey about cockpit automation. That same number also believe pilots’ feel for the airplane can deteriorate significantly when they don’t hand fly the aircraft often enough.
The Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS), launched in 1976 by NASA and the FAA, was developed to identify deficiencies and discrepancies in the National Airspace System as well as provide planning data for future system improvements. To date, the ASRS process has produced nearly one million safety reports.
The recent experience of the crew of a Part 121-operated Embraer ERJ-145 underscores the value of returning to the destination in the event of encountering icing. The crew noticed that ice (which they later classified as “severe”) had begun accumulating on the windshield wipers and nose and that the aircraft’s anti-ice system could not be turned on. As they attempted to operate the anti-ice manually, the system came to life but produced a master warning on the Eicas followed by a “bleed air 2 overtemp” warning.
At last week’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva, Robert Bosch Corporate Aviation and Tyrol Air Ambulance were honored with EBAA’s Platinum Safety of Flight award, recognizing more than 50 years or 100,000 hours of safe flying. Other successes included VistaJet’s gold award for 80,000 accident-free hours and FAI rent-a-jet’s bronze award for 40,000 accident-free flight hours.
The FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive–2013-10-52–for GE90-110B1 and GE90-115B engines on May 16 after two reports of transfer gearbox assembly (TGB) failures prompted in-flight engine shutdowns. Investigations revealed the cause as TGB radial gear cracking and separation. The AD prohibits the operation of any aircraft with either engine installed five days after receipt of the directive.
Miami Approach Control recently reissued guidance on how it plans to handle practice instrument approach requests for aircraft in the local area. For example, standard IFR separation will be applied to all aircraft. Aircraft requesting a procedure turn or a traditional holding pattern are expected to inform the approach controller on initial contact. The facility also reminds pilots that clearance for an approach does not authorize the aircraft to fly the published missed approach without previous authorization.
As the August 2013 date for implementation of the new ATP safety requirement for all Part 121 pilots nears, the FlightSafety Academy announced a new program to help less experienced commercial pilots reach the 1,500-hour mark required to apply for the certificate. Called the Flight Instructor Candidate Opportunity initiative, the program will allow pilots to gain experience as a CFI that counts toward the ATP requirement while earning advanced aircraft ratings at no cost.
The European Operators Flight Data Monitoring (EOFDM) forum is searching for people willing to share their experiences with flight data monitoring program techniques and findings at the upcoming annual conference to be held next February. EOFDM is a voluntary safety initiative dedicated to facilitating the implementation of flight data monitoring (FDM) tools and programs by operators that will highlight the system’s safety benefits.