Two Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduate students–Diana Cobas and Georgina Lopez–are studying the impact some new cockpit technologies might have on preventing runway excursions. They invite pilots with experience of both traditional runway excursions, as well as those related to new technology, will take their anonymous survey.
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New Zealand’s Christchurch International Airport has won the 2013 Safety Award from theAustralasian Aviation Ground Safety Council (AAGSC). The facility was selected after of its management installed CCTV monitors around the airport to keep staff up to date on ground traffic issues. Another factor was the airport’s new ramp lights, designed to prevent injury to ground personnel. The lights are activated when aircraft are about to push back from the terminal.
A 59-year-old man working near the north cargo area of Logan International Airport was killed December 31 when he was run over by a truck on the ramp. Although the truck was traveling in reverse at the time it struck the victim, the reason behind bad damage to the vehicle’s windshield has not yet been explained.
The FAA is reissuing and revising a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SW-08-03R4) covering recommendations for rotorcraft powered by turboshaft engines flying into snowy or icy conditions. The SAIB describes procedures to reduce the probability of an uncommanded in-flight engine shutdown due to snow and/or ice ingestion and reminds operators that most helicopters are not approved/equipped for flight into icing conditions.
Raising commonality in the way different companies operate the same helicopter type will be among the subjects of the safety review launched by North Sea operators Bristow, Avincis and CHC.
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) reformulated its safety goal, from reducing the number of helicopter accidents at a global level by 80 percent between 2006 and 2016 to “Zero tolerance, zero accidents,” John Black, co-chairman of the Ehest (the European chapter of the IHST), said at the EASA Rotorcraft Symposium.
“We won’t attain the IHST’s initial objective but we have to keep the momentum,” Michel Masson, Ehest secretary, told AIN. “We needed an ambitious target, an aspiration, a quest that would motivate all players and gather energies”.
Humans’ attempts to interact with cockpit automation have provided fodder for pilot anecdotes for years, and the recently released Operational Use of Flight Path Management Systems offers a precise roadmap for where the industry needs to focus. The 34-member research team responsible for compiling the report comprises members of the Performance-based Aviation Rulemaking Committee’s (PARC) flight-deck automation working group, which evolved not long after the 1995 American Airlines accident in Cali, Colombia.
Ever since two pilots fell asleep in the cockpit of a Bombardier CRJ operating as Go! Flight 1002 during a February 2008 flight from Honolulu to Hilo, Hawaii, the NTSB has urged the FAA to tackle the issue of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among pilots. The captain of that aircraft was diagnosed with severe OSA after the flight.
Unpopular as his crusade may be, Federal Air Surgeon Fred Tilton is right to shine a spotlight on sleep apnea in the pilot community.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) last week lists two aviation issues as top priorities for 2014 in the latest audit released by the office of its inspector general (IG). The DOT will focus on improving the FAA’s industry oversight and operations within the national airspace system (NAS), while also identifying and addressing what it views as root problems in the decade-old NextGen program.