A General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper crashed into Lake Ontario November 13 after a satellite link to the drone failed. The Reaper was being operated by the 174th Attack Wing from Wheeler Sack Army Airfield at Fort Drum, N.Y., in military controlled airspace above 18,000 feet when control was lost. Another drone, an MQ-1B Predator, crashed at Holloman AFB New Mexico a month ago.
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Both the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) and the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) applauded last week’s announcement of new legislation in the U.S. Senate–S.1692, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.)–to include cargo pilots in the new Part 117 flight and duty time regulations that take effect January 4 next year. FedEx pilots are ALPA members, while UPS pilots are represented by the IPA.
Here at the Dubai Airshow Swedish knowledge-management solution specialist Web Manuals (Stand 2715) has launched the latest iteration of its cloud-based document-digitization application. Known as Web Manuals 4 Draken, the new version introduces a range of features that improve content editing and a document ribbon workflow that eases the authoring and publication of manuals.
The FAA is due to issue a rule requiring a new approach to stall training for airline pilots that runs counter to previous guidance. According to Dr. Jeff Schroeder, the agency’s chief scientific and technical officer, the new approach will “take a lot of work to undo previous training because some pilots are ‘spring-loaded’ to the previous technique.”
The FAA issued a rule on November 5 specifically aimed at improving advanced pilot training for Part 121 pilots. The regulation is a direct result of a U.S. Congressional mandate following the 2009 crash of Colgan Flight 3407 near Buffalo, N.Y., in which the pilots first stalled and then lost control of the aircraft on approach.
Details of how an old Mexican-registered Hawker came to be destroyed after entering Venezuelan airspace last week remained unclear at press time.
The Latin Times, a U.S.-based online Latino news source, reported November 7 that a Venezuelan military aircraft shot down a Hawker 125-400A after it illegally entered Venezuelan airspace near the Colombian border in the southern state of Apure.
The final version of a guide to teach pilot monitoring skills should be released by late spring next year, a member of the working group told an audience at the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) international safety summit in Washington, D.C. Pilot monitoring deficiencies have been listed as a contributing factor in a number of accidents over the past decade.
Both the December 2012 crash of a Dornier Do-228 on takeoff from the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and the recent crash of an Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia at Lagos in Nigeria have called attention to the need to train pilots in the importance of both attaining and maintaining V2 (takeoff safety speed) before liftoff from the runway. In both accidents, the aircraft stalled and crashed shortly after liftoff.
The FAA published updates to the wake turbulence separation categories on October 22 for Louisville, Miami, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Atlanta and Philadelphia airports based on improved understanding of how wake vortices behave. Categories are now based on weight, certified approach speed and wing characteristics. Special consideration will be given to aircraft with limited ability to counteract adverse rolls.
JDA Solutions last week announced its SafeAssure safety risk assessment (SRA) program designed to produce complete documentation of the SRA screening of airport projects. The new tool provides a proven method of identifying, analyzing and mitigating risks that might ultimately become apparent in a client’s safety performance. The SafeAssure program encompasses the five-step safety risk management requirements outlined in FAA Orders 8000.369 and 5200.11.