The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA-I) and the International Federation of Airline Pilots (IFALPA) showed their support for the members of the Asiana Pilot Union (APU) when the NTSB hearing into Asiana Flight 214’s July 6 crash at San Francisco Airport. The NTSB’s hearings on the Asiana accident mark the first time in more than 20 years that IFALPA has participated in an accident investigation hearing to support a member association.
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NBAA has criticized the FAA’s proposed action on sleep apnea among pilots. Doug Carr, the group’s vice president for safety, security and regulation, last week condemned as “unacceptable” FAA flight surgeon Dr Fred Tilton’s plan to require some pilots and air traffic controllers to undergo screening for obstructive sleep apnea. Opponents of the policy claim it is not supported by research.
A December 5 report published by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau reviewed a May 17, 2012 unstable approach to Western Australia’s Laverton Aerodrome from the cockpit of a de Havilland Canada Dash 8.
Bond Air Services has grounded its EC135 helicopter fleet in the wake of a November 29 accident in which one of the aircraft it operates for local police crashed into a pub in Glasgow, Scotland, killing nine people and injuring 32 others.
Eurocontrol’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Center last week introduced a system to dynamically manage upper airspace to suit traffic flow. The new variable division flight level (VDFL) enables a flexible distribution of traffic between upper and lower sectors (from 24,500 feet to unlimited), by altering the division flight level to match changing traffic patterns. The division flight level between the upper and lower sectors was previously fixed at 33,500 feet.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week released a new video to reinforce the need for airport operators to report all bird strikes. The production also details how to preserve and prepare bird remains for shipment to Washington, D.C., for analysis.
The captain who lost control of a Boeing 737 that subsequently crashed in Kazan, Russia, on November 17 may have been operating with a false pilot certificate, according to Associated Press reports on the investigation. The aircraft was executing a go-around when it entered a near-vertical dive before the impact that killed all 50 people on board.
A Cessna 208 Grand Caravan operated by Makani Kai Air crashed after the engine quit shortly after takeoff from Kalaupapa Airport, Hawaii, on December 11. One person died after the aircraft impacted the water. The injuries of the remaining eight people, one of whom was the pilot, were not reported. The aircraft was destined for Honolulu International Airport at the time of the accident.
Operators using the New York area Teterboro Airport can expect a number of runway and taxiway construction closures beginning December 16 and continuing through December 20. Work will be ongoing on both Runway 19 and Runway 24, as well as on portions of Taxiways Q, E, G, L and R. Most of the closures will begin at 5:30 a.m.
The Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA), a group that represents aviation medical examiners (AMEs) in the U.S., is opposing the FAA’s newly proposed policy “that would task AMEs to determine body mass index (BMI) on all pilot applicants.” A BMI exceeding a set value–initially 40–would require evaluation by a board-certified sleep specialist to determine if the pilot applicant has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).