The families of victims of the October 1994 crash of an American Eagle ATR 72 into a field in Roselawn, Ind., met October 31 to remember their loved ones and discuss fundraising efforts to build a permanent memorial. All 68 people aboard American Eagle Flight 4184 died in the accident. The pilots lost control of the aircraft after it accumulated a significant amount of ice while flying at low speed in freezing rain in the holding pattern, a problem that triggered an autopilot disconnection while the aircraft was severely out of trim.
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The University of Western Ontario is looking for research-study participants to investigate the potential benefits of computer-based training to enhance pilots’ overall knowledge base and influence their attitudes about safety. One goal is to test the effectiveness of delivering training in five- to seven-minute sessions. Testing criteria demand participants be at least 18 years of age and hold at least a student pilot certificate.
For many pilots, the first exposure to the benefits of an angle-of-attack (AOA) indicating system comes during their first simulator session toward a business jet or airliner type rating. Because fewer pilots are entering the world of professional flying via the military–which actively uses AOA systems–and general aviation training airplanes are rarely AOA equipped, new civilian pilots get little exposure to AOA indicators and their safety benefits.
Helicopter crews fighting high-rise fires will soon be able to see through smoke via an Astronics Max-Viz enhanced-vision system (EVS) attached to a Simplex SkyCannon (water cannon). Portland, Ore.-based Simplex recently reached an agreement with Astronics, also in Portland, to install the Max-Viz EVS camera as standard equipment on all newly designed SkyCannon fire-fighting systems and add it to legacy systems as time allows.
Flight simulator manufacturer Redbird Flight Simulations held its third annual Migration Flight Training Industry and Design Conference earlier this week at the Redbird SkyPort FBO/flight training lab at San Marcos Airport in Texas.
FlightSafety International (FSI) has added two companies to its Extended Advantage program, which provides FlightSafety customers with special access and pricing for partner company products. The new companies are Aeronautical Data Systems (ADS), which makes a bundle of oxygen- and fuel-management programs, and ForeFlight, developer of the ForeFlight Mobile iPad app.
By the time hypoxia is detected, it’s often too late, and the higher the cabin altitude, the less time pilots have to realize that they need to don oxygen masks.
California-based Clay Lacy Aviation is seeing the highest growth in its managed aircraft fleet in the company’s history. Over the past six months 15 business jets ranging from a Gulfstream G550 to a Learjet 45XR have joined its corporate charter fleet, which now numbers 75 aircraft.
The preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the September 29 Citation CJ2 crash at Santa Monica revealed few answers to the real questions on investigators’ minds, like possible causes of the fatal accident.
Because air traffic controllers are increasingly making traffic separation decisions based upon an aircraft’s global navigation satellite system (GNSS) capability–or lack thereof–the FAA has begun updating aircraft equipment suffixes for traffic operating in U.S. domestic airspace. For instance, a GNSS-equipped aircraft may now fly a random route without the need for ATC radar monitoring, where previously radar was always required.