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December 12, 2013 - 2:30pm

Operations at London Stansted Airport were disrupted for several hours on Tuesday after a Gulfstream G550 caused some damage to the ILS while landing. The aircraft touched down safely, and the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch is looking into the incident. Arriving flights were delayed for a few hours until fog lifted later in the morning.

December 9, 2013 - 2:38pm

The FAA issued a special airworthiness information bulletin (SAIB) NM-14-05 related to potential wing/aileron oscillations on various BAe 125/Hawker business jets. The November 27 bulletin covers the following types: the 750, 800, 800A (including C-29A and U-125/U-125A versions), 800B, 800XP, 850XP, 900XP, 1000, 1000A and 1000B.

December 9, 2013 - 2:34pm

The Flight Operations Risk Assessment System (Foras) was created to quantitatively assess aviation risk factors with more than simple accident rates. As highlighted in the Flight Safety Foundation’s November 2013 AeroSafety World publication, the system breaks down risks into ever smaller elements to simplify analysis.

December 9, 2013 - 2:28pm

Two Part 91 business aviation pilots departing New York’s Farmingdale Airport on a recent IFR flight during gusty, rainy conditions became involved in a runway incursion that presented a number of valuable lessons.

December 9, 2013 - 2:21pm

The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive (AD)–2013-22-19–for the Gulfstream V and GV-SP to address unrelated problems with fuel boost pumps.

December 9, 2013 - 2:15pm

In an online forum, a professional pilot wondered whether he might be incorrectly controlling the aircraft when he performed a slip on final approach because the airspeed always increased, not decreased as he’d been taught. Slips in transport aircraft are sometimes restricted or even prohibited, making it hard for pilots to know how to handle them when they are required.

December 9, 2013 - 2:10pm

A U.S. District Court in Orlando, Fla., indicted Reginald Wayne Sibley, Jr., on November 20 for operating an aircraft without an airman’s certificate, as well as for making false statements on an FAA medical application. Sibley is the registered owner of Orlando-based Intelijet Air. The indictment alleges that Sibley fraudulently received $26,133 for operating passenger flights without an FAA operating certificate. Sibley reportedly made the flights by fraudulently claiming to be part of an approved certificate of a charter operator in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

December 9, 2013 - 2:05pm

The FAA announced last week that it proposed fines against both Great Lakes Aviation and Southwest Airlines for unrelated FAR violations. The FAA claims that Great Lakes flew a Beech 1900 on 19 different occasions when the aircraft’s de-icing fluid was heated to temperatures exceeding the 180-degree limit that could possibly damage the aircraft. Southwest Airlines was accused of incorrectly wiring a windshield heater switch on a Boeing 717 and operating that aircraft on 1,140 passenger flights before the error was detected.

December 9, 2013 - 2:00pm

While the DOT has made some progress in its information security program, some systems remain vulnerable to significant security threats stemming from deficiencies in policies and procedures, enterprise-level controls, system controls and management of known security weaknesses, according to a recent audit report from the department’s office of the inspector general (IG). The IG made a number of recommendations.

December 9, 2013 - 1:55pm

The NTSB has a full line-up of experts poised to testify during testimony into the July 6 crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 at San Francisco. Discussions range from Boeing 777 cockpit design to Asiana’s pilot training and to an additional look into the effect of automation on human performance. The hearing begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow (December 10) and 8:30 a.m. on December 11 at the NTSB’s boardroom in Washington, D.C. The pilots of the flight are not expected to attend.

 
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