Baldwin Aviation said on October 15 that the newest version of its proprietary Savvy software for developers of safety management systems (SMS) is now fully operational. Savvy second generation allows users to create more customized documentation than version one. Don Baldwin, president and CEO, said, “The changes…allowed us to expand what we can include, such as service issue tracking, and offer greater cloud integration for increased security, performance and scalability at no added cost to the client.”
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The NBAA has warned flight crews executing the TRTLL STAR into Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to be alert for a system glitch that might command an aircraft’s FMS to descend to 4,000 feet at MONKZ when the aircraft should actually remain at 11,000 feet. The 4,000 foot altitude depicted is an MEA at MONKZ, not a crossing altitude.
The Finnish Air Traffic Controllers’ Association announced it will strike at the Finnish Area Control Center in Tampere, beginning October 30. The union said air traffic controllers in Tampere will walk off the job between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. and between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. local time. Controllers are protesting a plan to move the Finnish ATC center from Tampere to Vantaa, approximately 100 miles southeast.
The NTSB is investigating the October 15 failure of an International Aero Engines V2500 engine aboard a Spirit Airlines Airbus A319 20 minutes after takeoff en route from Dallas to Atlanta. An initial investigation of the A319 determined the failure was contained within the engine’s outer casing. The aircraft landed safely.
Flight Research (Booth No. N515) is holding a one-hour seminar free to NBAA convention attendees who are interested in learning more about how to prevent loss-of-control accidents. The seminar, entitled “Loss of Control Preparation & Prevention–Danger in the Training Gap,” will be offered today and tomorrow at Palmer Room One at the Wynn Hotel. For reservations, call Flight Research at (661) 824-4136.
Among the exhibitors making their debuts at NBAA’s annual showcase is Pulsar Informatics (Booth No. C12047), which is demonstrating its new crew fatigue evaluation web application: the Aviation Fatigue Meter. According to the Philadelphia-based company, the app can be used for every kind of business aviation operation, no matter the scale or complexity, and it is described as an “easy way for people to see how any particular schedule is impacted by human fatigue factors.”
Aviation insurance underwriter USAIG is adding up to 15 percent in new discounts for business aircraft operators that incorporate certain safety programs. Through Performance Vector Plus, USAIG customers can earn “good experience returns” when they meet any of three safety standards during a policy year while also avoiding loss claims. Each standard met earns a 5-percent return, for a potential total return of 15 percent.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomed the entry into force of the Brazil-European Union (EU) aviation safety agreement. While it was enacted on August 27 following an exchange of diplomatic notes between Brazil and the European Union, the two parties held their first certification meeting under terms of the agreement just this past Thursday.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has concluded that the improper installation of a fuselage crown skin panel during the manufacturing process was the probable cause of substantial damage to a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 during a rapid decompression incident in April 2011.
Pilot unions have condemned as unsafe new flight and duty time rules approved by the European Parliament on October 9. The decision overturned an earlier 21 to 13 vote against the new rules by the Parliament’s own transport committee on September 30.