The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released its initial investigation into the Sept. 28, 2012, ATC error that occurred 25 miles south-southwest of Williamtown, New South Wales. At 0801 EST an Airservices air traffic controller at the Brisbane ATC complex in Queensland assumed responsibility for airspace sectors extending from 45 nm north of Sydney to near Coffs Harbor in New South Wales, a distance of about 300 nm.
The National Transportation Safety Board’s chairman Deborah Hersman and her fellow board members released the 2013 Most Wanted List of safety recommendations November 14 because, according to Hersman, “Transportation will be a big topic in the 113th Congress…We want to highlight our priorities and help assure safety has a seat at the table.” This year’s list includes an increased focus on improving airport surface safety, better detection of fires in all transportation modes and a continued look at the stubbornly st
The European Aviation Safety Agency gave its first-ever approval to an electronic flight bag (EFB) with charting on November 15 when it said yes to Jeppesen’s Flight Deck Pro and Mobile TC Pro apps for iPad and iOS. The EASA approval tumbles a significant hurdle for the Boeing Flight Services unit to gain the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approval needed to sell the new technology to European airlines. The new EFBs can be used in all phases of flight.
The command pilot of an IrAero AN-24 was sentenced to essentially 18 months of house arrest in a Russian court for what it found was bad judgment that led to the crash of his aircraft Aug. 8, 2011, according to a story in the Moscow Times. The aircraft ran off the runway, injuring 12 people and substantially damaging the aircraft, during an approach in poor weather to the Blagoveshchensk Airport (UHBB) in the Amur region of Russia. It is unclear why the pilot ignored alerts from the aircraft’s ground proximity warning system before the accident.
Decelerating growth at Virgin America has led the airline to reconsider its fleet-expansion strategy and move to cut the number of airplanes it plans to add over the rest of the decade. Under a revised agreement reached with Airbus, Virgin America’s order for current-generation A320s will shrink from 30 airplanes to 10, all scheduled for delivery in 2015 and 2016, the airline announced Friday.
Bahraini flag carrier Gulf Air last week signaled a major shift in its fleet plans, affecting orders with both Boeing and Airbus. The airline has already signed so-called amendment agreements with the manufacturers “to reduce long-term liability and meet future strategic needs.”
Gulf Air said negotiations with the airframers date back to last year, as high fuel prices, a general slump in air traffic and so-called regional developments forced the airline to suspend service to a number of destinations in a bid to preserve its ongoing viability.
Airbus and its air traffic management subsidiaries, together with systems integration company EADS Cassidian, said they will participate as industry partners in seven European flight trials set to begin early next year through 2014 under the direction of the Single European Sky ATM Joint Undertaking (Sesar JU).
New European Part FCL flight crew licensing standards defining EC regulations for pilots’ licenses have sent ripples through the training industry, but some companies see an opportunity in the resulting need to “harmonize” the offerings at their various facilities throughout the continent.
Bombardier and China’s Comac announced last week at Airshow China in Zhuhai the successful conclusion of the first phase of their collaboration covering program commonalities between the Canadian company’s new CSeries airliner and the Comac C919 narrowbody.
Recently I was fortunate to experience something that is probably fairly ordinary for most corporate pilots, initial type rating training at a simulator training center. I had the opportunity to complete a Citation V type rating initial course at FlightSafety International’s Long Beach, Calif., learning center. And for a pilot who hasn’t spend much time in a two-pilot cockpit environment nor flying a jet, the experience was tremendously beneficial, illuminating and hugely enjoyable.