In a new bid to reduce runway excursions, Eurocontrol published an action plan designed to help chip away at the annual rate of incidents, which ICAO says has not changed in 20 years. The plan is based on input from nearly every potential stakeholder, including airport operators, air navigation service providers, aircraft operators, aircraft manufacturers, professional associations and government safety authorities. Data was also gathered from more than 1,000 accident and incident reports from around the world.
The FAA has proposed two civil penalties totaling $633,000 against Trans States Airlines. The carrier is alleged to have operated two Embraer ERJ145 regional jets on 3,660 passenger flights while the aircraft were out of compliance with FARs.
The wreckage of a DHC-6 Twin Otter that went missing on a trip between the South Pole and an Italian research base in Terra Nova Bay on January 23 has been found by New Zealand air rescue helicopters. Weather prevented rescue efforts on January 23, but the aircraft’s strong ELT signal made finding it easier once the weather cleared. The aircraft, operated by Kenn Borek Air, went down in a mountainous region of the Queen Alexandra Range, where peaks rise to 12,800 feet. The three crewmembers aboard are reported to have perished in the accident.
Dassault has awarded its two training partners, CAE and FlightSafety International, certificates demonstrating full compliance with requirements of the new Falcon training policy manual. The manual is intended to ensure that Falcon operators around the world are trained to the same quality standard and benefit equally from the most up-to-date technical information on each aircraft they operate. The certificates cover training of pilots, maintenance personnel and cabin crew.
It’s difficult for any pilot to deny a stunt endangered people on the ground when the entire event is captured on video and broadcast around the world by ABC News. In this case, Jason Newburg of Viper Airshows now finds himself the subject of an FAA investigation into his flight last week within inches of the photographer on the runway at Lancaster Airport (LNC) southeast of Dallas.
NBAA recently announced a call for nominations for its annual flying safety awards. This year NBAA has added a new category to recognize the pilots of smaller aircraft because it “believes that safety accomplishments in all forms should be recognized.” With that in mind, NBAA will honor a private pilot’s outstanding safety achievement with the Private Pilot Safety Award. The former Pilot Safety Award has been renamed the ATP or Commercial Pilot Safety Award.
The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) is accepting proposals for topics that could be eligible for research funding in FY2013. The ACRP undertakes research in a variety of airport-related areas, including operations, design, construction, engineering, legal, maintenance, human resources, administration, policy, planning, environment, safety and security. The closing date for consideration of problem statements for FY2014 submissions is March 15.
Since October last year there have been 132 incidents involving battery overheats or fires aboard aircraft, according to the FAA. Until the recent series of Boeing 787 incidents, most fires occurred in cargo containers or personal electronic devices carried in the cabin.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch has begun its work to discover the causes of an accident in which an AgustaWestland AW109 Power helicopter crashed in central London on January 16, killing its pilot and the driver of a car. But British Prime Minister David Cameron has already ordered a wider review of the regulation of helicopter flights over the UK capital in the wake of the incident, in which the aircraft crashed just before 8 a.m.
The International Helicopter Safety Team’s continuing goal is to reduce the civil helicopter accident rate by 80 percent by 2016 and avoid another near-record week like it experienced in October 2012 when eight lives were lost in four separate accidents in just eight days.
The IHST believes a number of pilot behavior patterns cause the vast majority of accidents, including the need by some aviators to prove they have “the right stuff” to fly in all situations.