Autopilot

October 3, 2013 - 5:05am

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) hosted its air medical safety summit last month in Washington, D.C. Topics covered at the event included enhancing professionalism, data collection, coordinated communications, technology and developing a low-altitude infrastructure that supports the helicopter EMS community.

July 23, 2013 - 9:27am

Sunday’s incident involving a Sukhoi Superjet 100 in which the airplane landed with its gear retracted at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland will not affect operations of any in-service SSJ100s, the Russian manufacturer said in a statement released Monday.

June 17, 2013 - 1:30pm

The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) released a report in early June detailing how a crew approaching Scotland’s Glasgow Airport (EGPF) flew through an assigned altitude by inadvertently activating the “go-around” button on a Beechcraft King Air 200 just as the autopilot was about to capture a preset altitude. The ensuing confusion during the nighttime IMC incident was compounded by the specific cockpit setup of the King Air they were flying, which was different from the version they normally operated.

June 17, 2013 - 1:00pm

A student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is working on a Capstone project to complete his master’s degree. Specifically, Mitchell Serber’s research looks at precursors to loss of control in flight (LOC-I). To take part in his 10- to 15-minute survey, pilots must currently be qualified on a U.S. Part 121/125 carrier’s multi-engine turbine-powered aircraft. The aircraft must also be autopilot equipped.

June 3, 2013 - 12:30pm

A copilot in training and the flying pilot aboard a Bombardier Challenger are being blamed in a report by Finnish safety investigators for the uncontrolled pitch oscillations the aircraft encountered shortly after takeoff on a familiarization flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg on Dec. 23, 2010. The Finnish-registered aircraft carried three passengers and three crewmembers. Two passengers were injured and the cabin interior sustained an uncategorized level of damage. The aircraft returned to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, where the injured were transported to a local hospital.

June 3, 2013 - 3:35am

The FAA issued a supplemental type certificate (STC) to Avidyne covering installation of the company’s DFC90 autopilot in 25 Beechcraft Bonanza models. The STC requires interfacing with the Aspen Avionics EVD1000 Evolution Pro PFD. The DFC90 autopilot is a plug-and-play replacement of the S-Tec 55X autopilot and uses the 55X’s servos. The DFC90 can also replace S-Tec 30/50/60-2/65-series autopilots in the 25 Bonanza models covered by this STC.

June 2, 2013 - 5:00am

Contrary to the hopes of most French helicopter EMS operators, French doctors have issued a motion calling for the soon-to-be-mandatory second flight crewmember to be a trained paramedic. New rules at the European level will mandate such a second crewmember, for some operations, beginning in October next year.

May 28, 2013 - 3:45pm

The Sikorsky S-76D medium-twin helicopter is continuing its envelope expansion and is approaching the first customer delivery. The initial certification received in October was just a baseline, suitable for most operators and most conditions, Sikorsky director of commercial programs Dan Hunter told AIN.

May 20, 2013 - 2:37pm

Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee’s preliminary report on the April 13 Lion Air accident in Bali appears to leave little doubt that pilot error was the primary cause, specifically a failure by the crew to follow standard instrument approach procedures.

May 4, 2013 - 4:05am

Century Flight Systems has ramped up autopilot certification activities and recently received STCs for Century 4000 installations in most Piper Cherokees and Saratogas. The company also received STCs for most Cessna 182s as well as the 421B and 421C twins. Prices for the C4000 start at $19,995.

 
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