Something positive might come from the February 12 crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 after all, if a broad FAA effort to revamp rules governing airline pilot records, fatigue and training ultimately bears fruit.
Flight Operations Quality Assurance
The verdict has been in for a long time: a stabilized approach is an essential part of a safe landing.
The verdict has been in for a long time; stabilized approaches are an essential part of a safe landing.
Baldwin Aviation of Hilton Head Island, S.C., and CAP Aviation Consulting Group of Daytona Beach, Fla., have combined products to bring aircraft operators an unusual, perhaps even unique, Web-based program that provides safety management with flight-data monitoring. The offering, called “Power of Plus,” is being shown here at Heli-Expo for the first time, at Baldwin Aviation’s booth (No. 2713).
Because it has not completed guidelines for a Safety Management System (SMS) for U.S. operators, the FAA filed a “difference” with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) early last month over the Jan. 1, 2009 deadline for having SMS requirements.
Dallas-based Sagem Avionics (Booth No. 4287) announced it has received a supplemental type certificate for installation of its ICDS glass-cockpit avionics suite in the Commander 690 turboprop. According to the company, the multifunction display suite is particularly user friendly and considerably reduces the pilot’s workload and increases situational awareness and safety.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) says it could have as many as 75 business jets in its corporate flight-operation quality assurance (C-FOQA) program by the end of next year, more than doubling the number of aircraft covered today. C-FOQA typically involves routine analysis of data from day-to-day flight operations to uncover safety situations and practices that might require corrective action.
In what it called a major step toward reaching its “Safer Skies” goal of cutting the commercial aviation accident rate by 80 percent by 2007, the FAA has issued a final rule that protects the data collected under flight operational quality assurance (FOQA) programs from FAA enforcement actions, except in criminal or deliberate cases.
Knowing what factors contribute to accidents permits operational changes to be made to reduce future risk, according to the UK Civil Aviation Authority, which is encouraging the use of flight-data monitoring (FDM) to make safety-management systems “more effective than traditional means of audit or inspection.” CAA safety regulator James Lyons said, “Repeatable and independent” FDM analysis allows active monitoring and auditing to improve regul
The FAA’s David Downey recommends that all night helicopter operations be flown by pilots wearing night-vision goggles (NVGs). “NVGs should be the norm, not the exception,” said Downey, manager of the FAA’s rotorcraft directorate in Fort Worth, Texas. Thus far, 500 helicopters have been modified for NVG operations, including pilot equipment and internal lighting, and the trend continues to grow, he said.