The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch recommended Thursday that operators of Boeing 787s disable the airplanes’ Honeywell-made emergency locator transmitter following last Friday’s fire aboard a parked Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner at London Heathrow Airport.
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) labeled the NTSB “reckless” last week for releasing operational details about the Asiana Airlines 214 accident in San Francisco on July 6. The Board has held nearly daily news conferences since the accident in which chairman Deborah Hersman has spoken about its initial listen to the cockpit voice recorder and other devices.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has informed India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that it will conduct an independent safety audit of air transport oversight on the subcontinent in August. India has asked for an extension of the date.
The notice follows a report published in March by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) that identified significant safety concerns overlooked by India while overseeing its airlines (air operators, charters and general aviation).
After investigating three accidents in which airplanes inadvertently collided with meteorological evaluation towers (METs), resulting in four fatalities, the NTSB has recommended that the FAA require that all METs be registered, marked and lighted where feasible.
METs are temporary structures used to measure wind speed and direction during the development of wind energy generator facilities. They can be erected quickly and, depending on their location, without notice to the local aviation community.
At a UN-sponsored five-day aviation safety conference held in Kathmandu in May a number of safety priorities for flying in Nepal were identified. The conference was organized by the UN World Food Program’s aviation unit at the request of the Nepalese civil aviation authority.
The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) program, a set of best practice standards for business aircraft operators developed in 2002, has surpassed 700 registered operators, International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) director general Kurt Edwards announced yesterday. This group of operators includes both noncommercial operators of business aircraft and air charter companies.
Two $2,100 American Eurocopter scholarship winners will attend a comprehensive training program aimed at improving the safety of air medical transport. Josh Weiland, safety officer for Sanford AirMed Enterprise, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Peter Carros, safety manager for Geisinger Health Systems in Danville, Pa., will attend the Safety Management Training Academy conducted annually by the Association of Air Medical Services.
The FAA plans changes to some procedures for flights into three Colorado airports for the 2013-2014 Christmas holiday season, according to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). Specifically, the FAA will discontinue use of its air-traffic slot-reservation program for Aspen Airport (ASE), Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) and Garfield County “Rifle” (RIL) airports during this year’s November-through-January holiday season.
The FAA plans to manage traffic volume with other tools, including in-trail spacing and ground delay programs.
“A new informal agreement” by European transport ministers has “watered down” a proposal by the European Commission for better prevention of aviation incidents and accidents, according to a June 10 statement issued by the European Cockpit Association (ECA). The pilot professional association said key issues altered include provisions for non-punitive mandatory and voluntary reporting, as well as the obligations of EU member states to ensure adequate safety oversight.
Last month the Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) published its report of a Dec. 24, 2011, helicopter rescue that went wrong after the crew attempted to improvise in a mission to save a man where no other options appeared suitable.