Why some engines fail in flight is the subject of a new NASA research program. “There is a question regarding the effect that moisture has on newer-technology engines.
Richard Bach, the well-known pilot and author of numerous books, articles and short stories about aviation (he’s probably most widely known for his book Jonathan Livingston Seagull), once wrote a story about a mythical flight school somewhere in the western U.S. and far away from civilization.
French air accident investigators have highlighted gaps in flight crew training and management in the latest report into the June 2009 crash of an Air France Airbus A330-200 on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
There’s no better way to start off an EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., with a little flying out of the world’s busiest airport (during the week-long show, at least). Last year, the Gobosh folks were kind enough to invite me to fly the Gobosh 700A Light Sport Aircraft (LSA). This year, Remos Aircraft is demonstrating its newest LSA, the GX NXT, a high-wing composite two-seater powered by a 100-hp Rotax 912ULS.
When Robert Barnes, president of the International Association of Flight Training Providers, read the initial BEA report on the crash of Air France Flight 447 the story reminded him of the aft-stick stalls he once practiced as an Air Force flight instructor.
When the French BEA released a partial cockpit voice recorder (CVR) transcript of the Air France Flight 447 accident in late May, pundits wasted no time unleashing pointed analysis implicating the A330’s crew. The Airbus crashed into the South Atlantic, killing all 228 people aboard. Indeed, the edited details of the BEA seemed to offer few other possibilities.
The innate intelligence of fly-by-wire (FBW) flight controls makes them a natural for reducing the relatively high pilot workload that can come with rotary wings.
A proposed FAA Airworthiness Directive targets the Embraer Phenom 100’s angle-of-attack (AOA) system. The FAA believes the accumulation of moisture between the AOA vane base assembly and the stationary ring of the sensor’s body can freeze under certain conditions.
United Airlines says it expects “minimal disruption” today resulting from its grounding of its 96 Boeing 757s after a check of maintenance records showed that the airline did not fully comply with a 2004 FAA Airworthiness Directive. A United spokesman told AIN today that the groundings resulted in about 15 flight cancellations, mainly last night.
The technology in Embraer’s newest business jet series, the Legacy 450 and 500, enables detailed exploration and development to take place much further ahead of first flight, according to Eduardo Camelier, chief test pilot for the Brazilian manufacturer. “We are flying this airplane before first flight a lot more than we did with the E170,” he said.