After an exhaustive two-week search, local salvage divers recovered the flight-data and cockpit voice recorders from the Lao Airlines ATR 72-600 that crashed into the Mekong River in Laos on October 16. Divers initially lost the signal of the recorders on October 27 after the sonar and acoustical locating equipment provided by France’s Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA) ceased working due to excess usage in the turbid waters of the Mekong.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will begin implementing new regulations next year for third country operators (TCOs) that wish to fly to Europe. The new regulations will provide a single, unified code for all operators flying to the 28 European Union states, EU overseas territories and the four EFTA (European Free Trade Association) states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). The unified rules will cover all holders of AOCs (air operator certificates), which includes business aviation charter companies as well as airlines.
I got to thinking about voluntary versus mandatory safety reporting programs after reading an article in a British newspaper about two UK pilots who allegedly fell asleep in the cockpit of an Airbus A330 shortly after takeoff. What caught my attention was the statement from the UK Civil Aviation Authority that enforcement action against the pilots is unlikely.
Going, Going, Gone: Vanishing Americana, one of my favorite books, offers compelling evidence of how fast our world is being transformed. On page after page, we see products, services, vocations and styles that once seemed integral to daily life but have nearly or completely disappeared. Remember milkmen? Carbon paper? Phone booths? Drive-in movies? Vinyl records? All gone or mostly gone.
American Airlines and US Airways announced they expect to complete their merger on December 9 following Wednesday’s approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York of a lawsuit settlement reached between the airlines and the U.S. Justice Department.
The Tianjin Airport Economic Area has signed a letter of agreement with Bombardier Aerospace to expand the Canadian manufacturer’s aircraft maintenance services in Mainland China. The agreement is a first step toward the creation of a joint venture for a maintenance facility slated to open in 2016.
Lufthansa Technik Middle East Services (LTMES) is expanding its activities in the Middle Eastern aviation market. LTMES bundles the contract partners for sales, logistics, Lufthansa Technical Training and the component business and makes them available in Dubai, said LTMES managing director Ziad al Hazmi.
Effective December 1, most general aviation flights in China will enjoy a significantly simpler planning process, with military approval for such civil flights no longer required. The long awaited alleviation of the “regulations on the approval and management of general aviation flight mission” was announced on November 18 by the People’s Liberation Army general staff department and the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report on the November 10 crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B on approach to Runway 18L at Tulsa, Okla., quotes a witness as saying that the turboprop’s left propeller did not appear to be turning moments before the crash. The accident killed Perry Inhofe, the only person aboard the aircraft.
Dr. Tony Kern, CEO of Convergent Performance, in a recent presentation called The Zoology of Safety correlated how humans think about safety compared to members of the animal kingdom. “There are many lessons we can learn from nature,” Kern began. “Awareness plus adaptation equals survival.”