A partnership between FlightSafety International (FSI) and Gulfstream has created two new science-based flight crew training courses. One focuses on rejected takeoffs, presenting the flight crew with as many as 18 different V1 abort scenarios requiring a decision to continue or abort the takeoff. The second course reviews the physics of energy management during the aircraft descent, helping pilots to avoid unstabilized approaches.
Raising commonality in the way different companies operate the same helicopter type will be among the subjects of the safety review launched by North Sea operators Bristow, Avincis and CHC.
The independent Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) of Alexandria, Va., now has a member on the NBAA Safety Committee and NBAA plans to appoint a member to the FSF’s Business Advisory Committee, which addresses the concerns and challenges of corporate and business aviation. Peter Stein, chairman of the Business Advisory Committee, is the foundation’s representative on the Safety Committee. NBAA official has not yet announced who will be its representative on the FSF committee.
On average, 96 percent of unstabilized approaches do not result in a go-around, according to preliminary results from a go-around study being conducted by the Flight Safety Foundation’s international and European aviation committees. “Data and anecdotal information are showing there are increased exceedances in aircraft performance and rates of violation of air traffic control instructions,” the FSF noted.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) maintains that many safety challenges apply to the operation of all modern turbine aircraft, regardless of whether the logo on the tail is an airline’s or a corporation’s. The FSF is also no stranger to business aviation, organizing as it does each year in conjunction with NBAA the Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar.
Aviation safety is once again under scrutiny in Latin America after the fatal crash of Aires Airlines’ Boeing 737-700 on San Andrés Island on August 17. The accident resulted in one fatality and more than 100 injuries among the 127 passengers and crew when the Colombian airliner crashed upon landing during severe weather.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) released an updated version of its Approach-and-Landing Accident Reduction (Alar) tool kit, complete with a new section on runway excursions. The original Alar tool kit was introduced 10 years ago, and this newest version has been enhanced with the inclusion of the results of the Foundation’s Runway Safety Initiative efforts to prevent runway excursion accidents.
Honeywell is offering a new product called “long landing”–an EGPWS software solution, in addition to its new SmartLanding. “Long landings” can result from both stable and unstabilized approaches, according to Michael Grove, Honeywell marketing director for safety and information management surveillance systems.
The verdict has been in for a long time: a stabilized approach is an essential part of a safe landing.
Honeywell last week at the Paris Air Show launched SmartLanding, a product intended to reduce runway excursions by alerting pilots if the aircraft’s approach is unstable and at risk for an unsafe landing. “Runway excursions cost the global industry about $900 million every year,” said Honeywell Aerospace vice president for airlines Mike Madsen.
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