On Wednesday, NASA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will demonstrate a new radar device capable of detecting human heartbeats trapped behind as much as 20 feet of solid concrete rubble. The device, called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (Finder), will be shown at the Virginia Task Force 1 Training Facility at 9850 Furnace Road (use 9900 for GPS) in Lorton, Va. beginning at 10:30 a.m. on September 25. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., developed Finder in collaboration with the DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate.
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will offer a webinar on fatigue this Wednesday, September 25, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST. Called “Understand How Fatigue Can Affect Your Department’s Performance and Safety,” the session will provide background on the science behind fatigue risk management systems (FRMS) and fatigue modeling, as well as offer a streamlined version of FRMS that fits the business aviation market. The webinar is free to NBAA members.
A five-month-old boy was killed in an accident at Alicante Airport (LEAL) in southeast Spain after his mother left him alone on a baggage conveyor belt that she apparently believed to be inactive at the time. An initial review of airport security-camera footage suggested the conveyor was activated by the weight of the baby being placed upon it.
As Jet Aviation Basel prepares to perform private Boeing 787 completions, the company sent a team of maintenance technicians from the completions center to receive EASA Part 66 B1/B2 type training on the all-composite jetliner at Boeing’s facilities in Seattle. Jet Aviation engineers have already completed an advanced 787 structural repairs training course provided by Boeing.
The first Boeing 787-9 took off on its maiden mission from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, Tuesday at 11:02 a.m. local time. Plans called for the latest Dreamliner variant to land at Seattle’s Boeing Field some time between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Eurocopter has issued another emergency Service Bulletin and the EASA has published another emergency Airworthiness Directive for the EC225 and AS332L2 Super Pumas, this time centering on a life-raft housing. During an EC225 delivery flight, a sponson life-raft ejectable cowling was lost. It was caused by the incorrect positioning of a locking system during cowling installation. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to the in-flight hazardous inflation of the life raft, according to the EASA.
The International Civil Aviation Organization’s 2013 annual safety report on commercial aviation concludes that although Africa accounts for only 5 percent of accidents recorded last year, that region’s accidents account for 45 percent of the fatalities, more than any other area ICAO reviewed.
In 2012, five accidents in Africa claimed 167 lives. In Asia, also a focal point for safety concerns, 23 accidents claimed 161 lives.
Bombardier’s annual Safety Standdown, organized by the manufacturer’s business aviation flight operations team, begins in Wichita on September 30. The standdown is designed to foster a safety culture through better communication. Military aviation uses the standdown concept–essentially grounding a particular squadron or fleet–when a significant high-risk safety issue emerges.
“Behavioral drift” poses the single greatest risk to aviation professionalism and safety, according to Bill Grimes, CitationAir vice president for safety. During an NBAA podcast, Grimes said that while solid adherence to company and industry procedures is a core element of professionalism, outside influences can cause pilots to drift. “As the norms of an organization are eroded, they’re replaced by work-arounds that eventually set new standards,” he said. “People start cutting corners.
A Canadian Coast Guard MBB (Eurocopter) Bo-105 on a research support flight crashed into the Arctic Sea on September 10, killing all three people aboard. The helicopter was operating from the icebreaker Amundsen when it went down in the M’Clure Strait off the coast of Banks Island in the Western Arctic.