Eyewitness Animations creates video representations of aircraft accidents based on recovered data. The goal is to present something close to what an eyewitness would have seen at the time. Aircraft accident animations offer investigators a chance to understand the dynamics of an accident or incident and determine whether a person or a product failed somewhere along the way. Company president Jack Suchocki, a former Eastern Airlines pilot, coined the term “forensic animation” to explain what his company does.
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) says it is slowly making progress toward its goal of reducing the number of helicopter accidents. Since 2006, when the IHST cooperative effort was formed, the average number of annual civil helicopter accidents worldwide has been 515, with the average trending downward at an annual rate of about 2 percent. The data collected by the IHST shows that from 1997 thru 2005, the average number of annual civil helicopter accidents worldwide was 570 and was trending upward at an annual rate of 2.5 percent.
A Fokker F100 charter flight in Western Australia experienced a hard landing on Oct. 12, 2012 after encountering a dry microburst-induced wind shear. No one was injured; however, the aircraft was substantially damaged, including wrinkled skin in the forward and rear portions of the airframe and the deformation of several structural beams. The flight departed Perth Airport headed north to Nifty aerodrome, with the expectation of a few thunderstorms along the way.
The FAA should allow non-military drones access to fly in rural areas now, rather than wait for the agency to complete its broader integration into civil airspace following the rulemaking process, according to the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Drones are too valuable to be kept on the ground and the agency is moving too slowly in creating applicable safety regulations, said AUVSI president Michael Toscano.
The NTSB is investigating the February 3 crash of a Twin Commander 690 that narrowly missed hitting the YMCA building in Bellevue, Tenn., 15 miles southwest of Nashville. The aircraft was reportedly making its second attempt to land at nearby John Tune Airport. Four people died in the accident.
Airport authorities in Birmingham, Ala., were in the process of reopening the airport’s longer Runway 24 on August 14, at the time a UPS Airbus A300 crashed while attempting to land on Runway 18. A FedEx jet, in fact, landed on Runway 24 just a few minutes after the UPS accident. The NTSB will hold a hearing on the accident February 20 in Washington.
The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is considering a more streamlined version of its international standards for business aviation certification (IS-BAO) program. The goal is to encourage smaller flight departments to take part in the audits, which will bring them into compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards and best practices.
Embry-Riddle’s campuses at Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz. will hold a variety of aviation-focused short courses in a traditional face-to-face classroom environment beginning in April. Two three-day workshops at the Daytona Beach Campus will cover aviation safety management systems and unmanned aircraft systems.
The Australian Airports Association has called for a full review of civil aviation safety authority (CASA) rules governing Australian airports. The group said the industry has identified a number of serious issues with the (current) manual of standards (MOS) Part 139, including the need to update the manual to reflect the latest developments in aircraft technology and airport operations.
The stellar reputation of Martin-Baker (M-B) for saving lives has been tarnished by the inquest into the death of a UK Royal Air Force Red Arrows pilot. Flt Lt Sean Cunningham was killed on Nov. 8, 2011 when the MB Mk 10B ejection seat in his BAe Hawk T.1 jet trainer accidentally fired on the ground, and his parachute failed to open. The coroner who officiated at the three-week inquest returned a ‘narrative’ verdict that cleared the pilot of blame but was critical of M-B and the RAF.