Argus added an aviation fatigue meter, a “proprietary algorithm and system that translates raw user data into actionable fatigue information” developed by Pulsar Informatics, into its Prism Armor safety management system (SMS) software. Argus said that users will be able to monitor and analyze crew fatigue more accurately and make more informed decisions.
In her last public talk as National Transportation Safety Board chairman on April 21, Deborah Hersman made a final pitch at the National Press Club for child safety restraints in commercial aircraft. The NTSB has been trying to convince the FAA to mandate the equipment for several decades, and Hersman used the 1979 crash of United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City, Iowa, to make her point. Although the accident claimed 111 lives, another 185 people on board survived. A number of small children were among the passengers that day.
The FAA is seeking comments on how protected airspace around airports is designed to allow for the safety of an airliner when it experiences an engine failure after liftoff. The agency currently evaluates certain airport clear zones assuming both engines are operating. The proposal wants to consider a common departure path for all aircraft in the event of a power failure. Comments are due by June 24, 2014.
The European Parliament has voted to extend the mission of the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) Joint Undertaking (SJU) by eight years, until 2024. The organization expects the European Union Council of Ministers, the second chamber of the EU legislature, will adopt the final act extending its life this summer.
Bombardier’s Safety Standdown program this year will focus on “attention control,” more commonly known as cockpit distractions. “Distraction is an increasingly significant risk to aviation safety that permeates every aspect of aircraft operation,” event organizers said. Safety Standdown and its network of experts will address this issue at the seminars in São Paulo, Brazil, on August 11 and in Wichita from October 6 to 9, as well as online. There is no charge to attend Safety Standdown seminars, but seating is limited and people who want to attend must register in advance.
More than 100 Air China pilots have signed an open letter to management complaining of unequal treatment between homegrown flight crew and their expatriate counterparts, according to Chinese state-controlled media. The letter, now circulating on the Internet, alleges that foreign pilots enjoy more desirable schedules and routes as well as higher pay, a circumstance attributed to the desperation of airlines in rapidly expanding air transport markets to fill their cockpits with experienced crewmembers.
A nonprofit search-and-rescue organization has asked a federal court to review an FAA order that it stop using a model aircraft to assist in its search efforts. Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search & Recovery, based in Dickinson, Texas, filed a petition for review of the order in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on April 21.
The FAA said yesterday that it will delay by one year the April 22, 2014, compliance deadline to implement pilot training and qualification, airspace and other operational provisions in the new helicopter safety rule.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and NBAA released the 2014 version of their duty/rest guidelines for business aviation at last week’s FSF Business Aviation Safety Seminar (BASS) in San Diego. The new guidelines update the original 1997 document and were drawn up “principally to consider scientific advances [in sleep research] in the intervening 17 years and to identify how those advances should influence today’s recommended practices for duty and rest scheduling.”
The FAA announced on Tuesday that the ADS-B network in the U.S. has been completed, with all 634 ground stations now online. “This upgrade is an important step in laying the foundation for the NextGen system, which provides air traffic controllers a much more precise view of the airspace, gives pilots much more awareness and information, and as a result strengthens the safety and efficiency of our system,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This state-of-the-art satellite system is already providing controllers with visibility in places not previously covered by radar.”