Accidents, Safety, Security and Training

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July 29, 2013 - 1:00pm

All Nippon Airways and United Airlines have found minor wiring damage on a total of three Honeywell-made emergency locator transmitters for Boeing 787s and have returned them to their manufacturer for inspection, the airlines revealed last week. The discoveries arose during inspections of the systems recommended by the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch and mandated on Thursday by the U.S.

July 25, 2013 - 2:37pm

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued an airworthiness directive (AD) calling for either the removal or inspection of the Honeywell fixed emergency locator transmitter (ELT) in Boeing 787s.

July 23, 2013 - 9:27am

Sunday’s incident involving a Sukhoi Superjet 100 in which the airplane landed with its gear retracted at Keflavik International Airport in Iceland will not affect operations of any in-service SSJ100s, the Russian manufacturer said in a statement released Monday.

July 22, 2013 - 1:25pm

So-called harmonized flight- and duty-time rules for pilots and cabin crew approved by a European Aviation Safety Agency committee on July 11 drew sharply different reactions from Europe’s pilot union coalition and airline associations on Monday. Speaking with AIN last Tuesday, European Cockpit Association president Nico Voorbach characterized the basis for the new rules as unscientific and driven wholly by the interests of the airline lobby in Europe.

July 22, 2013 - 12:30pm

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday it plans to order inspections of the wiring associated with the emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) on Boeing 787s following a recommendation from the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch that operators disable the airplanes’ Honeywell-made systems. An Advisory Directive scheduled for publication today would require inspection for proper wire routing and damaged or pinched wires, the statement said. Operators would also need to inspect the transmitter’s battery compartment for condensation or overheating.

July 18, 2013 - 12:05pm

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch recommended Thursday that operators of Boeing 787s disable the airplanes’ Honeywell-made emergency locator transmitter following last Friday’s fire aboard a parked Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner at London Heathrow Airport.

July 18, 2013 - 10:42am
ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak

The head of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) on Wednesday strongly criticized the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation of the July 6 crash landing of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER at San Francisco International Airport.

July 16, 2013 - 12:58pm

The UK Air Accidents Investigations Board (AAIB) confirmed on Tuesday that it has “invited” Honeywell, the maker of the emergency locator transmitter in the Boeing 787, to join the investigation into the fire that erupted last Friday in an Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner parked at London Heathrow

July 12, 2013 - 2:59pm

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 parked at London Heathrow Airport caught fire Friday afternoon, forcing the closure of the airport and sending Boeing shares plummeting on the New York Stock Exchange.

The airport suspended all takeoffs and landings while emergency teams sprayed the airplane with fire retardant, but reopened within an hour and a half.

July 12, 2013 - 11:43am

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration expects its new first officer qualification rule for commercial pilots that require, with certain exceptions, 1,500 hours of flight time and an air transport pilot certificate to appear in the government’s Federal Register on Monday.

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