A New Jersey man was sentenced last month to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to shining a handheld laser, first into the cockpit of a Citation landing at Teterboro Airport and again later at a helicopter that was searching for the source of the first incident. Under the Patriot Act, 39-year-old David Banach could have received a 20-year jail term.
Accidents, Safety, Security and Training
News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports; information on safety procedures and concerns; crew, passenger, aircraft and airport security issues; and news about simulators and training procedures.
Concerned about the growing number of Cessna 208 Caravan icing accidents, aviation authorities in the U.S. and Canada have issued a bevy of new recommendations, airworthiness directives and restrictions. Caravans continue to be plagued by icing accidents–more than 34 to date– and the number of lawsuits against the manufacturer is mounting.
A proposed AD is aimed at owners of the Sandel ST3400 terrain awareness and warning system/radio magnetic indicator (TAWS/RMI). The action was prompted by a report of in-flight bearing anomaly caused by input signal fault and software error. The FAA wants owners of ST3400s to install new software and placard the system until the upgrade is installed. Comments on the proposed AD are due by April 24.
Sino Swearingen has selected Global Jet Services as the maintenance training provider for its new business jet, the SJ30-2. In the coming months the Simsbury, Conn.-based firm will develop an eight-day basic course available at the OEM’s San Antonio headquarters, as well as on site at customer locations. The SJ30-2 was certified last October, but deliveries have yet to start.
Montreal-based CAE will build the first full-flight simulator for the new ARJ21 regional jet being developed by China’s AVIC I Commercial Aircraft Co. The first aircraft to be designed and built entirely in China, the 90-seat ARJ21 regional jet is expected to enter service in China in 2009 and later elsewhere.
The FAA last month issued AD 2006-06-06, the result of further icing accidents and incidents involving the Cessna Caravan, flight manual revisions that contain erroneous data and the outcome of recent flight tests. The directive supersedes AD 2005-07-01, issued in March last year. The FAA said that flight manual revisions issued on Dec.
Applied Biosystems, a Warrington, UK, subsidiary of Applera of Norwalk, Conn., is marketing an avian influenza test kit in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The company claims the kit can detect the presence of the bird flu in a “matter of hours, not days.”
Falcon 900EX N973M sustained minor damage during a landing overrun at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on March 3. According to the NTSB, due to the wind (290 degrees at 10 knots), the pilots added 10 knots to their landing approach speed of 120 knots. Just before touchdown on Runway 24, the control tower reported the wind from 290 degrees at 15 knots, gusting to 20 knots.
A new FAA program is intended to improve the use of comprehensible English as the international language of aviation and support new English language proficiency standards that are scheduled to go into effect in two years. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member states must “adopt, and controllers and aircrews must conform to and achieve, new English language proficiency standards” by March 2008.
In FY 2005, there were 327 runway incursions, of which 29 were serious Category A and B incidents, according to the FAA’s regional administrator for the Western Pacific region. Testifying before Congress last month, Bill Withycombe said that in terms of error types, there were 169 pilot deviations, 105 ATC operational deviations and 53 vehicle/pedestrian deviations.
- NBAA Maintenance Committee Awards Tracs Scholarships
- Bombardier Expands Training Agreement with FlightPath International
- Pacific-China Aero And CAE Sign Training Agreement
- Pacific-China Aero Technology Selects CAE for Pilot Training
- 中国公务机飞行员紧缺，培训机构瞄准市场缺口 | CAE and FlightSafety Seize Opportunity In China