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.

June 16, 2014 - 12:45pm

Nearly 200 people attended the first day of a five-day aviation safety conference last Wednesday in Nepal focused on reducing aviation risks in that country. Nepal’s airlines are currently banned from operating in European Union airspace because of safety concerns. The conference was jointly organized by the United Nations’ World Food Program Aviation Safety unit, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and Airlines Operators Association of Nepal.

June 16, 2014 - 12:40pm

Richard Rockefeller, the grandson of oil industry leader John D. Rockefeller, died last Friday morning when the Piper Meridian single-engine turboprop he was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff from New York’s Westchester County (HPN) Airport. Weather at the time was reported as low clouds with drizzle. The pilot did not communicate with ATC before the crash.

June 12, 2014 - 2:40pm

The pilot of a Papillon Airways air-tour Airbus AS350B3 was killed May 18 at a helistop at the bottom of the Grand Canyon after exiting the helicopter for a fluid check while leaving the engine running and the blades turning, according to an NTSB preliminary report issued on Tuesday. Witnesses said the empty helicopter then became airborne, hit the ground and rolled over. Its rotor blades struck and killed the pilot.

June 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

Wichita-based EagleMed enlisted Baldwin Safety & Compliance as an additional resource for the critical care aeromedical transport company’s safety management system (SMS) needs. EagleMed president Larry Bugg said Baldwin’s added services will bolster EagleMed’s “ongoing efforts” to enhance its safety management system. “Baldwin’s comprehensive set of safety management tools will be an added benefit to the company and our patients as we progress toward level three of the FAA’s SMS program,” Bugg said.

June 10, 2014 - 6:00pm

Wichita-based EagleMed enlisted Baldwin Safety & Compliance as an additional resource for the critical care aeromedical transport company’s safety management system (SMS) needs. EagleMed president Larry Bugg said Baldwin’s added services will bolster EagleMed’s “ongoing efforts” to enhance its safety management system. “Baldwin’s comprehensive set of safety management tools will be an added benefit to the company and our patients as we progress toward level three of the FAA’s SMS program,” Bugg said.

June 9, 2014 - 12:55pm

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are closely analyzing the contents of cockpit voice and flight data recorders recovered intact from the wreckage of the Gulfstream IV that crashed May 31 on takeoff from Bedford-Hanscom Field (BED) in Massachusetts. The accident killed all four passengers and three crew on board.

June 9, 2014 - 12:50pm

The Houston Metroplex project took a step forward toward full NextGen usage on May 29 with the implementation of a number of new performance-based navigation procedures (PBN). The local controlling body, Houston Center, eventually plans to bring 60 new procedures online for George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston Hobby and a number of satellite airports in the area.

June 9, 2014 - 12:45pm

The European Operators Flight Data Monitoring Working Group B–part of the European commercial aviation safety team (ECast)–last week released its study into the precursors of runway excursions. The objectives of the working study were to create best practices for addressing runway excursion problems, as well as to provide guidelines for implementing flight data monitoring (FDM) software tools to identify relevant data.

June 9, 2014 - 12:40pm

The FAA’s updated Advisory Circular AC 120-61B provides information to help air carriers augment–but not alter or amend–existing programs to inform crew members about radiation exposure. The AC explains the differences between the natural sources of radiation in the atmosphere as well as the average annual exposure a human experiences from those sources.

June 9, 2014 - 12:35pm

The FAA announced on June 2 that seven aerial photo and video production companies are seeking regulatory exemptions that would allow the film and television industry to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for the first time. If the requests, which are supported by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), are granted, there could be useful economic benefits as the agency begins to address the demand for commercial UAS operations and how to balance them with safety concerns.

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