A preliminary report into a February 20 elevator disconnect incident on a Virgin Australia ATR 72 showed that maintenance technicians at Sydney Airport initially misdiagnosed the extent of the damage that occurred during that February arrival. The twin turboprop was later cleared to re-enter service and flew 13 more trips before severe damage to the tail was discovered in the area where the horizontal and vertical stabilizers were joined.
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.
As of June 26 this year, there were 3,423 wide-area augmentation system (Waas) localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approach procedures serving 1,686 U.S. airports. There are also 552 localizer performance (LP) approach procedures in the U.S. serving 402 airports. A complete list of all LPVs and LP approaches is published on the FAA website.
The European Commission is conducting a user survey of an aviation safety initiative focused on possibly revising EC regulation 216/2008 related to common civil aviation rules and the role of the European Aviation Safety Agency. This online survey asks for informed opinions and suggestions to help identify strengths and weaknesses in the current EU aviation safety system, as well as possibilities for improving safety, competitiveness, environmental protection and the quality of air services.
The FAA used International Civil Aviation Organization standards during a recent inspection to determine that Serbia’s aviation safety rating should be upgraded to Category 1 from Category 2. Serbia’s safety rating had been at Category 2 since 2006, indicating the country either lacked laws or regulations to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or that its civil aviation authority was deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record-keeping or inspection procedures.
Infinity Support Services (ISS) has announced plans to install a level-D flight simulator for the Sikorsky S-92 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. FlightSafety International will design, manufacture and support the training device. For the ISS Academy, FlightSafety will also supply training programs and supporting documents. FlightSafety will operate the S-92 simulator for two years and provide training for ISS simulator technicians. The simulator is expected to enter service by year-end and will be the first S-92 simulator installed in the Middle East.
CitationJet training company ProFlight added a tool to its online distance learning system, an annunciator trainer that will help new pilots breeze through the cockpit preflight and save hours of simulator time.
Ontario’s Ornge air ambulance system remains under government scrutiny. In testimony before the Provincial Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee March 6, the then-head of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Chris Lewis, said its anti-rackets branch is expanding its investigation to include interviewing witnesses in the U.S. and Italy and seeking documents from those jurisdictions.
Web Manuals, a Swedish company that offers digital operational manual creation, publication, distribution and maintenance services, is set to expand its sphere of operations and open a U.S. office in Boston later this year. The Malmö-based firm streamlines the task of maintaining and sharing up-to-date company operational or maintenance manuals, which are becoming ever more crucial in the current safety management system climate.
Global Aerospace is again teaming with Calspan to offer subsidized upset recovery training for its insurance clients. This time, the Calspan Advanced Maneuvering & Upset Recovery Training (AM-URT) courses are scheduled for the weeks of September 8 and 15 in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
The IMC Club and the EAA today announced the inauguration of a new skill-building center at AirVenture 2014, which will be held July 28 to August 3 in Oshkosh, Wis. The IFR Proficiency Center at the annual Oshkosh show will be a hub for instrument pilots that features technical talks by noted experts each day of the show, IMC Club chapter meetings and eight Redbird flight simulators on which pilots can gauge their instrument proficiency by flying various approach scenarios with assistance from NAFI flight instructors.