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.”
AINsafety » April 21, 2014
Pilots and New York Tracon sector air traffic controllers recently began using the new GPS-X RWY 6 instrument approach to Teterboro (TEB) when that airport’s RWY 6 ILS is out of service. The approach was created to provide better traffic separation between TEB arrivals and traffic landing RWY 29 at nearby Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
The FAA last week proposed a $547,500 civil penalty against Hawaiian Airlines for operating a Boeing 767-300 “more than 5,000 times” when the aircraft was not in compliance with a July 2000 airworthiness directive (AD). The AD required inspections of certain engine thrust reverser components to prevent a portion of the device from separating in flight and causing a rapid decompression of the aircraft. It also mandated initial and repetitive inspections of the components to detect damage and wear, and to take corrective actions if necessary.
According to the latest data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), African aviation has made significant progress in safety with airlines on that continent experiencing only one Western-built jet hull loss last year. The Western-built jet hull loss rate improved 55.4 percent between 2013 and 2012, while the region’s accident rate for all aircraft types improved nearly 50 percent (7.45 accidents per million flights from 14.80 in 2012).
FAA’s new airport bulletin 14-02 encourages airport operators to review their driver’s training programs in light of several accidents in non-movement areas involving food service trucks, airplane tugs and baggage tow vehicles. These accidents have resulted in both fatalities and significant damage to aircraft.
The NTSB last week released a preliminary report on the April 9 accident involving an Airbus AS350 B3 helicopter that crashed shortly after takeoff from an Albuquerque, N.M. hospital helipad. The pilot reported he did complete all pre-takeoff hydraulic checks and that after liftoff he commanded a slight left turn. The helicopter, however, kept turning and entered a spin. The pilot said the pedals were jammed or locked in the neutral position.
In the wake of the early March disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, the International Civil Aviation Organization announced a special meeting in May of government and industry experts on the global tracking of airline flights. The goal is to increase current momentum on deliberations over the specific aircraft- and satellite-based capabilities needed to permit global implementation of worldwide flight tracking.
The Greater Washington Business Aviation Association’s (GWBAA) 2014 safety standdown takes place May 1 at the NTSB training center in Ashburn, Va. The keynote speaker will be Greg Feith, a former member of the NTSB and an aviation safety and security expert. Planned topics include the ISBAO program, hangar safety systems and sleep apnea/fatigue.
Engine failure is the initial focus in the crash of a Bell 206B Friday morning, shortly after takeoff from Coffs Harbour, on the east coast of Australia. The helicopter struck the ground with enough force to rip the rear rotor from the aircraft. The pilot and single passenger received only minor injuries. There was no post-crash fire.
Embry-Riddle Worldwide University will offer a workshop on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in San Diego, Calif., on April 24 and 25. Faculty with specific UAS operations and research experience will teach the workshop. Topics include an introduction to and discussion of the impact of UAS, design issues, legislation, certification and regulation, applications, operational profiles, business opportunities and the future of UAS. Continuing education units are available.