Iceland’s meteorological office (IMO) lowered the risk level for an eruption at the Bardarbunga volcano to orange from red on August 24, but warned that there are “no indications that seismic activity is slowing down.” A day earlier, scientists had raised the threat warning to red.
AINsafety » August 25, 2014
The association of collegiate training institutions (ACTI)–the group that represents 36 FAA-authorized air traffic-collegiate training initiative (AT-CTI) colleges and universities–criticized the FAA last week for eliminating preferential hiring for AT-CTI graduates. It said the move could potentially undermine safety and threaten the viability of the schools.
Last December, the FAA halted the preferential treatment of AT-CTI graduates and purged a list of more than 3,000 students who had already passed the agency’s hiring tests in place at the time.
Last week’s FAA notice to airmen (Notam) restricting U.S. operators from flying in the Damascus Flight Information Region, which includes all of Syria, is further evidence the agency is watching airspace over the world’s hotspots more closely since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in June.
The FAA is still struggling with the software required for deployment of the standard terminal automation replacement system (Stars), according to a report released on August 14 by the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General (IG). Stars computers are being deployed at 11 large terminals to modernize ATC functions.
Not everyone is convinced the FAA’s recently issued final Part 145 rule, which governs maintenance of U.S.-registered aircraft, aligns with the intent of the original notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
The maintenance and operations letter released by Gulfstream last Monday–MOL-14-0024–emphasized the importance of a complete flight control check for “free and correct movement” before taking the active runway for takeoff. Last week’s letter follows another published in June shortly after the crash of a GIV-SP near Boston.
The 45th annual seminar of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) will be held October 13 to 16 at the Stamford Hotel in Glenelg, near Adelaide, Australia. The theme for this year’s seminar is investigations and safety management systems. ISASI members include professional aircraft accident investigators and analysts from 60 countries.
Three aircraft approaching Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah on August 17 became targets of ground-based laser pointers. The attacks occurred between 8 and 8:30 p.m. as the aircraft approached a point six miles south of the airport. No injuries were reported and all three aircraft landed without incident. The FAA says that to date 35 pilots have required medical attention after their aircraft were struck by laser pointer beams.
Air navigation service provider Airways New Zealand said August 15 that horizontal air traffic separation standards in Mongolian airspace will be reduced to 20 nm from the current 60 nm beginning in September. The move comes two years after the Mongolian civil aviation authority introduced radar ATC separation to the region. An Airways New Zealand spokesman said the goal is eventually to reduce separation to the ICAO standard of 5 nm.
Federal and city officials in the Los Angeles area have been unsuccessful in their attempts to identify the owner/operator of a small drone seen by the pilots of an airliner on August 4 while they were on final approach into Los Angeles International Airport The pilots reported the drone 10 miles east of the airport at 4,000 feet, well inside the airport’s Class B airspace.