As part of continued cost cutting by the U.S. federal government, the FAA has announced plans to begin decommissioning some instrument approach procedures (IAP) to save on maintenance costs of ground-based navaids. The agency said the plan also stems from a near doubling of new IAPs in the past decade thanks to advances in satellite-based approach systems.
AINsafety » August 26, 2013
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has delivered new precision departure release capability (PDRC) software to the FAA; it is designed to improve the flow of air traffic from the moment an aircraft leaves the ground until it reaches cruise altitude.
The American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has expressed concern about the lack of an international agreement on tackling the cybersecurity threat to commercial aviation around the world. The group gave the warning in a new white paper published on August 13 called A Framework for Aviation Cybersecurity.
Data released last week by UK air navigation service provider NATS appears to strengthen Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair in its ongoing campaign to refute accusations that its pilots are subject to undue operational pressure. The NATS data showed that while the all-airline average of carriers whose crews were responsible for altitude busts in Europe as a whole was approximately 6.71 per 100,000 movements, Ryanair pilots busted assigned altitudes only 0.94 times per 100,000 movements.
The fate of two Turkish Airlines pilots, Murat Akpınar and Murat Ağca, who were kidnapped August 9 as they left Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport (OLBA), is still unknown. The pair was abducted shortly after the completion of a flight to the Lebanese capital.
The only communication has been from a group that claims to be aligned with Syrian rebels demanding that Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu use his influence to obtain the release of a number of Lebanese Shiites who were themselves kidnapped in Syria in May last year.
Eclipse Aerospace introduced its new safety enhancement upgrade package (SEP) for earlier generations of the Eclipse single-pilot very light jet. The SEP adds significant features such as anti-skid braking, autothrottles (including under- and overspeed protections), an updated flight management system as well as an independent standby display unit with an integrated attitude heading and reference system (AHRS) to provide backup heading and attitude information.
The FAA has reported that a JetBlue Airbus A320 conducted its first flight using ADS-B technology on June 9 between Fort Lauderdale and San Francisco and also became the first U.S. airliner to reach its destination using a predominantly ADS-B-created route. The aircraft flew the route over the Gulf of Mexico as it steered around weather along its regular company-filed flight-plan route. The reroute also shaved 100 nm from the aircraft’s trip, saving fuel.
Two airliners, as well as a privately operated helicopter, were targeted with laser pointers between 9:30 and 10 p.m. on August 15 as they approached Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR) in New Jersey. The helicopter was 10 miles south of the airport at 1,600 feet at the time of the incident. A 737 and an ERJ-135 were illuminated approximately one mile east of Teterboro Airport (KTEB) while on final approach to EWR at 3,000 feet.
Philippine carrier Zest Air’s 11 Airbus aircraft returned to normal operations August 21, after the carrier’s flight schedule was suspended by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines on August 16 for numerous safety violations. The reinstatement of the airline’s operating certificate came after an inspection by the country’s Flight Standards Inspectorate Service.
Kevin Corns, a graduate student at Capella University, is studying the informal learning methods of commercial pilots. Corns said, “The one-size-fits-all approach to pilot training may no longer be sufficient in today’s aviation environment. Current pilot training practices may need to be modified or changed.” Current Part 121 pilots are invited to take Corns’s anonymous survey, which he says should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete.