While the NTSB’s report on the Dec. 20, 2011, crash of a Socata TBM700 does not yet include a probable cause, the details seem to point to the instrument-rated private pilot’s losing control of the aircraft in icing conditions shortly after departure from the New York City-area Teterboro Airport (TEB). The airplane (N731CA) was destroyed when it hit the ground near Morristown Airport (MMU) in New Jersey, killing the owner-pilot and four others aboard.
AINsafety » February 4, 2013
The FAA recently published a notice to operators, training managers and inspectors of the importance of AC 120-109, to reinforce the importance of adequate flight crew training on the use of aircraft stick shakers and pushers. The increased emphasis was the result of a September 2010 Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to stem the numbers of loss-of-control accidents due to pilot unfamiliarity with stick pushers, as well as flight into icing and wind-shear conditions.
The NTSB recently began using laser scanners as a replacement to standard camera photography to record important data at accident scenes. A camera records in two dimensions, but a laser scanner adds virtual reality by viewing evidence in three dimensions.
In advance of this month’s Air Charter Safety Foundation Safety Symposium, one of the event’s speakers, Robert Carraway, wrote about the difficulty of developing a working safety culture in any industry.
The FAA’s Great Lakes region published a winter operations bulletin last week as a review of important winter airport operations. This stated that issuing a Notam to close a runway when snowplowing operations begin is an important priority.
A Bombardier CRJ200ER regional airliner crashed January 29 while on approach to Almaty Airport (UAAA) in Kazakhstan. The flight, operated by Scat Airlines, was inbound after a 770-mile flight from Kokshetau and crashed approximately three miles northeast of the airport in weather conditions reported as near zero-zero at the time of the accident. Kazakhstan’s airlines remain banned from European Union airspace and airports under an official safety blacklist.
The old Terminal Instrument Procedures Working (TWG) group has been disbanded, and the new U.S Instrument Flight Procedures Panel (IFPP) is taking its place. The TWG was formed in an era when instrument approach procedures were designed around land-based navaids. Because the FAA has committed itself to developing a National Airspace System built to performance-based navigational standards (PBN), the agency believed the complexities inherent in these designs demand a more comprehensive working group.
The vital North Sea fleet of EC225 helicopters is expected to remain grounded until April, according to Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling. The aircraft have not flown since October, when gearbox failures on two different machines caused Norwegian and UK officials to prohibit over-water flights until a fix is identified.
The probable cause of the December 2011 crash of an AS350B2 operated by Las Vegas, Nev.-based Sundance Helicopters near the Hoover Dam was the result of faulty maintenance, according to the NTSB. The helicopter had been returned to service earlier on the day of the crash following major maintenance that included an engine change and replacement of main- and tail-rotor actuators.
The Turkish Civil Aviation General Directorate plans to levy fines against passengers who violate no-smoking regulations, as well as those who fail to turn off electronic devices when asked or fail to remain seated when signs illuminate. These offenses will result in a fine of approximately $568, while the penalty for anyone on the ground convicted of pointing a laser at an aircraft will be $5,680.