The FAA is proposing a $275,000 civil penalty against Pinnacle Airlines of Memphis for allegedly operating a Bombardier CRJ900 on 11 flights without all required parts fitted. According to the FAA, Pinnacle mechanics failed to replace a part required in the approved aircraft maintenance manual when they replaced the aircraft’s right engine.
AINsafety » January 14, 2013
The number of fatalities in U.S.-registered business jet accidents last year was the highest since 2008, according to statistics compiled by AIN using data from official accident investigative bodies from around the world.
In a new safety alert for operators (SAFO), the FAA reminds pilots not to depend upon cockpit technology as the primary means to control the aircraft in all situations.
“A recent analysis of flight operations data (including normal flight operations, incidents and accidents) identified an increase in manual handling errors,” said the SAFO, issued on January 4.
In a safety alert issued January 3, the FAA warns operators to be diligent during in-flight preparation of coffee. Several airlines and individual flight attendants have reported cases of coffee-filter packages bursting and causing first and second degree burns to people standing nearby.
The apparent cause is a pressure build-up in the repacked coffee filter package while installed in the coffee pot drawer.
The new Rnav SIDs for Chicago O’ Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW) airports scheduled for release last week were declared “technically unusable” until further notice after a potential problem was identified at the last minute.
The FAA has launched what it calls “a comprehensive review of the Boeing 787 critical systems, including the design, manufacture and assembly.” The agency said the review will “validate the work conducted during the certification process and further ensure that the aircraft meets the FAA’s high level of safety.” U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the move on January 11.
The FAA has announced a number of taxiway changes at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The changes, which became effective last week, rename taxiways “ZC” as “AA,” “ZD” as “L1,” “ZE” as “BB” and “ZF” as “CC.” Looking ahead, the FAA reminded users that on May 2 Runway 10-28 will be redesignated Runway 10L-28R as the City of Chicago prepares to open the airport’s new south Runway 10R-28L later this year.
In December, the FAA officially withdrew its legal interpretation of maintenance duty time limitations prescribed in FAR 121.377. The change comes more than two years after the Aeronautical Repair Station Association and other organizations such as Airlines for America and the Transport Workers Union filed a complaint against an agency interpretation of how Part 121 maintenance technician work schedules–including the rest periods–could be compiled.
For mechanical reasons yet unknown, a Brazilian fire rescue AStar helicopter on a mission near the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro descended into the water. The rescue crew had just plucked three swimmers from the ocean before the accident, an event captured by a bystander on video. All four people aboard the helicopter were rescued with only minor injuries.
The National Business Aviation Association announced its new FileSmart system last week as a way to help operators develop flight plans that should increase ATC system efficiencies. FileSmart is a web-based educational product created to teach operators how to improve the timeliness and accuracy of their flight plans by adding more information about their intent where relevant.