After nearly three months of pushback from pilots, flight attendants and aircraft operators, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reversed its plan to allow small knives aboard airliners on June 5. TSA Administrator John Pistole’s March announcement that the agency would align U.S.
AINsafety » June 10, 2013
When the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) rolled out its Aviation Safety Action Program (Asap) last August it began with just two operators to demonstrate the system’s viability. In mid-May, the foundation officially signed its sixth Great Lakes Region member, Priester Aviation, a Part 135 charter operator based at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK).
Prompted by a provision of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its review of the FAA’s progress on cockpit smoke removal on May 26. The GAO investigated dense smoke evacuation, protective breathing equipment for flight crews, pilot training on emergency procedures, development of checklists to respond to smoke in the cockpit and the use of emergency visual assurance systems (EVAS).
An AINSafety story published last year demonstrated that a relatively straightforward GPS approach can be fraught with danger even when pilots precisely follow the instrument approach plate. Our editors began thinking about what readers might regard as their most challenging instrument approaches.
Last month the Australian Transport Safety Board (ATSB) published its report of a Dec. 24, 2011, helicopter rescue that went wrong after the crew attempted to improvise in a mission to save a man where no other options appeared suitable.
The Air Line Pilots Association praised members of the U.S. House of Representatives on June 5 for passing an amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill that continues funding the union-supported Federal Flight Deck Officer program (FFDO). The FFDO allows properly trained and certified airline pilots to carry handguns in the cockpit for protection against armed intruders. The amendment, which will return $12.5 million to the program’s $25 million annual budget, is revenue-neutral and has broad bipartisan support.
Legislation currently being developed in Nigeria as part of the new Civil Aviation Act 2013 will attempt to classify safety and security staff (such as air traffic controllers) in that country as “essential,” effectively banning them from striking against the country’s aviation system. No date has been announced for presentation of the proposed legislation.
The General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates on June 4 announced plans to add two routes between the UAE and Bahrain, bringing the total number to three, to increase system capacity and improve traffic flow. No implementation date was announced for the new routes, which were created in partnership with the Dubai Foundation for Air Navigation Services.
Scotland’s Glasgow Airport (EGPF) received a five-star safety rating following an occupational health and safety audit by the British Safety Council. The award was announced after four days of interviews with the airport’s managers and staff, on-site inspection tours and a review of the facility’s safety management system (SMS).
An airline pilot studying for a Ph.D. wonders why otherwise competent pilots fail checkrides. “Although many quantitative studies have looked at what pilots do wrong, researchers have not previously sought pilot input on why pilots actually make those mistakes,” said Capt. Gary Boettcher. Pilot volunteers for Boettcher’s survey must have repeated a recurrent training simulator proficiency checkride, hold a current FAA medical certificate, be currently qualified and in an active flying bid status.