AINsafety » May 21, 2012

May 21, 2012 - 4:45pm
Laser pointers and airplanes don't mix

Numbers released on May 15 by the FAA dramatize growing concerns over increasing numbers of people who continue to shine laser pointers at passing aircraft. While relatively harmless in initial appearance, laser beams from even handheld pointers have temporarily blinded pilots and forced crewmembers to take evasive action.

May 21, 2012 - 4:40pm
McDonnell-Douglas DC-10

Denny Fitch, famous for his role in helping fly a crippled United Airlines DC-10 and saving the lives of 185 persons aboard, died last week in St. Charles, Ill., at the age of 69.

May 21, 2012 - 4:35pm

When aviation people speak of Part 135 operations, many of us naturally assume a business jet or at least turboprop is involved.

May 21, 2012 - 4:30pm

Criminal prosecution in the wake of aviation accidents is on the rise, although not as much in the U.S. as in some other countries, at least for now.

May 21, 2012 - 4:25pm

FAA Order JO 7110.65 is the manual–some call it the “ATC bible”–that air traffic controllers turn to for guidance about ATC procedures and phraseology. Last week, the Agency updated a few procedures to reflect a change in thinking about speeds and aircraft separation.

May 21, 2012 - 4:20pm

A story reported in New claimed that the crash of a Schiebel unmanned air vehicle into a control truck near Incheon South Korea last week was the result of an operator error and not, as was earlier reported, due to the machine’s loss of a GPS signal during the flight.

May 21, 2012 - 4:15pm

The Federal Register this week published corrections to the final rule on flight-crew rest and duty times. Clarifications include that flight-crew members may not accept a trip that forces them to exceed 100 flight hours in any 672-consecutive-hour period, nor more than 1,000 hours in a given 365-day period.

May 21, 2012 - 4:10pm

The FAA this week opened a new website offering a parent toolkit that promotes the idea that kids on airplanes belong buckled into an approved child safety seat, not sitting on their parent’s lap.

May 21, 2012 - 4:05pm

Fifteen of the 21 people aboard an Agni-Air Dornier 228 died when the 19-seat turboprop twin struck the side of a mountain near Nepal’s Jomsom Airport (VNJS) in the Himalayas on May 14.

May 21, 2012 - 4:00pm

The FAA admitted in court on May 20 that there might have been flaws in the data the agency used to decide that cargo pilots should be excluded from new rest rules published last December.


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