As part of its ongoing mission to reduce accidents, the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) analyzed, by state, data from U.S. civil helicopter accidents that occurred between 2008 and 2013.
AINsafety » May 26, 2014
After AIN published an article recently about approvals required to fly LPV approaches outside the U.S., a helpful pilot reader offered additional useful information. The story explained, “This requirement [the need for a letter of authorization] flies in the face of the deviation the FAA filed from ICAO requirements that do not require Part 91 operators to obtain approval for any performance based navigation (PBN) procedures.”
The Jamaican Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) labeled an American Airlines flight crew’s reduced situational awareness as the primary cause of the December 2009 runway excursion by a Boeing 737-800 at Kingston Airport. The aircraft departed Miami carrying 148 passengers and a crew of six, and all occupants survived the accident.
FAA Order 7110.659A, effective June 1, will recategorize the guidelines air traffic controllers use to provide proper wake turbulence separation. The new standards are expected to increase airport capacity while reducing both arrival and departure delays.
The National Transportation Safety Board on May 22 issued five safety recommendations to the FAA related to the evaluation and certification of lithium-ion batteries, as well as the certification of new technology. The recommendations evolved through the ongoing investigation of a Jan. 7, 2013, lithium-ion battery fire aboard a Boeing 787 parked at Boston Logan Airport.
The FAA issued a safety alert (SAFO) on May 22 to let owners, operators and riggers of Basik Air Concept Parachutes know that France’s Directorate General for Civil Aviation issued an emergency AD, EAD UF-2012-007, covering the product. The DGAC issued the AD because Basik Air Concept manufactured and shipped reserve parachute systems without production approval from the French authority.
The NTSB recently released preliminary findings on the April 26 accident in Port Orange, Fla., in which a Cessna Citation CJ3 overran the runway and came to rest in a pond about 600 feet from the end of the hard surface. Investigators said the pilot reported landing “long” (about two-thirds down the 4,000-foot runway) and then realized he wouldn’t be able to stop on the runway. A weather observation at the time of the mishap indicates there was a four-knot tailwind.
The Viking 400 Series Twin Otter will soon come equipped with a Safe Flight angle-of-attack (AoA) indicator as standard equipment. The TSO’d system consists of a lift transducer, computer and a speed indexer. The speed indexer provides the pilot heads-up guidance to approach AoA. The computer provides Arinc outputs to drive low airspeed awareness and AoA displays on the primary flight display. Safe Flight’s lift transducer is a heated leading edge sensor and is cleared for flights into known icing conditions.
Winners of the annual European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) Safety of Flight Awards were announced at last week’s EBACE 2014 show in Geneva. GlobeAir AG won the Bronze Award for 20 years or 40,000 hours of accident-free operation. London Executive Aviation took the Silver Award for its 30 years or 60,000 accident-free flight hours of operation, and the Gold Award went to Flying Service for 40 years or 80,000 hours without an accident.
The pilot of an Airbus Helicopters AS350 was killed when his aircraft rolled over on its side as he attempted to reposition it near the Grand Canyon West Airport in Arizona on May 18. The helicopter was being operated by Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters at the time of the accident. The Hualapai Indian Tribe operates the airport.