The emergency maneuver training provided by Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) aims to put a dent in accident statistics that confirm loss of control in-flight as the number-one cause of commercial jet fatalities. According to Dr. Sunjoo Advani, chairman of the International Committee for Aviation Training in Extended Envelopes, “[the problem] cannot be simply solved through technology, or through current pilot training paradigms.”
AINsafety » October 15, 2012
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has concluded that Gulfstream’s rush to complete an aggressive flight-test schedule for its new G650 was a key factor in the April 2, 2011, crash of a test aircraft at the Roswell International Air Center in New Mexico.
The FAA last week issued a letter of explanation to address safety concerns over fueling operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). “None of the operations we observed showed any negligence or unsafe practices,” the letter said. The Washington state airport’s operator, the Port of Seattle, said the facility has never before been cited for any fueling safety concerns during regular inspections.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is trying to understand how a military air traffic controller allowed a Qantas-Link Boeing 717 inbound to Darwin carrying 115 passengers to fly through the altitude of a Qantas Boeing 737 that just departed that same airport with 155 people on board. Darwin is a joint-use military/civilian airport. The 717’s Tcas system alerted the crew to the other aircraft, which the pilot reported passed about 800 feet beneath him. That same captain said the other aircraft looked as if it had passed much closer to his 717 than 800 feet.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to know how a male U.S. citizen boarded and flew aboard an Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, all the way to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with a smoke grenade in his checked baggage.
The man, whose journey originated in Japan, was arrested at LAX wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-retardant pants as he tried to check in for a domestic flight to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).
A Bell 407 crashed into a wooded area in the Pocono Mountains, about 90 miles north of Philadelphia, on October 10, killing two of the three people on board, including the pilot. The passenger in back, in critical condition, managed to use his cellphone after the accident to call for help. Weather sources said local visibilities in the crash area were approximately half-a-mile in fog.
The FBI’s National Aviation Safety Officer, Special Agent Troy Smith, was named the first recipient of the Eugene Cernan Safety Standdown Award at the October 10 Bombardier Safety Standdown annual banquet in Wichita. Smith, who began his FBI flying career while assigned to the San Francisco field office, told the audience, “Before I applied for the FBI’s top aviation safety job, I had no previous formal training in aviation safety.
In another example of the government’s pushback against laser threats to aviation, a federal grand jury in Jacksonville, Fla., indicted John Tyler Pennywitt on October 5. He was accused of shining a handheld laser pointer at a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office helicopter on the night of June 3, 2012. Pennywitt was indicted under a section of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 that makes it a federal crime to aim a laser at an aircraft, or even into the path of an aircraft.
A Brazilian-registered Phenom 100 slid off the runway in the rain on October 10 at the conclusion of an instrument approach to Salgado Filho Airport (SBPA) in Porto Alegre, Brazil. None of the five people aboard were injured and the aircraft sustained only minor damage. Winds at the airport were gusting to 38 knots at the time of the incident.
American Airlines said October 12 it will add the same safety locking mechanism to the seats on 49 of the company’s Boeing 767s that were used to secure seats aboard the 48 Boeing 757s the airline grounded last week. The airline plans to continue flying the 767s each day and repairing them at night when they undergo regular maintenance. The work is expected to take another 10 days to complete.