The crew of a forward fire controller aircraft orbiting the recent Dog Rock fire in Yosemite National Park said the Cal Fire-operated S-2F3AT tanker that crashed October 7 might have collided with a tree before it struck the ground, according to the NTSB preliminary accident report. The accident killed the pilot, and post-impact fire destroyed the aircraft.
AINsafety » October 20, 2014
A number of NextGen-based airspaces changes will take effect November 13 across the U.S. and Canada. The updates, part of the FAA’s regular charting cycle, show the most significant changes coming to the combined U.S. and Canadian airspace near Windsor/Toronto and Montreal, as well as Boston, Washington and New York. Airspace in parts of Tennessee and South Carolina will also be updated in the mid-November cycle. Cleveland Center is preparing for 17 amended routes, the deletion of 20 jet routes and the addition of 21 Q routes.
Helicopter accidents happen when pilots allow themselves to take unnecessary risks, according to the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). “If pilots learn to recognize their attitudes for what they are, they can deal accordingly and operate safely.”
Fifty-four percent of ultraviolet radiation will penetrate most aircraft windshields, according to Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a spokeswoman for the New York City-based Skin Cancer Foundation. Hale offered this insight along with a number of others to create awareness about the dangers of cancer to cockpit flight crews.
“Sunscreen is a must, even in the air,” Hale said in a foundation news release. “It’s critical that pilots adequately protect their exposed skin, including hands and faces, with at least an SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen.”
The FAA recently published a new advisory circular–AC 135-14B–to address operational procedures and equipment requirements for helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operators following an increase in fatal HAA accidents.
NBAA will recognize five member companies for outstanding safe flying achievement at a luncheon tomorrow. PepsiCo and Weyerhaeuser will each receive the NBAA award for 60 years of safe flying, while Brunswick, Cummins and Sprint Flight Operations will receive the 50 years of safe flying award. The plaques will be awarded at the association’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) in Orlando, Fla.
The Helicopter Association International will look at operational and flight safety issues faced by aerial firefighters and provide an overview of the upcoming 2015 fire season next month (November 17 to 19) at its firefighting safety conference in Boise, Idaho. The conference includes an interagency briefing with the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Forest Service. Attendance is free but advanced registration is required.
New York resident John Michael Dial was sentenced on October 2 in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, Calif., to two years incarceration and 12 months of supervised release for operating a helicopter without a valid pilot certificate, as well as for operating under a false identity. A federal investigation revealed that from Dec. 16, 2009, to Aug. 4, 2010, Dial operated news helicopters in the San Francisco area under a false identity.
The National EMS Pilots Association (Nemspa) published an online survey for helicopter air ambulance pilots to gather feedback for an upcoming aviation rule-making committee (ARC) considering potential changes to helicopter training requirements. The association will analyze the responses present its findings at the next ARC meeting, scheduled for the end of October.
The Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics Special Committee 213, Enhanced Flight Vision Systems/Synthetic Vision Systems (EFVS/SVS), has scheduled a public meeting for November 5 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The meeting requires in-person visitors to pre-register.
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