The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has denounced an October 15 press report that claimed 58 percent of aircraft in South Africa do not have airworthiness certificates. The authority said the story was both inaccurate and irresponsible, insisting that its main point was based on a statement made by a member of the South African parliament that was taken out of context.
AINsafety » October 21, 2013
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) wasted no time after the U.S. government’s reopening to highlight the damage it says has been done to the country’s aviation system, reminding users that getting things rolling again may not be as simple as flipping a switch.
Safety advocate Robert “Bob” Barnes died in Phoenix on September 28 after suffering a stroke. Barnes was instrumental in establishing the International Association of Flight Training Professionals (IAFTP) as a way to constantly improve the quality of pilot training whether the student flew a Cessna 150, a Falcon 2000 or a Boeing 777.
Equipment manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace is developing two new in-flight icing detection systems (FIDS). Scheduled to be ready for entry-into-service in 2015, the first system will detect supercooled droplets of less than 50 microns in diameter. This size is consistent with current standards for large aircraft (CS-25, Appendix C under EASA rules).
The number of fatal accidents in business turbine airplanes worldwide in the first nine months of 2013 showed no improvement when compared with the same period last year, according to preliminary figures compiled by AIN.
An ATR-72 operated by Lao Airlines crashed into the Mekong River on October 16 while on approach to the Pakse Airport in southern Laos. All 49 people aboard–including five crewmembers–died in the accident. Early reports said local Pakse weather was poor with the passing of a typhoon. The twin-turboprop’s fuselage broke up on impact and sank in the river.
Baldwin Aviation said on October 15 that the newest version of its proprietary Savvy software for developers of safety management systems (SMS) is now fully operational. Savvy second generation allows users to create more customized documentation than version one. Don Baldwin, president and CEO, said, “The changes…allowed us to expand what we can include, such as service issue tracking, and offer greater cloud integration for increased security, performance and scalability at no added cost to the client.”
The NBAA has warned flight crews executing the TRTLL STAR into Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to be alert for a system glitch that might command an aircraft’s FMS to descend to 4,000 feet at MONKZ when the aircraft should actually remain at 11,000 feet. The 4,000 foot altitude depicted is an MEA at MONKZ, not a crossing altitude.
The Finnish Air Traffic Controllers’ Association announced it will strike at the Finnish Area Control Center in Tampere, beginning October 30. The union said air traffic controllers in Tampere will walk off the job between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. and between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. local time. Controllers are protesting a plan to move the Finnish ATC center from Tampere to Vantaa, approximately 100 miles southeast.
The NTSB is investigating the October 15 failure of an International Aero Engines V2500 engine aboard a Spirit Airlines Airbus A319 20 minutes after takeoff en route from Dallas to Atlanta. An initial investigation of the A319 determined the failure was contained within the engine’s outer casing. The aircraft landed safely.