The preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the September 29 Citation CJ2 crash at Santa Monica revealed few answers to the real questions on investigators’ minds, like possible causes of the fatal accident.
AINsafety » October 28, 2013
Because air traffic controllers are increasingly making traffic separation decisions based upon an aircraft’s global navigation satellite system (GNSS) capability–or lack thereof–the FAA has begun updating aircraft equipment suffixes for traffic operating in U.S. domestic airspace. For instance, a GNSS-equipped aircraft may now fly a random route without the need for ATC radar monitoring, where previously radar was always required.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s final report on the crash of a Beechcraft King Air 100 at Vancouver International Airport in October 2011 concluded that the chain of events that led to the accident began with poor pilot preflight action. Neither of the two pilots noticed the left engine’s oil reservoir cap was not firmly latched shut.
The crew was alerted to an oil leak in the left engine before takeoff but failed to take action until receiving a low oil pressure warning light about 10 minutes after takeoff.
Levi Phillips, director of maintenance for Carson Helicopters Services, pleaded guilty on September 23 in the U.S. District Court in Medford, Oregon, for his role in falsifying documents pertaining to a Sikorsky S-61N helicopter owned and operated by Carson.Two company executives were indicted earlier this year in relation to the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) plans to convene a two-day investigative hearing on December 10 and 11 to discuss the ongoing investigation of the crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport last July. The meeting will focus on pilot awareness in highly automated aircraft, emergency response and cabin safety.
Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) released version one of its new iPad app based on the original airplane upset and recovery training aid. The app is designed to make studying the issues surrounding loss of control in flight as convenient as possible. The app includes eight separate modules covering the basics of upset prevention and recovery training, aerodynamics, causes of upsets and recovery techniques.
Precisely where the newest digital media can and should converge with the flight simulation technology used to deliver aviation training content will be the primary topic of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s November 20th flight simulation conference in London. David Coplin, chief envisioning officer for Microsoft UK, will deliver the keynote address.
The FBI has stepped up its efforts to squelch laser pointer incidents by assigning the investigation of two recent attacks to its Joint Terrorism Task Force. Two different aircraft last week became the targets for laser pointer attacks at New York’s La Guardia Airport. No cockpit crewmembers were injured in either incident.
American Eurocopter awarded Boston MedFlight its 2013 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award. Boston MedFlight is a not-for-profit organization providing critical care transport service to more than 2,700 patients a year.
The FAA has begun its investigation into the cause of a fatal Eurocopter AS350B3 crash in an open field near Somerville, Tenn., on October 22. The helicopter was on an emergency medical services flight at the time of the accident. The pilot and two pediatric nurses aboard died in the crash.