AINsafety » September 16, 2013

September 16, 2013 - 2:00pm

The UK Parliament’s Transport Committee has criticized the European Union’s proposed flight- and duty-time regulations, saying that while they represent an improvement over the current versions, some of the new rules seem to fly in the face of current scientific research. The changes, driven by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), are expected to take effect in November this year.

September 16, 2013 - 1:55pm

The International Civil Aviation Organization’s 2013 annual safety report on commercial aviation concludes that although Africa accounts for only 5 percent of accidents recorded last year, that region’s accidents account for 45 percent of the fatalities, more than any other area ICAO reviewed.

In 2012, five accidents in Africa claimed 167 lives. In Asia, also a focal point for safety concerns, 23 accidents claimed 161 lives.

September 16, 2013 - 1:50pm

The ATC committee of the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) can chalk up another win for local flight crews when a series of new IFR departure procedures for Chicago satellite airports take effect on October 17.

September 16, 2013 - 1:45pm

Bombardier’s annual Safety Standdown, organized by the manufacturer’s business aviation flight operations team, begins in Wichita on September 30. The standdown is designed to foster a safety culture through better communication. Military aviation uses the standdown concept–essentially grounding a particular squadron or fleet–when a significant high-risk safety issue emerges.

September 16, 2013 - 1:40pm

An August 27 report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General (IG) concludes that none of the 49 suggestions related to the hiring and training of new air traffic controllers outlined in the FAA’s independent review panel two years ago have been implemented.

September 16, 2013 - 1:35pm

“Behavioral drift” poses the single greatest risk to aviation professionalism and safety, according to Bill Grimes, CitationAir vice president for safety. During an NBAA podcast, Grimes said that while solid adherence to company and industry procedures is a core element of professionalism, outside influences can cause pilots to drift. “As the norms of an organization are eroded, they’re replaced by work-arounds that eventually set new standards,” he said. “People start cutting corners.

September 16, 2013 - 1:30pm

A Canadian Coast Guard MBB (Eurocopter) Bo-105 on a research support flight crashed into the Arctic Sea on September 10, killing all three people aboard. The helicopter was operating from the icebreaker Amundsen when it went down in the M’Clure Strait off the coast of Banks Island in the Western Arctic.

September 16, 2013 - 1:27pm

The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General has identified the agency’s seven biggest challenges for the 12-month period beginning October 1, two of which apply to aviation. The IG said it will focus on improving FAA oversight of the aviation industry and the operations of the national airspace system, as well as on identifying and addressing root causes of problems with NextGen and setting program priorities.

September 16, 2013 - 1:25pm

China’s Air Traffic Management Bureau and Airbus’s air traffic management (ATM) company, ProSky, have signed an agreement to work together to modernize that country’s ATM system. The projects include updating the ILS systems at Beijing Capital Airport (ZBAA), conducting a capacity assessment at Chengdu International Airport (ZUUU) and other technology-based ATM improvements.

September 16, 2013 - 1:20pm

A recent FAA flight check discovered a previously unknown obstruction beneath the Runway 4 ILS glideslope at New York La Guardia Airport (KLGA), ruling out a full ILS approach to that runway. Aircraft landing on Runway 4 can now use only the localizer approach, which carries minimums nearly 300 feet higher. In poor weather, the only practical option for the area is to operate both LGA and John F. Kennedy (KJFK) airports on a southeast runway configuration, which, in turn, creates significant arrival delays at nearby Teterboro Airport (KTEB).

 

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