The newest phase of the FAA’s NextGen airspace redesign, tagged the “North Texas Metroplex” project, took effect September 18 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the addition of a number of new arrival and departure procedures. The new procedures replace the older standard terminal arrival routes (Stars) and standard instrument departures (SIDs) at Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL) airports.
AINsafety » September 22, 2014
UPS is making a series of safety enhancements in the aftermath of the September 9 NTSB hearing into the crash of UPS Flight 1354 at Birmingham, Ala., in August last year.
The FAA released an updated advisory circular AC 91-79A last week to help pilots and aircraft operators more easily identify, understand and mitigate the risks of runway overruns. The AC was also developed to assist operators in creating their own standard operating procedures (SOPs) to help reduce those risks.
Runway overruns account for approximately 10 incident or accidents annually, many resulting in fatalities, according to the agency.
The task force set up in early August by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to assess risks to aircraft operating in conflict zones has defined a work program with two immediate objectives.
The NTSB will hold a free one-day forum to review current technological advancements to flight data recorders and aircraft locators. The preliminary agenda for the meeting, called “Emerging Flight Data and Locator Technology,” was posted last week. The session will focus on equipment in use while also exploring new technologies in development and determining what issues relating to policy, industry standards and technical limitations need to be addressed.
The Australian-led Joint Agency Coordination Center at the heart of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 said last week that 58 objects “inconsistent with the Indian Ocean seabed” had been located in an area not previously explored. The Malaysian government is bringing an underwater vehicle to the area at the end of September to aid in identifying the objects. MH370, a Boeing 777, disappeared March 8 with 239 people aboard.
The FAA granted the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority category-one safety status last week after conducting inspections to ICAO standards of the country’s aviation infrastructure and regulatory framework. The new status will allow Ethiopian carriers direct access to the U.S. from Africa.
Australian company One Atmosphere was recently named this year’s winner of the Australian Defense Science and Technology Organization’s Eureka prize. The company received the honor for creating Pegasus, an emergency helicopter buoyancy system to prevent aircraft from sinking after ditching at sea. One Atmosphere said the lightweight Pegasus will quickly raise a 22,000-pound helicopter from a depth of 33 feet and keep it afloat for four hours.
In light of recent accidents that underscore the dangers of hypoxia, operators might want to hear the dangers for themselves. A 2008 recording of a pair of Learjet pilots who nearly lost control of their aircraft illustrates the threat that hypoxia poses. In the recording something is clearly wrong with the pilots, but they struggled to make their problem and their intentions known to a Cleveland Center controller, who figured the problem out on his own and instructed the pilots to descend.
Both occupants of a Beechcraft Super King Air 300LW died September 14 when their aircraft crashed into a pair of houses in the La Isla area of the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires as it approached Jorge Newberry Airport. The impact ignited a fire in both ground structures that also destroyed the aircraft.
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