The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released a training video highlighting some near catastrophes that occurred after experienced pilots incorrectly entered takeoff data in the flight management computer aboard large airline aircraft, including a Boeing 747 and 767 and an Airbus A340.
AINsafety » September 9, 2013
India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has announced support for periods of controlled cockpit rest for pilots. In an August 15 operations circular, the DGCA calls the naps, which are to be allowed on flights of at least three hours, “effective fatigue mitigation tools.”
New work rules governing occupational safety and health conditions for cabin crew will become effective September 26. The new rules will apply to anyone working aboard any aircraft that legally requires a cabin crewmember, whether operating under Part 121, 135 or 91 rules.
NASA researchers recently conducted drop tests of a Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight to test improved seats and seat belts. They recorded the crash from more than 350 data channels as the helicopter, suspended by cables, was dropped into a bed of soil from 30 feet up. Just before impact, pyrotechnic devices released the suspension cables from the helicopter to allow free flight toward impact with a forward speed of approximately 30 mph.
Construction begins today on Runway 6/24 at Trenton Mercer Airport (KTTN), New Jersey, that will significantly restrict its use. The work, to install engineered material arresting systems (Emas) on both ends of the runway, will continue until November 8. Some approach and runway lighting and instrument approach systems will be unavailable and the runway will be closed to aircraft with approach speeds greater than 121 knots. The runway’s usable length will also be shortened by more than 750 feet. Construction work will be under way for approximately 20 hours each day.
The recent report by Nepal’s Accident Investigation Commission on the crash of a Sita-Air Dornier Do-228 on September 28 last year at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (VNKT) cited a significant loss of power during the takeoff run as the first link in that accident’s chain of events. The aircraft stalled and crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 19 people aboard.
Temporary landing restrictions on foreign airlines at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO) in California have been withdrawn. Non-U.S. aircraft were banned in July from landing while another aircraft was using a parallel runway. Instituted shortly after the crash of Asiana Flight 214, a Boeing 777, on July 6, the ban was lifted with the recent return to service of the ILS for Runway 28L.
Artec Group’s Broadway 3-D facial-recognition system for airport employees has been installed at Russia’s Sochi International Airport (URSS) on the coast of the Black Sea. Its developer says the system uses facial geometry to limit airport access to authorized personnel and can identify a person who is walking, wearing a hat or sunglasses and can even differentiate between identical twins.
Aero Charter, based at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (KSUS), Missouri, has been awarded the National Business Aviation Association’s Company Commercial Safety Award in recognition of its 36 years and 87,521 hours of safe flying. The firm also received NBAA’s Company Maintenance Safety Award, which recognizes the effect Aero Charter’s maintenance department has had on the company’s safety record.
Greg Traynor was indicted August 20 in U.S. District Court in Portland, Ore., for making false statements on multiple airman’s medical applications. Traynor allegedly stated he was not taking medically disqualifying drugs for mental health disorders when he was. He also stated he had never been diagnosed with a mental health disorder when he had previously reported such a diagnosis on an earlier application.