The FAA is due to issue a rule requiring a new approach to stall training for airline pilots that runs counter to previous guidance. According to Dr. Jeff Schroeder, the agency’s chief scientific and technical officer, the new approach will “take a lot of work to undo previous training because some pilots are ‘spring-loaded’ to the previous technique.”
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The FAA issued a rule on November 5 specifically aimed at improving advanced pilot training for Part 121 pilots. The regulation is a direct result of a U.S. Congressional mandate following the 2009 crash of Colgan Flight 3407 near Buffalo, N.Y., in which the pilots first stalled and then lost control of the aircraft on approach.
Details of how an old Mexican-registered Hawker came to be destroyed after entering Venezuelan airspace last week remained unclear at press time.
The Latin Times, a U.S.-based online Latino news source, reported November 7 that a Venezuelan military aircraft shot down a Hawker 125-400A after it illegally entered Venezuelan airspace near the Colombian border in the southern state of Apure.
The final version of a guide to teach pilot monitoring skills should be released by late spring next year, a member of the working group told an audience at the Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) international safety summit in Washington, D.C. Pilot monitoring deficiencies have been listed as a contributing factor in a number of accidents over the past decade.
Both the December 2012 crash of a Dornier Do-228 on takeoff from the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and the recent crash of an Embraer EMB-120 Brasilia at Lagos in Nigeria have called attention to the need to train pilots in the importance of both attaining and maintaining V2 (takeoff safety speed) before liftoff from the runway. In both accidents, the aircraft stalled and crashed shortly after liftoff.
The FAA published updates to the wake turbulence separation categories on October 22 for Louisville, Miami, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Atlanta and Philadelphia airports based on improved understanding of how wake vortices behave. Categories are now based on weight, certified approach speed and wing characteristics. Special consideration will be given to aircraft with limited ability to counteract adverse rolls.
JDA Solutions last week announced its SafeAssure safety risk assessment (SRA) program designed to produce complete documentation of the SRA screening of airport projects. The new tool provides a proven method of identifying, analyzing and mitigating risks that might ultimately become apparent in a client’s safety performance. The SafeAssure program encompasses the five-step safety risk management requirements outlined in FAA Orders 8000.369 and 5200.11.
Ronald Shabbot pleaded guilty on October 22 to falsifying an FAA return-to-service tag on an aircraft computer indicator. He was sentenced to 24 months probation. While working as a salesman at an aircraft parts repair facility in Fort Worth, Shabbot stole a computer indicator from inventory. He then forged another repair facility’s information on a return-to-service tag, indicating the part was in good working order and could be installed on an aircraft. Shabbot then advertised and sold the computer indicator on eBay.
A cargo loader beneath a Moroccan Boeing 767 caught fire November 5 shortly after the aircraft’s arrival at Montreal Pierre Trudeau International Airport last week. Ground crews had just begun unloading passenger bags when a conveyor belt pushed against the aircraft’s cargo door overheated, igniting the blaze. Two of the 250 passengers aboard were treated for smoke inhalation while five others were transported to hospital with varying injuries. A phone camera video recorded some of the efforts to evacuate passengers.
Flight-testing at Toulouse, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, has proved that a reliable alternative to an ILS signal can be produced with a GNSS constellation and single-frequency input signal. Eurocontrol’s Sesar air traffic management research team worked with equipment manufacturers Thales, Indra-Navia, Honeywell and Thales Avionics using a ground-based augmentation system (GBAS). Further testing at both airports is expected to resume in the middle of next year.