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News and information on safety procedures and concerns.

August 31, 2008 - 1:43pm

The FAA has issued a proposed Airworthiness Directive for GE CF34 turbofan engines with high-pressure-rotor, four-step, air-balance-piston, stationary seals to remove these seals and incorporate an eight-step seal at the next piece-part exposure.

August 29, 2008 - 1:05pm

With the recent wildfires in Northern California reaching historic proportions, the human toll rose as a helicopter ferrying an 11-member firefighting crew from the front lines crashed on August 5, resulting in nine fatalities (see story on facing page).

August 29, 2008 - 1:00pm

Losing sleep is more than simply an inconvenience. Good slumber is essential for good health and clear mental and emotional functioning, and for this reason sleep disorders should concern pilots and maintenance technicians.

August 29, 2008 - 6:13am

The FAA and Pratt & Whitney Canada believe they have found the cause of at least three high-
altitude, dual-engine flameouts on Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5-powered airplanes operating in certain meteorological conditions. In a proposed Airworthiness

August 26, 2008 - 11:13am

The FAA and Pratt & Whitney Canada believe they have found the cause of three high-altitude double engine flameouts on Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5-powered Beechjets between mid-2004 and mid-2006.

August 14, 2008 - 11:53am

European Aeronautical Group has launched a redesigned format for its Navtech Aerocharts. Among the changes introduced are new formats for page numbering and airport name, new style text, boxes showing communications data, new symbology, presentation of takeoff minimums for the aerodrome charts and the depiction of landing minimums. However, the new Aerocharts have drawn staunch criticism from professional pilots on online message boards.

August 12, 2008 - 10:59am

Holders of DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) clearances will be permitted to operate through the temporary flight restriction (TFR) areas surrounding the Republican National Convention in the vicinity of Minneapolis/St. Paul from September 1 to 4. Only current DASSP operators, of which there are more than 200, are eligible.

August 11, 2008 - 9:42am

As we round the corner past the U.S. Labor Day weekend, thoughts of cold-weather operation begin to make their unwelcome presence felt, especially among operators of unhangared aircraft. Cranking up a mechanically complex aircraft on a subzero morning can put lifetime-limiting stresses on drivetrains. This is especially true when it comes to rotorcraft, with their high number of crucial moving parts.

August 11, 2008 - 7:24am

As the global marketplace continues to reduce the size of the world, we not only embrace the languages, cuisine and customs of other cultures; we find ourselves in turn embraced by a growing array of deadly airborne pathogens. The most recent was SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which some health officials believe will reappear this winter.

August 8, 2008 - 10:02am

The Regional Airline Association last month lambasted the FAA for the agency’s highly publicized drop test of an ATR 42-300 turboprop in Atlantic City, N.J. The FAA said the July 30 test would help it assess the need for dynamically tested seats

 
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