Plato may have been correct when he said, “Only the dead have seen the end of war,” but apparently that does not apply to flight instruction. At least not according to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
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The number of runway incursions in the first two months of this year dropped more than 50 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the FAA. Agency statistics show that in January and February there were 31 incursions (14 and 17, respectively) vs 57 (24 and 33, respectively) in the first two months of last year.
Once again, an emergency AD (No. 2002-23-51) has mandated no further flight of the roughly 360 Bell 407 helicopters currently in service. The November 13 AD was prompted by two reported failures of the stud from a swashplate drivelink assembly. One or both swashplate drivelink cup washers may have been installed incorrectly.
With ever larger numbers of ultra-long-range business jets taking to the skies, individual complaints about dry air in the cabin have grown to a chorus of demands for humidifiers. But while manufacturers would like to oblige, most have yet to come up with a system that is both airplane and people friendly.
More than 200 pilots and other crewmembers representing 94 different business aircraft operators attended Bombardier’s sixth annual Safety Standdown, held in Wichita from October 22 to 24. The free three-day event provided recurrent and update training for business aircraft crews and included hands-on training simulations and presentations covering fatigue countermeasures, aviation psychology, applied aerodynamics and professional airmanship.
Laval, Ontario-based Amphitech International received a limited STC for its Oasys helicopter obstacle avoidance radar as installed aboard the Bell 212. Oasys can penetrate fog, rain, smoke and haze to alert helo crews of potential dangers such as power lines, towers, buildings, terrain, trees and air traffic. Work on an STC authorizing Oasys installation aboard Eurocopter AS 350s is under way.
Because corporate flight crews operate sophisticated aircraft in an ever-changing environment, a periodic review of the aviation department operations manual is a must. While some factors and considerations may be new, many specifics essentially remain the same but may require some minor adjustments.
You may have seen the ad featuring a picture of a stereotypical pilot in cool sunglasses and touting: “Fighter Pilot Requirements: Lightning Reflexes, Nerves of Steel, 20/20 Vision. Lasik. We’ve got the vision part covered.” For professional pilots whose vision is correctable to 20/20 with contacts or glasses, ads like this may tempt them to want to toss their glasses or contacts out the window.
“Grab your fast food and join us for lunch” was how the invitation opened. Personnel from the ATC center at Bradley International Airport (BDL) in, Windsor Locks, Conn., conducted a noon seminar on September 4, sponsored by Signature Flight Support and the New England Air Museum, where it was held.
Edinburgh, Scotland-based The First Call offers “first-person-on-the-scene training” for aircraft crews, and it also advises on equipment specification and selection. Through its team of accident and emergency specialists at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, it also provides on-call medical advice and support via satcom or HF/VHF radio.