Accidents, Safety, Security and Training » Safety

News and information on safety procedures and concerns.

January 6, 2014 - 2:50pm

The Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) continues to receive reports indicating that pilots’ ability to maintain real-world awareness can be eroded by over-reliance on (often highly dependable) programmed control of the aircraft.

January 6, 2014 - 2:45pm

The European Space Agency’s Galileo satellites recently achieved their first successful in-flight tracking of a test machine using aircraft-generated longitude, latitude and altitude. A pair of Galileo test receivers was used aboard the aircraft, the same kind currently employed for Galileo field-testing.

January 6, 2014 - 2:40pm

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) says in a December 2013 report that a manufacturing defect by Bell Helicopter caused eight feet of a 206L LongRanger’s main rotor blades to separate in flight on Nov. 2, 2011. The pilot and two passengers were killed when the aircraft, operated by Sunrise Helicopters, subsequently crashed shortly after takeoff from Kapuskasing in Ontario.

January 6, 2014 - 2:30pm

A UK inquiry into the April 2009 fatal crash of a Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma in the North Sea begins today in Aberdeen, Scotland. Operated by Bond Helicopters, the rotorcraft suffered a main rotor gearbox failure and crashed into the sea off the Aberdeenshire coast while returning from an oil platform. The accident killed the two pilots and all 14 passengers aboard.

January 6, 2014 - 2:25pm

The European Commission last month issued its updated list of airlines banned from European Union airspace for safety concerns. New to the list are carriers from Nepal. Some progress on safety improvements was noted in the Philippines, Sudan and Zambia.

January 6, 2014 - 2:20pm

Two Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduate students–Diana Cobas and Georgina Lopez–are studying the impact some new cockpit technologies might have on preventing runway excursions. They invite pilots with experience of both traditional runway excursions, as well as those related to new technology, will take their anonymous survey.

January 6, 2014 - 2:15pm

New Zealand’s Christchurch International Airport has won the 2013 Safety Award from theAustralasian Aviation Ground Safety Council (AAGSC). The facility was selected after of its management installed CCTV monitors around the airport to keep staff up to date on ground traffic issues. Another factor was the airport’s new ramp lights, designed to prevent injury to ground personnel. The lights are activated when aircraft are about to push back from the terminal.

January 6, 2014 - 2:10pm

A 59-year-old man working near the north cargo area of Logan International Airport was killed December 31 when he was run over by a truck on the ramp. Although the truck was traveling in reverse at the time it struck the victim, the reason behind bad damage to the vehicle’s windshield has not yet been explained.

January 3, 2014 - 3:40am

The FAA is reissuing and revising a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SW-08-03R4) covering recommendations for rotorcraft powered by turboshaft engines flying into snowy or icy conditions. The SAIB describes procedures to reduce the probability of an uncommanded in-flight engine shutdown due to snow and/or ice ingestion and reminds operators that most helicopters are not approved/equipped for flight into icing conditions.

January 3, 2014 - 12:35am
Bond parent company Avincis Group is working with fellow North Sea operators Bristow and CHC on ways to standardize their procedures.

Raising commonality in the way different companies operate the same helicopter type will be among the subjects of the safety review launched by North Sea operators Bristow, Avincis and CHC.

 
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