Aviation

July 3, 2013 - 12:45am

After investigating three accidents in which airplanes inadvertently collided with meteorological evaluation towers (METs), resulting in four fatalities, the NTSB has recommended that the FAA require that all METs be registered, marked and lighted where feasible.

METs are temporary structures used to measure wind speed and direction during the development of wind energy generator facilities. They can be erected quickly and, depending on their location, without notice to the local aviation community.

July 2, 2013 - 7:18pm
Hang gliding

Rod Machado, a prolific aviation author and educator, is a voice of reason when it comes to how we can improve aviation safety, and his recent comments in response to an FAA notice on new training standards put a fresh spin on an old problem.

July 2, 2013 - 3:50pm

Industry stakeholders should take a “careful approach” in recommending funding and other structural reforms to the U.S. aviation system, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen told attendees at a NextGen symposium on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association and Air Line Pilots Association International sponsored the event.

July 2, 2013 - 3:30pm

The FAA issued a final rule today that prohibits jets with an mtow of 75,000 pounds or less from operating in the contiguous U.S. after Dec. 31, 2015, unless they meet Stage 3 noise levels. To take effect on September 3, the rule could affect up to 599 civil jets, though any of these aircraft that are hushkitted or otherwise modified to meet Stage 3 standards will be permitted to operate in the U.S. in 2016 and beyond.

July 2, 2013 - 3:10pm

BAE Systems has won a contract to provide the spoiler control electronics for the new Boeing 737 Max, the UK-based company announced Tuesday. The deal boosts BAE’s comparatively small but resurgent civil business at a time of sagging defense spending.

July 2, 2013 - 5:10am
With Xplore, Arinc Direct offers an Iridium-based Acars and text messaging system.

With the new Xplore system Arinc Direct is jumping into the market for small portable Iridium-powered onboard communications devices that use Apple’s iPad as the control/display unit for cockpit and cabin data services.

Xplore is a small box, two inches thick and no larger than an iPad, that users will carry onto the aircraft, thus no installation of an avionics unit is required. Xplore needs to be attached to power and to an external dual Iridium/GPS antenna to enable communication with Iridium satellites.

July 2, 2013 - 4:55am

Avionics manufacturer Thales is leading a €30 million ($39 million) research project to investigate the possibility of single-pilot airliner operations. Named Across (advanced cockpit for reduction of stress and workload), the project started in January and is slated to last three-and-a-half years. Its primary aim is to help crews deal with peak workload and pilot incapacitation (including automated landing in the latter instance).

July 2, 2013 - 4:55am

Avionics manufacturer Thales is leading a €30 million ($39 million) research project to investigate the possibility of single-pilot airliner operations. Named Across (advanced cockpit for reduction of stress and workload), the project started in January and is slated to last three-and-a-half years. Its primary aim is to help crews deal with peak workload and pilot incapacitation (including automated landing in the latter instance).

July 2, 2013 - 3:10am
Bombardier Dash 8-100s receiving 80,000-flight cycle inspections under an extended-service program require replacement of about 100 components, including the horizontal stabilizer (aircraft up to MSN 342), and various actuators, manifolds, pressure switches, valves and other components.

Five Bombardier Dash 8-100 regional turboprops at Norway’s Widerøe’s Flyveselskap had undergone 80,000-flight cycle (FC) inspections by last month as part of an extended-service program (ESP) approved by Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in 2009. Of the 299 Dash 8-100s built, some 100 constitute the near-term market for the life-extension modifications, according to the manufacturer. Bombardier expects a further 128 will reach the 80,000-cycle threshold during the coming nine years.

July 2, 2013 - 2:15am

A helicopter air ambulance belonging to Ontario’s provincially funded service, Ornge, crashed shortly after takeoff May 31, killing its four-man crew of two pilots and two flight paramedics. The 1980 Sikorsky S-76A took off from rural Moosonee along St. James Bay at 12:10 a.m. en route to the remote First Nation village of Attawapiskat for a patient pick-up. It crashed almost immediately after takeoff into a densely wooded area less than 3,000 feet off the airport and burned.

 
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