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September 15, 2014, 12:32 PM

Indian domestic airlines have voiced opposition to a Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) draft policy on regional and remote connectivity that permits nonscheduled (charter) companies to fly regular service to remote destinations under code-share arrangements with schedule

September 15, 2014, 12:23 PM

Air France pilots on September 15 launched a week-long strike, forcing the airline to cancel 52 percent of its flights.

September 15, 2014, 11:40 AM

The operator of the Battersea Heliport in London warned authorities of the danger of flying helicopters near a Thames River construction site four years before an AgustaWestland AW109 collided with a building crane in the St. George Wharf development on Jan. 16, 2013, according to the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch. Cloud ceilings were low and visibility poor on the morning of the accident.

September 15, 2014, 11:36 AM

Pilots of aircraft approaching the Washington, D.C., area were again reminded on September 11 of the opportunity to fly one of two NextGen arrival procedures created to commemorate the 9/11 attacks on the nation’s capital in 2001. The arrivals also pay tribute to members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. According

September 15, 2014, 11:35 AM

The U.S. helicopter safety team (USHST) last week said the current accident rate of 3.94 accidents per 100,000 flight hours, measured over the first seven months of this year, represents a 51-percent decline compared with the 2001-2005 baseline determined by the International Helicopter Safety Team, the group’s parent organization. These numbers represent a 22-percent reduction compared with the 5.06 rate posted for 2009 alone and a 12-percent reduction from the 4.46 rate posted for 2012.

September 15, 2014, 11:25 AM

The probable cause of the August 2013 crash of a UPS Airlines Airbus A300 freighter was the flight crew’s continuation of an unstabilized approach, as well as their failure to monitor the aircraft’s altitude when they descended below the minimum descent altitude without having the runway in sight. The U.S.

September 15, 2014, 11:25 AM

A legal settlement reached last week established a standard of care for the use of meteorological evaluation towers (MET) for wind prospecting in agricultural areas. The precedent-setting case resulted in the award of $6.7 million to the family of an agricultural pilot in a wrongful-death suit.

September 15, 2014, 11:20 AM

The preliminary accident report the Dutch Safety Board released last week into the July 17 crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 said the aircraft was downed after “impacts from a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft,” widely believed to be a surface-to-air missile.

September 15, 2014, 11:15 AM

The NTSB said the Aug. 27, 2014, crash of an emergency medical services Cessna 421 shortly after takeoff from Las Cruces, N.M., was caused by a line crew member mistakenly adding 40 gallons of jet-A, rather than 100LL fuel, to the piston-powered aircraft. Although the pilot gave the fuel order verbally, neither he nor the line service technician apparently noticed the mismatch between the aircraft’s fuel requirements and what was printed on the side of the fuel truck, or what was apparently printed on the fuel receipt the pilot signed before departure.

September 15, 2014, 11:10 AM

Controller-pilot datalink communication (CPDLC) services will be launched in Hungarian airspace beginning next February to improve air safety, as well as to increase airspace efficiency. CPDLC capabilities for ATC become mandatory from February next year as a part of the Single European Sky program for harmonizing air traffic management.