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October 28, 2014, 10:15 AM

United Airlines began flying the world’s longest regularly scheduled Dreamliner route on Sunday with its launch of nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne with its first Boeing 787-9. The route keeps the newest Dreamliner model airborne for some 15 hours, 45 minutes westbound, and 14 hours, 35 minutes eastbound. Carrying 252 passengers, United’s 787-9s fly the service six times a week, competing directly against Qantas Airbus A380s. United’s entry into the Los Angeles-Melbourne market follows almost immediately after Virgin Australia’s withdrawal.

October 27, 2014, 10:40 PM
U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

A recently formed “fusion cell” of government and airline industry security analysts helped guide the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

October 27, 2014, 1:45 PM

Dr. Perry Inhofe, the pilot of a Mitsubishi MU-2B that crashed on November 13 last year while on approach to Tulsa International Airport, lost control of the aircraft after failing to manage a one-engine-inoperative situation, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The MU-2 was not equipped with a flight data recorder and was not required to be.

October 27, 2014, 1:40 PM

Paying attention is the most effective way to prevent becoming an accident statistic,” according to BJ Ransbury, “because it’s the most important element for preventing an aircraft upset in the first place.”

October 27, 2014, 1:35 PM

Last week’s final report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on the crash of a Beechcraft Premier I in Georgia on February 20 last year points to the pilot’s failure to follow a number of abnormal system procedures listed in the airplane flight manual, as well as his overall lack of systems knowledge. The Board also specifically cited fatigue stemming from acute sleep loss made worse by the pilot’s ineffective use of opportunities to rest during an extended duty day.

October 27, 2014, 1:30 PM

In the unending efforts to improve flight safety, there are increasingly useful resources available to pilots online. For instance, NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) site allows a pilot, controller, mechanic or cabin crewmember to admit an operational mistake and avoid FAA prosecution, assuming the incident was not intentional. ASRS produces a monthly newsletter, Callback, with snippets of the best safety reports reviewed during the previous month, minus the names. The site also offers a searchable incident database.

October 27, 2014, 1:25 PM

Ellen Saracini, a Pennsylvania resident and the widow of United Airlines Flight 175 pilot Victor Saracini, last week continued her push through a series of videos to convince the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure committee to support installation of secondary cockpit security barriers on airliners. The cockpit of United 175 was one of four breached on 9/11.

October 27, 2014, 1:20 PM

Traffic operating to Bermuda’s L.F. Wade Airport (TXKF) this week can expect a local radar outage to cause delays from October 28 through October 30. Once local non-radar procedures are implemented, traffic departing U.S. and Canadian airports for TXKF must file flight plans to one of the following fixes, then via the appropriate airway to BDA: ANVER M590 BDA, DASER M592 BDA, M326/M327 BDA (via JIMAC) or M329 BDA (via BALTN).

October 27, 2014, 1:15 PM

The FAA on October 23 issued online resource guidance to assist the aviation industry in dealing with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The website looks at questions such as the agency’s authority to restrict flights to and from areas where the infection is present, as well as crewmember actions should they suspect someone aboard their aircraft might be carrying the infection.

October 27, 2014, 1:10 PM

Eighty ground vehicles at Toronto Pearson International Airport will soon be equipped with ADS-B-driven Squid transmitters to continuously track the position of tugs, de-icing equipment and fire and rescue vehicles. The new technology will minimize the risk of runway incursions, especially during low-visibility conditions. The Squid vehicle tracking system, built by Czech Republic-based ERA, is also used in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Singapore.

 

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