The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) of the UK’s Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) lays claim to being the world’s oldest team of aircraft crash investigators, dating its origins to 1915 as part of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC).
Cockpit voice recorder
The NTSB has had longstanding concerns about the lack of cockpit voice recorder (CVR) information following reportable accidents or incidents. And although there are requirements about retaining CVR information–FAR 135.151(c) and 121.359(f)–the Safety Board wants the FAA to take stronger action by requiring deactivation of the CVR after an incident or accident and requiring a functional check of the device before each flight of the day.
The FAA is mandating updated aircraft cockpit voice and flight data recorders for airplanes with 10 or more seats and operating under Parts 121, 125 or 135. These improved devices–which are due by March 7, 2012, for in-service airplanes–will yield more data for accident and incident investigators. The rule also mandates these enhancements on all newly built aircraft and helicopters after March 7, 2010.
American Eurocopter and the Bristow Group’s Air Logistics unit have partnered separately with “augmented reality solutions” provider Appareo Systems (Booth No. 4537) to develop a low-cost device that is intended to provide some of the safety and training benefits of fully certified cockpit voice and flight data recorders.
An FAA safety alert cautioning Embraer Legacy pilots against resting their foot on a footrest near the instrument panel because they might inadvertently put the transponder into standby mode has the aviation world scratching its head.
Cockpit voice recordings leaked late last month from the Embraer Legacy that collided with the Gol Airlines 737 over the Amazon last September indicate that the two business-jet pilots were very much aware of their position and altitude, despite earlier reports to the contrary. The transcript shows the Legacy crew correctly checked in at their assigned altitude of FL370, which was confirmed by ATC.
Cockpit voice recordings from the Embraer Legacy that collided with the Gol Airlines 737 over the Amazon last September indicate that the two business-jet pilots were very much aware of their position and altitude, despite earlier reports to the contrary. The transcript shows the Legacy crew checked in at their assigned altitude of FL370 at 1850Z.
Cypriot and Italian salvage crews today found the flight data recorder from the Tuninter ATR 72-200 that crashed off the northern coast of Sicily on August 6. Yesterday they retrieved the cockpit voice recorder and recovered the bodies of three missing occupants among the remaining wreckage at the bottom of the Tyrrhenian Sea, 14 nm northeast of Palermo.
On April 6, 1994, the Rwandan government’s Falcon 50 was shot down over Africa, killing all aboard, including the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi. The incident sparked a year of genocide in Rwanda. It was never reported if the aircraft’s cockpit voice recorder was ever recovered–not until last month, that is.
Responding to an NTSB reiteration for cockpit voice recorder (CVR) installations in all new turbine-powered aircraft, the National Air Transportation Association said it cannot support the recommendations because there has been no cost-benefit analysis or assessment of the impact on small business.