Fatigue

July 8, 2011 - 8:43am

Some days I feel like Richard Clarke the fateful summer before the tragedy of 9/11, when his hair was all on fire as his warnings about the mounting threats by Al Qaeda against the U.S. fell on deaf ears. We all know how that turned out.

June 28, 2011 - 5:10am

While fatigue has attracted the most attention as a cause of the recent well publicized air traffic controller errors, the Transportation Department’s top watchdog suggests that training and staffing may also play a large part.

May 28, 2011 - 4:05am

At the same time as the Southwest 737 Flight 812 debacle was unfolding–almost as rapidly as the fuselage skin tore off the aircraft shortly after departure from Phoenix–a book crossed my desk that could have been written for the aviation industry, and Boeing and Southwest in particular. But the FAA could also take a lesson.

May 25, 2011 - 6:10am

If there was any doubt that hundreds of safety-minded aviation professionals were in attendance during the second day of the 56th Annual Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (Cass) on April 21, that doubt was dispelled when the fire alarm sounded. Quick-thinking flight attendant Amy Nelson, at the podium delivering a presentation on cabin safety, reacted with professional flair. “This is not a drill,” she announced.

May 11, 2011 - 11:30am

The most recent FAA FAASTeam Maintenance Safety Tip conveys the FAA’s growing concern about fatigue, in this case technician fatigue. The issue has long been associated with pilots but rarely with technicians.

May 10, 2011 - 10:02am

At the same time as the Southwest 737 Flight 812 debacle was unfolding–almost as rapidly as the fuselage skin tore off the aircraft shortly after departure from Phoenix–a book crossed my desk that could have been written for the aviation industry, and Boeing and Southwest in particular. But the FAA could also take a lesson.

May 2, 2011 - 5:42am
Microscope examination revealed fatigue cracks emanating from at least 42 of ...

Misshapen and misaligned rivet holes in parts of the fuselage removed from a Southwest Airlines 737-300 has lent more credence to theories that a manufacturing flaw led to the eventual failure of the lap joint during an April 1 accident in which a five-foot-long tear developed in the roof of the airplane while en route from Phoenix to Sacramento. A rapid depressurization occurred at 34,000 feet, forcing the crew to divert to Yuma, Ariz.

May 1, 2011 - 7:10am

Eclipse Aerospace has completed fatigue testing of the Eclipse 500 and is in the process of assembling the data to submit to the FAA, company executive vice president Mike Press told AIN. Once it submits this data, Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse will seek to increase the Eclipse 500’s lifecycle limit from 10,000 to 20,000 cycles.

April 30, 2011 - 4:40am

Identifying traditionally covert symptoms of fatigue has always been difficult. But Boeing and Jeppesen have developed an iPhone app–CrewAlert–designed to function as a human fatigue early-warning system of sorts before fatigue-induced inattention causes an accident.

April 30, 2011 - 4:10am

On the surface at least, NBAA’s International Operators Conference (IOC) is always about technique: customs tips to import an aircraft for the most international flexibility, where a satcom system should fit into an aircraft’s equipment list or a remodeling update on that FBO in Tanzania.

 
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