Flight Operations Quality Assurance

November 12, 2012 - 1:35pm

The FAA, airlines and aviation labor unions have launched a partnership with the NTSB to share summarized safety information to help prevent accidents. The information to be shared through the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (Asias) will help the NTSB determine if an accident is unique or an indication of systemic risks.

October 31, 2012 - 9:40am

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions (Booth No. 2893) is installing its automated flight information reporting system AFIRS 228 on Hawker 750 through 900XP models operating in Europe. Fractional ownership provider NetJets Europe will be the first to benefit from the new supplemental type certificate (STC).

EASA has granted the Calgary, Canada-based firm an “activation STC,” as a follow-on to a “provisions-only STC.” The provisions systems, already installed on 10 of NetJets Europe’s Hawkers, include the tray, wiring and antenna. NetJets Europe has ordered 30 AFIRS 228 complete kits.

October 29, 2012 - 9:15am

Early next year, the Flight Safety Foundation (Booth No. 3532) expects to publish operational guidelines for its members on the conduct of stabilized approaches, according to COO Kevin Hiatt. The guidelines arise from analysis of trends gathered from corporate flight-operational quality assurance (C-FOQA) data.

July 16, 2012 - 4:10pm

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) released the first of its top 10 ideas for reducing helicopter accidents, on July 10. Number one is to develop and install flight data monitoring equipment to record the actions of the flight crew.

July 9, 2012 - 6:30pm

Pratt & Whitney Canada has been awarded a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration supplemental type certificate for its flight-data acquisition storage and transmission (FAST) engine-diagnostic system for the Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 regional turboprop.

February 12, 2012 - 1:45pm

Sagem Avionics, part of the Safran group, is at Booth No. 7517 celebrating Slave Lake Helicopters’ selection of Sagem’s Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS) for its new Eurocopter AS350 B3e. That machine joins three others in the Slave Lake fleet, an AS350 B2, an EC120 and a Bell 206 B3, all with the Sagem ICDS.

January 9, 2012 - 6:25pm
Indian aviation officials have reported safety concerns at Kingfisher Airlines

A controversy is raging over the safety practices of India’s airlines following the partial “leak” of a financial audit from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The report indicated that poor safety practices may be endemic in the Indian air transport sector.

December 4, 2011 - 12:45am

Oil-and-gas service company PHI has selected Sagem’s AGS flight operations monitoring system for its helicopter fleet. AGS is a ground-based solution that reads and analyzes flight data from aircraft. PHI will be using it as part of its line activity monitoring program (Lamp).

October 31, 2011 - 8:11am

First there was flight operational quality assurance (FOQA), which analyzes flight data to improve pilot performance, and now there is SOQA, which compares simulator-derived data with FOQA data.

October 11, 2011 - 8:30pm

Flight Data Systems (Booth No. 7015) is at this year’s NBAA show highlighting its line of ground-support equipment, which interfaces with flight-data recorders to download data files for flight analysis and replay. It makes not only data download equipment but also flight replay software that includes 3-D flight path reconstruction.