The pilot and sole occupant of a Bell 206B died when he apparently lost situational awareness and control of his aircraft in rain and smoke conditions shortly after takeoff from a remote lake in southeast Manitoba. This conclusion came from a recently released Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) final report into the July 2013 accident.
The NBAA Access Committee last week reported forming a new weather subcommittee to focus on improvements to aviation weather information delivery and flight safety. NBAA president Ed Bolen said the subcommittee will fully support the general aviation weather initiatives managed by the FAA and other government agencies and also strive to improve current and predictive information.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters Monday that the pilots of the Air Algerie that crashed in Mali last Thursday had asked air traffic controllers for permission to turn back toward their point of departure after they changed course due to a storm in the area (story first posted on July 25 and updated July 28 at 4:11 pm EDT) .
The FAA said numerous pilot deviation reports–some involving loss-of-separation violations–have been filed surrounding the use of the relatively new “climb via” phraseology instituted in early April.
The FAA said an updated draft of advisory circular (AC) 90-114A was created to facilitate operations using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology to remain in compliance with Part 91.225 and 91.227, required after Jan. 1, 2020. The AC applies to all U.S. operators intending to use ADS-B and provides guidance for the authorization of additional ADS-B Out and ADS-B In operations and their associated aircraft qualification and maintenance requirements.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s inspector general’s office (IG) has significant concerns about the FAA’s plan to integrate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System. The FAA will miss the August 2014 deadline for issuing a UAS rule, “due to unresolved technological, regulatory and privacy issues,” according to the IG.
Superior Air Parts and Christiansen Aviation have agreed to develop a supplemental type certificate (STC) to install Superior’s 180-hp Vantage engine on later-model Cessna 172R and -S models. A Skyhawk SV equipped with a mockup of the Vantage is on display at the Superior Air Parts AirVenture booth (No. 257).
Safe Flight invented the stall warning horn in 1946, and refined the concept with its “lift transducer” beginning in 1953. Now the company is at EAA AirVenture 2014 with a new product–the SCx Leading Edge AoA (angle of attack) indicator. It’s priced to be competitive with other AoA indicators, especially considering its $200 show discount. AirVenture buyers will pay $1,295 when they buy a system at the Safe Flight booth (No. 18). The regular price is still-attractive at $1,495.
Airbus is working hard to complete A350 flight testing, which it hopes to close by the end of next month in preparation for formal European Aviation Safety Agency airworthiness approval in September. Principal remaining work involves long-range flights now under way following a maximum-energy rejected take-off (MERTO) demonstration at Istres Air Force Base in France on July 19. By July 22, the five A350 test aircraft had logged more than 2,250 hours during about 540 flights involving more than 1,380 takeoff/landing cycles.
Though second-quarter revenues and profits dipped slightly at Gulfstream Aerospace, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer still recorded a “strong” quarter, Phebe Novakovic, chairman and CEO at parent company General Dynamics, said yesterday during an investor conference call. Revenues at the aerospace division, which also includes Jet Aviation, came in at $1.995 billion during the quarter, down from $2.053 billion a year ago.