“Behavioral drift” poses the single greatest risk to aviation professionalism and safety, according to Bill Grimes, CitationAir vice president for safety. During an NBAA podcast, Grimes said that while solid adherence to company and industry procedures is a core element of professionalism, outside influences can cause pilots to drift. “As the norms of an organization are eroded, they’re replaced by work-arounds that eventually set new standards,” he said. “People start cutting corners.
A Canadian Coast Guard MBB (Eurocopter) Bo-105 on a research support flight crashed into the Arctic Sea on September 10, killing all three people aboard. The helicopter was operating from the icebreaker Amundsen when it went down in the M’Clure Strait off the coast of Banks Island in the Western Arctic.
A large helicopter crashed last month near Norfolk, Va., and not only wasn’t the National Transportation Safety Board mobilized; it probably even had advance warning. The planned wreck was part of a continuing series of rotorcraft crash tests sponsored by NASA in partnership with the FAA, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army, dating back to 2009.
The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued type certification for the higher efficiency and thrust “package C” version of Rolls-Royce’s Trent 1000 engine. The approval comes ahead of the anticipated first flight of Boeing’s 787-9 widebody.
In the UK AAIB’s second update on the investigation into the August 23 Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma fatal accident, it appears the helicopter was “intact,” with “both engines delivering power,” when it struck the sea. The attitude was near level pitch with a slight right bank.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released a training video highlighting some near catastrophes that occurred after experienced pilots incorrectly entered takeoff data in the flight management computer aboard large airline aircraft, including a Boeing 747 and 767 and an Airbus A340.
New work rules governing occupational safety and health conditions for cabin crew will become effective September 26. The new rules will apply to anyone working aboard any aircraft that legally requires a cabin crewmember, whether operating under Part 121, 135 or 91 rules.
NASA researchers recently conducted drop tests of a Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight to test improved seats and seat belts. They recorded the crash from more than 350 data channels as the helicopter, suspended by cables, was dropped into a bed of soil from 30 feet up. Just before impact, pyrotechnic devices released the suspension cables from the helicopter to allow free flight toward impact with a forward speed of approximately 30 mph.
The recent report by Nepal’s Accident Investigation Commission on the crash of a Sita-Air Dornier Do-228 on September 28 last year at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (VNKT) cited a significant loss of power during the takeoff run as the first link in that accident’s chain of events. The aircraft stalled and crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 19 people aboard.
Temporary landing restrictions on foreign airlines at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO) in California have been withdrawn. Non-U.S. aircraft were banned in July from landing while another aircraft was using a parallel runway. Instituted shortly after the crash of Asiana Flight 214, a Boeing 777, on July 6, the ban was lifted with the recent return to service of the ILS for Runway 28L.