Preliminary Report: Hard Landing Damages AStar
FAA airworthiness directive AD 2014-16-21, effective October 2, will require operators of Dassault Falcon 7X trijets to replace certain pintle pins in the left- and right-hand main landing gear. The agency found that some pintle pins in the Messier-Bugatti-Dowty landing gear had been incorrectly corrosion-protected, which could cause them to shear under normal load and lead to collapse during takeoff or landing.
Operators for the first time successfully launched and recovered a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, the service said. They achieved the feat on August 18, launching an AeroVironment Puma AE from the flight deck of the Coast Guard cutter Healy, under way in the Arctic Ocean.
Despite an estimated $535 million overage in aviation insurance claims this year stemming from the recent spate of foreign airline accidents (including two fatal crashes involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777s), Corporate Aviation Insurance Group president Matt Drummelsmith doesn’t expect any effect on insurance premiums for U.S.-based aircraft operators.
Hong Kong-based L’Voyage has become the first independent air charter broker in Asia to uphold the Wyvern Broker Pledge and the Wingman Standard for air charter operations. Wyvern brokers are committed to having a safety program as part of their organization, and to promoting their commitment through the use of Wyvern data programs such as The Wingman Report, Safety Intelligence Report market intelligence and by running trip due-diligence reports on every trip.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) has recognized Landmark Aviation as a sustaining member. Landmark has shown commitment to the foundation’s vision of enhancing and improving safety through its financial support. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Landmark offers maintenance at several of its 59 U.S. locations and 16 FBOs in Europe and Canada. “I believe the ACSF is one of the key drivers of safety and standards in the industry.
An EASA rule that takes effect in October opens the door to offshore oil-and-gas helicopter passengers’ using personal electronic devices (PED), but operators seem unlikely to go ahead with the much-desired change. The Annex 4 of Part-CAT grants exceptions to the general principle–no PED use in flight–and makes it clear that implementation is at the discretion of the operator. A company can thus allow the use of PEDs during all phases of flight, though transmitting PEDs such as cellphones are not allowed to be used during taxi, takeoff and landing.
Iceland’s meteorological office (IMO) lowered the risk level for an eruption at the Bardarbunga volcano to orange from red on August 24, but warned that there are “no indications that seismic activity is slowing down.” A day earlier, scientists had raised the threat warning to red.
The maintenance and operations letter released by Gulfstream last Monday–MOL-14-0024–emphasized the importance of a complete flight control check for “free and correct movement” before taking the active runway for takeoff. Last week’s letter follows another published in June shortly after the crash of a GIV-SP near Boston.
The 45th annual seminar of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) will be held October 13 to 16 at the Stamford Hotel in Glenelg, near Adelaide, Australia. The theme for this year’s seminar is investigations and safety management systems. ISASI members include professional aircraft accident investigators and analysts from 60 countries.