Aviation safety
Pilot's artificial arm 'became detached while landing plane'
Friday, 15 August 2014 10:14

Dash 8 A pilot lost control of a passenger plane after his artificial arm became detached as he was coming in to land, an accident report has said.

The Flybe flight from Birmingham, with 47 passengers on board, was approaching Belfast City Airport in gusty conditions on 12 February.

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Asiana 214 Crew Errors Caused Accident, Rules NTSB
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:35

asiana 214The NTSB last week distributed 27 safety recommendations before issuing its findings on the probable cause of the July 6, 2013 crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 just short of Runway 28L at San Francisco International Airport.

The majority of the recommendations were issued to the FAA, with the remainder divided among Boeing, Asiana Airlines, the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Working Group and the city of San Francisco.

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Industry Agrees To Introduce Mandatory Aircraft Tracking
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 13:53

aircraft trackingAir transport industry groups and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have agreed a framework for developing a binding mandate for aircraft tracking.

At a two-day meeting that concluded on May 13 at ICAO’s Montreal headquarters, participants agreed to encourage voluntary expansion of flight monitoring by airlines ahead of an initial set of proposed new requirements being submitted to the United Nation’s aviation body by the end of September.

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NTSB recommends FAA, National Weather Service improve weather forecasts to pilots
Friday, 09 May 2014 13:53

ntsbThe National Transportation Safety Board said May 7 that the National Weather Service and the FAA should provide improved forecast services to pilots.

NTSB officials pointed to nine areas for the two agencies to provide better information. The recommendations were based on the NTSB’s accident investigations involving aircraft encountering weather conditions, such as adverse surface wind, dense fog, icing, turbulence, and low-level wind shear.

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Sikorsky proceeds with sensor-in-the-loop autonomous flights
Monday, 05 May 2014 13:17

sikorsky matrixSikorsky is proceeding with the second phase of flight-testing for its Sara demonstrator, an S-76 fitted with special equipment to expand operational automation.

Late last year the aircraft completed a fully autonomous mission that demonstrated Sara can take off from an airport, fly a pattern and return to the airport without any special sensors in the loop.

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Pilots Must Remain Alert While Flying Near San Antonio
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:26

military flight trainingPilots flying within 100 miles of San Antonio, Texas, should remain extremely vigilant for the large number of military training aircraft in the area, some flying as low as 500 feet agl at 400 knots.

The ceiling of the training boxes often extends to 18,000 feet. This safety reminder came from Major Cheryl Buehn, chief of flight safety for the U.S. Air Force’s 12th Flying Training Wing, based at Randolph AFB in San Antonio.

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Business Aviation Duty/Rest Guidelines Updated
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 09:11

duty restThe Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and NBAA released the 2014 version of their duty/rest guidelines for business aviation at last week’s FSF Business Aviation Safety Seminar (BASS) in San Diego.

The new guidelines update the original 1997 document and were drawn up “principally to consider scientific advances [in sleep research] in the intervening 17 years and to identify how those advances should influence today’s recommended practices for duty and rest scheduling.”

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Asiana Critical of Boeing 777’s Autothrottle Design
Thursday, 03 April 2014 13:49

Asiana BoeingWhile Asiana Airlines has not denied the culpability of its pilots in the loss of airspeed that ultimately caused the July 6 crash of one of the carrier’s Boeing 777-200ERs on approach to San Francisco International Airport, it has also blamed the design of the airplane itself, calling the warning system to alert the flight crew that the autothrottle stopped maintaining airspeed “inadequate.”

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FAA Updates Automated Clearance Procedures
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:13

pre-departure clearancesThe FAA published an update last week to the 13-year-old JO 7110.113D order governing procedures for issuing departure clearance using the pre-departure clearance (PDC) system available through the electronic control tower datalink system (TDLS).

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Accurate Animations Present Real-world Look at Accidents
Monday, 03 March 2014 10:25

An animationEver notice how everyone becomes an expert accident investigator within seconds of a crash?

Without facts, though, most of what the media reports is simply guesswork. That’s what happened after an Asiana Boeing 777 crashed short of Runway 28L at San Francisco International last July.

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