Archive | October, 2009

Failing the Test of Transparency

Friday, October 30, 2009 — David Evans


Before the end of this year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hopes to have a new proposed regulation on flight and duty time posted for public comment. “Scientifically based” rules accounting for sleep debt, circadian rhythm disruption and other factors are badly needed. Not only are updated rules one of the National Transportation Safety Board’s […]

Pilots of Northwest Jet Facing Loss of Licenses

Thursday, October 29, 2009 — David Evans


The two Northwest Airline pilots who overflew their Minneapolis destination 21 October by more than 100 miles face emergency revocation of their Air Transport Pilot (ATP) licenses and likely termination by the airline. Pilot inattention – in this case aggravated by the improper use of laptop computers – is a continuing problem in highly automated […]

Hard Landing Records Forces ‘Off the Page’

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 — David Evans


For a good illustration of what the term “ultimate load” means, look no further than the 4 August hard landing of an Azores-based carrier SATA airplane, in which the landing gear and associated structure of the Airbus A320 was damaged. An interim report, in Portuguese, was just issued by the Portuguese accident investigation board, GPIAA […]

Significant Regulatory & Other Activity

Monday, October 26, 2009 — David Evans


Significant regulatory activity includes: (1) FAA proposed Maneuvering speed definition, an outgrowth of the 2001 American Airlines A300-600crash in New York city, 2) continuing anti-ice equipment problems for the Bombardier CL-600, 3) an NRPM on fuel tank inerting that may represent a step back to the "belt and suspenders" model for safety, and 4) an emergency AD for Sikorsky S-92A gear boxwa that raises the question, how many cracks must be found before immediate grounding is appropriate.

New Legislation Allows FAA to Substitute Classroom Exposure for Cockpit Experience

Sunday, October 25, 2009 — David Evans


New Legislation Allows FAA to Substitute Classroom Exposure for Cockpit Experience

The House of Representatives passed a comprehensive piece of aviation safety legislation that contains a fatal flaw and the whole initiative may be undermined by entrenched opposition. On 14 October 2009 the House passed H.R. 3371, the “Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act” by an overwhelming majority: 409 to 11. A similar bill in […]

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