Archive | March, 2010

Glass Cockpits Not Safer Than Traditional Instruments

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 — David Evans


Glass Cockpits Not Safer Than Traditional Instruments

New integrated instrument displays in general aviation (GA) aircraft have led to an increase in fatal accidents. It is apparent that pilots are not able to assimilate in their minds the new displays and make prudent decisions. The new displays may in fact lead to an increase in over confident risk taking. This tendency can […]

Lack of Supervision – A Comparison

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 — David Evans


Recall the case of a child radioing takeoff clearance to an airliner at JFK International Airport and think about this: a supervised child in the tower seems a bit safer than an unsupervised one in the cockpit. (See Aviation Safety Journal, ‘Air Traffic Controller Suspended After Child Directs JFK Flights’) It was 16 years ago, […]

Accidents & Incidents 03/15

Monday, March 15, 2010 — Admin


Date Aircraft Type Narrative Casualties Remarks Airline and Corporate 5 July Connemara Airport (EICA), Ireland Cessna 208B Reg: N208EC Destroyed when it impacted terrain while on approach to Connemara Airport. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The Irish Air Accident investigators reported that the airplane crashed on approach to runway 23 […]

Air Traffic Controllers Suspended After Children Direct JFK Flights

Friday, March 5, 2010 — David Evans


“All unofficial visits to FAA air traffic control … towers and radar rooms will be suspended during the investigation,” declares a 3 March Federal Aviation Administration statement after news reports indicated that two children visiting the JFK airport control tower and actually talked on the microphone with airplanes. Note the careful wording of this statement: “Unofficial […]

Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 — David Evans


A ceiling panel hinge affects electrical wiring; a drip shield needs drain holes plugged to prevent an explosion; an emergency airworthiness directive for a Eorocopter; a hydraulic leak that can cause loss of fire suppression

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