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Archive | September, 2010

Mid-Air Collision Reveals Limitations of ‘See and Avoid’

Friday, September 17, 2010 — David Evans

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Mid-Air Collision Reveals Limitations of ‘See and Avoid’

What a difference a fatal midair collision had on the Teterboro air traffic controller who was not fully attentive to his job. There was joking and laughing during an extraneous telephone conversation in the control room before the accident. After the accident, the somber controller didn’t have much to say to investigators: “I cleared N71MC, […]

Accidents & Incidents 08.01.10 – 08.15.10

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 — David Evans

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Accidents and incidents for the first two weeks of August.

Designs for the Future Don’t Address Today’s Safety Problems

Friday, September 10, 2010 — David Evans

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Designs for the Future Don’t Address Today’s Safety Problems

Two workhorse airplanes of today could be replaced by radical new designs in 35 years, although there is an alternative scenario where the airline industry is a fraction of its current size. Beware of glitzy projections that the future will feature extensions of current technology and even more passenger-miles. If in three decades oil costs […]

Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

Thursday, September 9, 2010 — David Evans

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Significant Regulatory & Related Activity

New maintenance requirements for composites keep popping up, and the FAA issues an emergency directive for Bell 222 and 430 helicopters.

Not A Complete Solution to the Icing Threat

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 — David Evans

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By John Dow The following letter was submitted to the docket in response to the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on supercooled icing. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register 29 June and was featured in this publication’s “Significant Regulatory & Related Activity.” Comments on the NPRM were due 30 August. John Dow […]

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