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Sleeping Controller Unaware of Airplane Landings

Friday, March 25, 2011 — David Evans

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Sleeping Controller Unaware of Airplane Landings

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration, Randy Babbitt, said he is “personally outraged” that a sleeping controller in Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA) tower caused two airliners to land without benefit of guidance or assistance. Perhaps the outrage should be focused on FAA policies that caused the lone controller to fall asleep. This fiasco […]

Emergency Oxygen Need Not Come From a Chemical Canister

Thursday, March 24, 2011 — David Evans

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Emergency Oxygen Need Not Come From a Chemical Canister

For an “all or nothing” solution, the option of “nothing” is an unnecessary risk. Yet this option is the preferred choice in the recent action by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to eliminate emergency oxygen from aircraft lavatories. (See Aviation Safety Journal, “Emergency Oxygen Ordered Removed From Lavatories”) On 10 February 2011 the FAA ordered […]

Emergency Oxygen Ordered Removed From Lavatories

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 — David Evans

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Emergency Oxygen Ordered Removed From Lavatories

The FAA has already initiated action to nullify the emergency oxygen supply to aircraft lavatories, but the reasons for this hasty action are not stated. Furthermore, the FAA’s own Technical Center reports indicate that an activated oxygen generator does not generate enough heat to ignite cardboard or other packing materials. Significant Regulatory & Related Activity […]

Accidents & Incidents 02.13.11 – 02.28.11

Friday, March 18, 2011 — David Evans

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Accidents & Incidents 02.13.11 – 02.28.11

Air Carrier (Part 121) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. Narrative Casualties Comments 13 Feb New York-La Guardia Airport NY Delta Air Lines flight #2879 MD-88 Reg: No data A fuel truck struck the right wing tip of the aircraft while it was on ramp. Nonfatal Aircraft sustained minor damage. Air Taxi and On Demand (Part 135) Date/Location Aircraft/Reg. […]

Crash Reveals Regulatory ‘Black Hole’

Friday, March 11, 2011 — David Evans

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Crash Reveals Regulatory ‘Black Hole’

For a picture of a sloppy operation which ended tragically, look no further than the takeoff crash of a firefighting helicopter in California in 2008. The case involves the intentional falsification of weight documents, the use of unapproved performance calculations, the flight crew’s failure to address issues relating to operating the helicopter at its maximum […]

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