Boston Logan is First U.S. Airport To Use New FOD Tool

On November 15, Boston Logan International Airport’s Runway 9/27 became the first airport in the U.S. to install an Xsight FODetect, a system that automates the job of identifying foreign objects that could damage an aircraft during takeoff or landing. Using a small swiveling radar transmitter and sensor unit installed near the runway’s edge, theFODetect beam sweeps the runway…

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Operational Use of Flight Path Management Systems

The FAA have now published the Final Report of the Flight Deck Automation Working Group delivered to them on 8 September 2013. It is an extremely thorough evidence-based assessment of the problems which have accompanied the rapid advance in the level of automation. It is also the first comprehensive review of the subject since a 1996 FAA…

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Dutch Safety Board issues alert on unexpected autopilot behaviour on ILS approaches

The Dutch Safety Board is investigating a severe and sudden pitch-up upset during an ILS approach to Eindhoven Airport in 2013. The airspeed dropped rapidly to a near stall situation in which the stick shaker activated. The crew carried out a go-around. During the investigation the Board became aware of similar events. Analysis revealed that…

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Flying blind – Are go-arounds as safe as we always thought?

The Tatastan Air crash at Kazan is yet another piece of evidence that the kind of risk airlines face is changing. Perfectly serviceable aeroplanes are crashing because of pilot misjudgements or ignorance, and taking their crew and passengers to an unnecessary death. This may seem a harsh judgement to make only days after the event, but…

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New Obstructive Sleep Apnea Policy (FAA)

AOPA sent a letter yesterday to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, insisting that the agency withdraw its new policy on obstructive sleep apnea or, alternatively, go through the formal rulemaking process. The proposed policy would initially affect pilots who have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 40, but could later be expanded to include pilots with lower BMIs. Pilots who meet the…

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Boeing 767 crosses Atlantic after engine surge on departure

An Euro Atlantic Airways Boeing 767-300 on behalf of Suriname Airways, registration CS-TFT performing flight PY-993 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Paramaribo (Suriname), was in the initial climb out of Amsterdam’s runway 24 when the right hand engine emitted a huge bang heard by witnesses on the ground as well as passengers and cabin crew on…

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Boeing warns of engine icing risk on 747-8s and 787 ‘Dreamliner’

(Reuters) – Boeing (BA.N) advised airlines on Friday about a risk of engine icing problems on its new 747-8 and 787 Dreamliner planes with engines made by General Electric (GE.N), urging 15 carriers to avoid flying them near high-level thunderstorms. The warning led Japan Airlines (9101.T) to pull 787 Dreamliners from two international routes. Other affected airlines include Lufthansa (LHAG.DE), United Airlines, an arm…

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Crash: Tatarstan B735 at Kazan on Nov 17th 2013, crashed on landing

A Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737-500 on behalf of Ak Bars Aero, registration VQ-BBN performing flight U9-363/2B-363 from Moscow Domodedovo to Kazan (Russia) with 44 passengers and 6 crew, crashed on touchdown on Kazan’s runway 29 and burst into flames at 19:25L (15:25Z). The aircraft came to rest off the runway, all occupants perished in the…

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