Aviation Today :: FAA Issues Final Rule on Aircraft Icing Standards

[Avionics Today 11-05-2014] The FAA has issued a final rule that broadens the coverage of its icing certification standards. The updated standards require U.S. manufacturers to show that transport airplanes can operate safely in freezing drizzle or freezing rain — conditions that constitute the icing environment known as Supercooled Large Drops (SLD). The standard also…

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Update on the location of flight MH370

At the EASA Committee on the 8 and 9 October 2014, the Member States voted positively for the three years extension of the applicability date for the Aircrew Regulation. Included in the changes were many other proposals from the General Aviation (GA) community for the amendment to the Aircrew Regulation. The Agency in cooperation with the…

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U.S., Europe Differ on Real-Time Aircraft-Tracking Rules

Airbus to Put New Type of Floating ‘Black Boxes’ on Future Models By ANDY PASZTOR U.S., European and international air-safety authorities appear to be heading in different directions when it comes to requiring real-time tracking of airliners or mandating installation of video recorders in their cockpits. The splits, which emerged during a public forum Tuesday…

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New search area for MH370 announced; aircraft believed to be on autopilot before crash

The new search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER that vanished in March has been announced and Australian officials have said the aircraft was “highly likely” to have been on autopilot before it crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. A 64-page report on the search for flight MH370 was published Thursday by the Australian…

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France recommends ground ice detection system following fatal takeoff accident of Premier 1A jet

The French accident investigation bureau, BEA, recommends EASA to study the possibilities of ground ice detection systems following the fatal accident involving a Premier 1A corporate jet in March 2013. The Hawker Beechcraft 390 Premier IA jet, registered VP-CAZ,  was parked overnight on the platform at Annemasse Airport in France. The temperature was -2°C and humidity was 98%…

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Making Autopilot Systems Safer

Woodrow Bellamy III [Avionics Today April 10, 2014] Would you believe that just 30 lines of computer code might have saved Air France flight 447 from crashing into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009? Carlos Varela, an experienced pilot and associate professor of computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, believes so. Through funding from the Air Force…

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