Single-Pilot Cockpit Idea Floated in NASA Study

Facing potential shortages of airline pilots and dramatic advances in automation, industry and government researchers have begun the most serious look yet at the idea of enabling jetliners to be flown by a single pilot. All large commercial jets for passenger and cargo service world-wide now fly with at least two pilots in the cockpit….

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Levil Introduces New Flight Recording App

A new app designed to enhance flight safety has been introduced by Florida-based Levil Technology, a designer of aviation instrumentation, among other things. The app is called GAARD. Levil describes it as a prototype application designed to enhance aviation safety. Pilots can use this application to participate in the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS)…

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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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Incident: Ethiopian B763 near Khartoum on Feb 17th 2014, aircraft hijacked to Geneva by first officer

An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration ET-AMF performing flight ET-702 from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to Rome Fiumicino (Italy) with 202 passengers, was enroute to Rome estimated to land at Fiumicino Airport at 04:40L (03:40Z) when the F/O diverted the aircraft to Geneva (Switzerland) located about 380nm northnorthwest of Rome, the crew activated the transponder code…

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DOT fines Asiana for family assistance plan failures after San Francisco crash

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Asiana Airlines $500,000, saying the South Korean carrier failed to adhere to its family assistance plan following the July 6 crash of Asiana flight 214, a Boeing 777, at San Francisco International Airport. It is the first time that DOT has issued such a fine. DOT said in a…

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Flight Time Limitations Under Commission Regulation (EU) No. 83/2014

The UK CAA issued a new information notice on EU FTL regulations. In this post, I have added some snippets extracted from the various official documents available. It is not my intention to give an complete overview of the new limitations, but instead highlight some interesting parts which could help answering practical questions, such as:…

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European Network of Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authorites (ENCASIA)

Air accident investigation bodies of the Member States of the EU gathered on 19th January 2011 in Brussels to establish a ‘European Network of Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authorities’. The objective of the Network will be to develop common approaches to air accident investigation in the EU, strengthen capacity and independence of national competent authorities…

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Flight Attendant Union Vows To Fight FCC On In-Flight Cell Phone Use

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) has begun an extensive public and congressional outreach campaign aimed at reversing a decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that could lead to in-flight cell phone voice calls being allowed onboard commercial aircraft. “Flight attendants and passengers are united on this issue – there should be no voice…

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NTSB train crash investigation has lessons for future plane crash investigations

Normally, this site focuses on airline related safety and security events, but the NTSB investigation into the 1 December 2013 fatal derailment of a commuter train in New York is an exception because some of the recent developments in the investigation are quite relevant to how the NTSB would investigate future airline accidents. The NTSB…

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