Aviation Safety Network: airliner accident fatalities at record low

The year 2013 was a very safe year for commercial aviation, Aviation Safety Network data show. By far the safest year by number of fatalities and the second safest year by number of accidents. Over the year 2013 the Aviation Safety Network recorded a total of 29 fatal airliner accidents, resulting in a record low…

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Airbus A320 gear up landing accidents prompt tougher inspections

Two recent Airbus A320 gear up landing accidents in Italy prompted EASA to demand tougher inspections. At the same time, the Italian accident investigation board ANSV issued four safety recommendations to EASA. ANSV is currently investigating two accidents involving Airbus A320 passenger planes at Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in 2013. On June 8 an Wizzair A320 encountered problems…

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Bombardier Safety Standdown 2013: Creating a Safety Culture

Aviation “safety’s in a rut,” Dr. Tony Kern told attendees at the Bombardier Safety Standdown in Wichita this fall. The key to getting out of that rut, he said, is to make pilots realize they can’t rest on today’s safety record. Kern is the CEO of Convergent Performance, a Colorado-based human-performance consulting company, and the author of…

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AEI: Aviation Industry In Need Of Wake Up Call Over Safety

Delegates attending the Aircraft Engineers International (AEI) 41st Annual Congress 2013 in Melbourne, Australia have been informed that known but unreported aircraft defects remains the biggest single threat to passenger safety. “Airline passengers are unknowingly facing higher levels of risks due to the dangerous practice of not documenting aircraft system defects until reaching an airport…

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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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