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Cessna 208 Forced Landing: Engine Failure Due To Re-Assembly Error

Posted by on 4:09 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Cessna 208 Forced Landing: Engine Failure Due To Re-Assembly Error On 11 November 2016, Cessna 208B Caravan VH-TYV (‘TYV’) of Hardy Aviation departed from Darwin Airport, NT.  On board were an instructor and trainee pilot who were to conduct an aircraft type re-familiarisation training flight. The Engine Failure and Force Landing In their investigation report the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) say: After take-off at an altitude of about 500 ft above ground level (AGL), the instructor noted the climb speed reducing while...

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Director of Maintenance Pleads Guilty To Obstructing an NTSB Air Accident Investigation

Posted by on 9:36 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Business Aviation, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Director of Maintenance Pleads Guilty To Obstructing an NTSB Air Accident Investigation The US Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of the Inspector general (OIG) has released the following statement: On March 10, 2017, David Esteves of Clearwater, Florida, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Tampa, to obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees. Esteves was the director of maintenance for Avantair, an airline fractional ownership and an on-demand air-charter business located at St. Petersburg-Clearwater...

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Heli-Expo 2017 Photo Report

Posted by on 3:13 am in Business Aviation, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Military / Defence, Mining / Resource Sector, News, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Special Mission Aircraft

Heli-Expo 2017 Photo Report News from HAI Heli-Expo 2017 in Dallas, Texas: 17,788 people attended the show.  A record-setting 322,800 sq feet of floor space was used with 731 exhibitors and 62 aircraft on display.  Turnout was over 25% up on 2016 (though that is only to be expected after the off piste location of Louisville, Kentucky last year), with a good take up of exhibition space which some attendees saw as a sign of developing market optimism. All photos © Aerossurance unless otherwise stated. Bell FCX01 The big unveiling on the first...

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Unstable Approach Dash 8 Touches Down 450ft Before Threshold

Posted by on 1:56 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Unstable Approach Dash 8 Touches Down 450ft Before Threshold The continuation of an unstable approach following a loss of visual reference led to a Jazz Aviation (dba Air Canada Express) Bombardier DHC-8-102,  C-GTAI, contacting the ground short of the runway at the Sault Ste. Marie Airport, Ontario, on 24 February 2015. There were no injuries, but there was significant damage to the aircraft. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) report explains that: While on approach to Runway 30, in conditions of twilight and reduced visibility...

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Deadly Delay: GOM B206B3 Helicopter Night Accident 6 Feb 2017

Posted by on 4:42 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Management

Deadly Delay: GOM B206B3 Helicopter Night Accident 6 Feb 2017 The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released information on a fatal accident involving Bell 206B N978RH of Republic Helicopters off the coast of Galveston Island, TX on 6 February 2017: The flight originated from the oil tanker Eagle Vancouver, anchored in Galveston Bay…and was en route to Republic Helicopters heliport (2TE1), in Santa Fe [TX]. This was the helicopter’s third flight of the day. It departed 2TE1 at 1404 and flew to the oil tanker Eagle...

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Smoke in Cabin: Anatomy of a Wash Rig Error

Posted by on 12:05 am in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Smoke in Cabin: Anatomy of a Wash Rig Error The Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) has recently reported on a smoke in cabin event on Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 EI-DVJ at Dublin on 3 October 2015.  This was due to actions taken during an engine wash the previous evening.  We focus on the maintenance human factors lessons. The Incident Flight The AAIU explain: Immediately after take-off from Dublin (EIDW), on an early morning scheduled passenger flight to Munich, Germany (EDDM), the Flight Crew detected an unusual odour in the...

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ATR72 Cognitive Bias Leads to Control Problems

Posted by on 12:46 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

ATR72 Cognitive Bias Leads to Control Problems On 4 March 2016, ATR-72-212A (ATR72-500), G-COBO, operated Aurigny Air Services, the flag carrier of the Crown Dependency of Guernsey, suffered autopilot drop outs and unusually high forward pitch control forces on departure from Manchester Airport.  The aircraft diverted safely to East Midlands Airport.  The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) became aware of the occurrence and recently issued an investigation report that discusses cognitive bias and the crew’s low exposure to...

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Consultants & Culture: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Posted by on 9:22 am in Safety Culture, Safety Management

Consultants & Culture: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly At Aerossurance we do believe culture and leadership are critical to safety.  Organisations are however often tempted by offers of ‘diagnoses’ from consultants promising to diagnose their culture or leadership and by implication, prescribe a ‘cure’.  There is something soothing in the idea that your organisation’s problems can be cured as easily as visiting a doctor.  However, General Practitioners often match symptoms to off-the-shelf remedies in...

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Flying Control FOD: Screwdriver Found in C208 Controls

Posted by on 9:20 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Flying Control FOD: Screwdriver Found in C208 Controls An Australian Cessna 208B Caravan pilot detected a control restriction during a flight control rigging check according to a Service Difficult Report (SDR) submitted to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).  The report described how the pilot: …checked full and free movement of all flight controls. Very slight friction or binding of the elevator control was identified. The issue was discussed with the LAME [Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer] who investigated further and...

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Fatal H500 Low Altitude Hover Power Loss: Power Line Maintenance Project

Posted by on 2:31 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft, Survivability / Ditching

Fatal H500 Low Altitude Hover Power Loss: Power Line Maintenance Project The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has released their investigation report into a fatal power loss while hovering alongside a power line near Paynton, Saskatchewan on 22 October 2015. The Accident SaskPower had contracted Forbes Bros…to construct and erect hydro towers and to string power lines. Oceanview Helicopters was contracted by Forbes Bros to carry out aerial work and install marker balls on power lines strung over the North Saskatchewan River....

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