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Unstabilised Approach Accident at Aspen

Posted by on 11:16 am in Accidents & Incidents, Business Aviation, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Unstabilised Approach Accident at Aspen On 5 January 2014 Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger N115WF impacted the runway during landing at Aspen (ASE), Colorado (a “high-altitude, terrain-limited airport”). The copilot was killed and the captain and passenger received serious injuries. The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) describe in their final report that: As the flight neared its destination…air traffic control (ATC) provided vectors to the localizer/distance measuring equipment (LOC/DME)-E approach to runway...

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EASA Decisions on Management of Aeronautical Databases / Part-DAT

Posted by on 10:57 am in Accidents & Incidents, Air Traffic Management / Airspace, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Helicopters, Regulation, Safety Management

EASA Decisions on Management of Aeronautical Databases / Part-DAT The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has recently issued two Executive Director (ED) Decisions on the management of safety-critical aeronautical navigation databases from 1 January 2019 onwards. This is a particularly topical development after the completeness of terrain databases was raised as a concern in the Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) preliminary report into the loss of Sikorsky S-92A EI-ICR, operated by CHC for the Irish Coast Guard as Rescue...

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Tail Rotor Pitch Control Loss During Hoisting

Posted by on 8:32 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Crises / Emergency Response / SAR, Design & Certification, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Offshore, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft, Survivability / Ditching

Tail Rotor Pitch Control Loss During Hoisting The Aviation Safety Council (ASC) of Taiwan has issued its investigation report (in Chinese apart from an Executive Summary) into a fatal Survivable Water Impact (SWI) accident on 11 March 2016 involving National Airborne Service Corps (NASC) Airbus Helicopters AS365N3 Dauphin NA-107 during a transport hoist mission. The Accident Flight On board were two pilots, one aircrew ‘crew chief’ and two Coast Guard Administration (‘CGA-SSC’) personnel to be transferred to a grounded...

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Insecure Pitch Link Fatal R44 Accident

Posted by on 1:29 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Management

Insecure Pitch Link Fatal R44 Accident During a post-maintenance check flight the main rotor separated from an R44 after a maintenance assembly error. A US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report describes the fatal accident to Robinson R44 N3234U operated by Native Range Capture Services in Utah on 2 December 2014: The helicopter’s owner stated that, during a flight in the accident helicopter the month before the accident, the helicopter “had a bit of a vertical [vertical vibrations]“. The blades also had...

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Leadership and Trust

Posted by on 9:21 pm in Business Aviation, Fixed Wing, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Military / Defence, Mining / Resource Sector, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Leadership and Trust Good leaders inspire trust.  That’s one of the conclusions in a presentation Which difference do you want to make through leadership? (based on the work of Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner).  Slide 6 comments on how trust increases as leaders follow through on their commitments: This is entirely consistent with our belief that leadership is not about hierarchy but is behavioural and is itself about influencing the behaviour of others.  In the article: Getting beyond the BS of leadership literature it is also emphasised...

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NTSB Recommendation on JT15D Failure to Meet Certification Bird Strike Requirements

Posted by on 10:19 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Business Aviation, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Regulation, Safety Management

NTSB Recommendation on JT15D Failure to Meet Certification Bird Strike Requirements ​The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a safety recommendation urging Transport Canada (TC) to take action to prevent catastrophic failure of Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) JT15D-5 engines following a bird strike or foreign object ingestion.  This follows three NTSB investigations of what they call ‘incidents’ involving Beechcraft Beechjet 400A aircraft where failed fan blades breached engine cases and cowlings after bird...

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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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