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Overworked Yuletide Loading Error

Posted by on 9:01 am in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Fixed Wing, Logistics, Safety Management

Overworked Yuletide Loading Error The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report into a loading incident during a busy-pre Christmas period on an Airbus A320 highlights the effect of high workload on data input errors, as well as the importance of system feedback of incorrectly entered data. The Incident On 21 December 2016, Jetstar A320 VH-VGI was being loaded at Melbourne Airport, Victoria.  At 05:00 Local Time, a clerk at a freight organisation commenced their shift say the ATSB. The organisation recently introduced a new processing...

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A Railroad’s Cult of Compliance

Posted by on 6:31 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Human Factors / Performance, Regulation, Safety Culture, Safety Management

A Railroad’s Cult of Compliance We look at some of the safety culture lessons from a fatal rail accident in the US and how a more sophisticated approach has been taken in the UK. On 3 April 2016 an Amtrak New York to Savannah express train struck a backhoe construction vehicle near Chester, Pennsylvania supporting track ballast-vacuuming work.  The 532t, 278m train had been authorised to operate at the maximum speed (110 mph) despite ongoing adjacent track works. As the train approached the works the driver (or locomotive engineer) saw...

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Dramatic Loss of Control During AS350 Landing Practice

Posted by on 4:31 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Airfields / Heliports / Helidecks, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance

Dramatic Loss of Control During AS350 Landing Practice Two people died in a horrific accident when a private pilot practised landing his newly acquired Airbus Helicopters AS350B3 helicopter N711BE on a wheeled landing platform (or tow dolly) at McClellan-Palomar Airport, Carlsbad, CA on 18 November 2015. The US National Transportation Board (NTSB) report that the pilot had practised several landings in a field before returning to the airport, “where the approach and hover taxi to the ramp were uneventful”.  However: In the weeks...

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Tool Bag Takes Out Tail Rotor: Fatal AS350B2 Accident, Tweed, ON

Posted by on 8:48 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Mining / Resource Sector, Safety Management, Survivability / Ditching

Tool Bag Takes Out Tail Rotor: Fatal AS350B2 Accident, Tweed, ON Four died when a tool bag came loose and struck the tail rotor of a helicopter carrying workers of an electricity utility company.  The accident involved Airbus Helicopters AS350B2 C-GOHS operated by Ontario’s Hydro One Networks need Tweed, ON on 14 December 2017. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) say in an initial report on 21 December 2017 that a single pilot and three Hydro One linesmen were on board, supporting maintenance on high-power electricity...

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Season’s Greetings from Aerossurance

Posted by on 4:17 pm in News

Aerossurance sends its Season’s Greetings to all its customers, partners, suppliers, colleagues and friends. We also wish you all a safe and prosperous 2018! For aviation advice you can trust, contact Aerossurance at: enquiries@aerossurance.com Follow us on LinkedIn and on Twitter @Aerossurance for our latest...

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Irish Air Corps Order Pilatus PC-12s

Posted by on 4:29 pm in Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Military / Defence, Special Mission Aircraft

Irish Air Corps Order Special Mission Pilatus PC-12s The Irish Air Corps (IAC) signed a contract on 19 December 2017 for three special mission Pilatus PC-12NG aircraft, mission equipment and support services worth €32 million. The IAC originally issued issued a Request for Tender (RFT) in May 2017 for 3 CS-23 certified Fixed Wing Utility Aircraft.  These had to be of an in production type with military experience too.  It is expected that the Cessna 208B Caravan would have been offered in the competition too. These aircraft are intended for...

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Bell V-280 Valor Tilt Rotor First Flight

Posted by on 10:34 am in Design & Certification, Helicopters, Military / Defence

Bell V-280 Valor Tilt Rotor First Flight Bell Helicopter made the first flight of their V-280 Valor tilt rotor on 18 December 2017.  The aircraft hovered during the short flight at Amarillo, Texas. Unlike the earlier Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey the V-280, targeted to cruise at 280 kts, does not tilt its engines (two GE T64s) only its rotors.  This eliminates engine lubrication complexity and reduces the hot efflux effects on the ground.  To achieve this engine power is transmitted through a spiral bevel gearbox that transfers power to the...

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Investigation into Secretive Surveillance Aircraft Accident in Malta 24 Oct 2016

Posted by on 7:53 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Military / Defence, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Investigation into Secretive Surveillance Aircraft Accident in Malta 24 Oct 2016 The French BEA-D (Le Bureau Enquêtes Accidents Défense – Air) has issued a progress report into the loss of US registered SA227 AT Merlin IVC surveillance aircraft N577MX of Luxembourg based CAE Aviation operating from Malta for the French Government on 24 October 2016. During the initial climb, 4 seconds after rotation, the aircraft pitched nose up, then rolled right around 150 degrees, reaching just over 260ft above ground level, before descending about 3...

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United Airlines Suffers from ED (Error Dysfunction)

Posted by on 11:31 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Culture, Safety Management

United Airlines Suffers from ED (Error Dysfunction) We have previously discussed a long running series of around 40 events when Fan Cowl Doors (FCD) were lost from Airbus A320 series aircraft, including: A319 Double Cowling Loss and Fire – AAIB Report ANSV Report on A320 Fan Cowl Door Loss: Maintenance Human Factors Tiger A320 Fan Cowl Door Loss & Human Factors: Singapore TSIB Report In each case the cowls had inadvertently been left unlatched and this had not been subsequently detected before flight. Airbus introduced a...

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Crossed Wires: Online Maintenance Human Factors Training Video

Posted by on 9:56 pm in Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Safety Culture, Safety Management

Crossed Wires: Online Maintenance Human Factors Training Video In need of inspiration for your maintenance human factor continuation training?  Why not use this free CASA HF video?: ‘Crossed Wires’ The 8.5 minute video from 2013 portrays the incubation of an incident at the fictitious Perfect Twins maintenance organisation. As part of a workshop activity participants could note down the human performance influencing factors and risk inducing behaviours as they occur. Then discuss these as a group afterwards and consider what...

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