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Elevator Failure: Moisture + Heat

Posted by on 7:08 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Fixed Wing, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Military / Defence, Safety Management

Elevator Failure: Moisture + Heat The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) have reported on the loss of part of an elevator from an Airbus A310 (known as a CC-150 Polaris), CC15004, on 8 May 2015.  The aircraft departed an unspecified base in support of Operation IMPACT, the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) support to operations against Daesh in Iraq and Syria at 15:10 Local Time. Upon successful completion of the mission the crew commenced their return home. Approximately 4 hours into the flight and 1 hour and 15 minutes from landing, the crew felt a...

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Deliberate Action: A Mindful Method from the Nuclear Navy

Posted by on 10:37 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Military / Defence, Resilience, Safety Management

Deliberate Action: A Mindful Method from the Nuclear Navy In his book Turn the Ship Around! David Marquet describes a technique developed while CO of the US Navy‘s Los Angeles Class SSN USS Santa Fe, to reduce errors and increase mindfulness during critical tasks. The Incident: USS Santa Fe, 29 January 1999, Pearl Harbour During the hook up to 440V shore power a Petty Officer violated the ‘red tag procedure’, intended to stop power being applied while a system was still in an unsafe condition.  As he recounts: In this case,...

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North Sea S-92A Helicopter Airprox Feb 2017

Posted by on 6:24 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Air Traffic Management / Airspace, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Safety Management

North Sea S-92A Helicopter Airprox Feb 2017 The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has released their report into an airprox involving two Sikorsky S-92A offshore helicopters on 22 February 2017.  While this was a relatively low risk Airprox their report does discuss some interesting human factors aspects. Information Reported to the Airprox Board S92(1) was inbound to Aberdeen from an offshore installation 132nm to the SE of Aberdeen, and S92(2) outbound to an offshore installation 180nm to the SE of Aberdeen. The Board say: The S92(1) pilot reports...

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How do we Improve Human Performance in Today’s Aviation Business?

Posted by on 7:23 am in Design & Certification, Human Factors / Performance, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Resilience, Safety Culture, Safety Management

How do we Improve Human Performance in Today’s Aviation Business?: Aerossurance Supports 2017 HF in Aviation Safety Conference Aerossurance is pleased to be supporting the annual Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors’ (CIEHF) Human Factors in Aviation Safety Conference for the third year running.  We will be presenting for the second year running too. This year the conference takes place 13 to 14 November 2017 at the Hilton London Gatwick Airport, UK with the theme: How do we improve human performance in today’s aviation...

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Impromptu Flypast Leads to Disaster

Posted by on 7:18 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Culture, Safety Management, Special Mission Aircraft

Impromptu Flypast Leads to Disaster The Icelandic Transportation Safety Board (ITSB), the RNF, issued their report on a dramatic Beechcraft King Air 200 accident that occurred on .  The air ambulance, TF-MYX, operated by Mýflug Air, was heading back to its home base at Akureyri (BIAR) Airport, after completing an earlier ambulance flight, with two flight crew and a paramedic on board. The Accident Flight The ITSB say: During cruise, the flight crew discussed the commander’s wish to deviate from the planned route to BIAR, in order to fly over...

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EASA Annual Safety Review 2017 Published

Posted by on 1:27 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Fixed Wing, Helicopters, Regulation, Safety Management

EASA Annual Safety Review 2017 Published The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Annual Safety Review for 2017 is now available. In the introduction to the Agency’s 12th review, EASA’s Executive Director Patrick Ky says: 2016 has brought continued improvements in safety across almost every operational domain. It was the lowest year in terms of fatalities in airline operations in aviation history. However, the fatal accident involving a cargo flight in Sweden that took place in January highlighted the complex nature of aviation...

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Ingestible Stomach Acid-Powered Health Monitoring Pill

Posted by on 8:13 am in Human Factors / Performance, News, Safety Management

Ingestible Stomach Acid-Powered Health Monitoring Pill When Aerossurance normally discusses Health Monitoring technology its typically the monitoring for failures in engines and helicopter gear boxes.  A new development moves health monitoring into a new realm that offers exciting possibilities to human fatigue and alertness researchers. Researchers from MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts designed a high-tech health monitoring pill can be swallowed by humans.  It has an energy harvesting galvanic cell that runs on...

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Perception and Fatigue: CH124 Sea King Engine Failure

Posted by on 6:39 am in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Military / Defence, Safety Management

Perception and Fatigue: CH124 Sea King Engine Shutdown The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) have reported on an incident during training of a new Maintenance Test Pilot (MTP) that lead to an engine failure on Sikorsky CH124 Sea King CH12428 on 11 May 2015 over the Strait of Juan de Fuca, South of Victoria, British Columbia. During the conduct of the number one engine manual throttle topping check, the MTP Trainee inadvertently bumped the manual throttle slightly forward and had to re-establish hand position on the manual throttle lever. The...

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Hazardous Hangar Hovertaxy

Posted by on 3:51 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Helicopters, Human Factors / Performance, Safety Management

Hazardous Hangar Hovertaxy The pilot of Robinson R44 N804DF decided to hover-taxy into a hangar in Spofford, Texas because, as he told the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB): …convective activity was approaching the airport and he did not have ground-handling equipment (wheels) to move the helicopter. While that might be considered reckless by some, emboldened by successfully manoeuvring into the hangar: The following morning, he attempted to hover-taxi out of the hangar for a positioning flight…. Our regular readers...

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Super Puma Epicyclic Gear Health Monitoring Background

Posted by on 10:06 pm in Accidents & Incidents, Design & Certification, Helicopters, HUMS / VHM / UMS / IVHM, Maintenance / Continuing Airworthiness / CAMOs, Offshore, Oil & Gas / IOGP / Energy, Regulation, Safety Management

Super Puma Epicyclic Gear Health Monitoring Background The investigation into loss of CHC Helikopter Service Airbus Helicopters EC225/H225 LN-OJF on 29 April 2016 has created interest in the health monitoring on the type’s epicyclic planet gears. This article draws on a the most recent Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN – the Statens Havarikommisjon for Transport [SHT] in Norwegian) 102 page preliminary report on the LN-OJF accident, issued on 28 April 2017. AIBN say that LN-OJF suffered a second stage planet gear fatigue...

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