Thu, Aug 09, 2012
Pilot Said Action Could Have Prevented A Safe Landing
A rescue helicopter owned by the state of Western Australia was on approach for landing at Jandakot airport in Perth Tuesday night (local time) when an emergency flare was fired from about 600 feet away from the aircraft. The Western Australian newspaper reported that the flare came within 90-120 feet from the aircraft flying at about 1,000 feet agl at the time of the incident.
To make matters worse, the helo was transporting a patient who had been injured in a farming accident in Mount Barker when the incident occurred.
The Australian Broadcasting Company reports that pilot Michael Perren said the flare could have prevented him from landing the aircraft safely. But CASA, Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority, said it has no jurisdiction in the matter. They told the ABC that the issue was one for local authorities to handle.
Australian pilots reportedly are experiencing the same issues with lasers directed at aircraft that pilots in the U.S. are reporting. Police have described those who would direct a laser at an aircraft cockpit, and now who would discharge a flare in the vicinity of an airport, "idiots" for endangering the lives of those on board aircraft.
The incident is under investigation by local police.
German Airline The Largest Airbus Customer And Operator In Europe The Lufthansa Group has firmed up a previous Supervisory Board decision from March this year and signed for 100 A3>[...]
Also: Beechcraft Not Happy With GAO, More Damage to GA From FAA, Cessna 172 SAIB, An Inspirational Leap The inability to reach agreement over a number of unsettled restrictions, in>[...]
New Aircraft To Be Purchased With Support From Donors New airplanes will lead endangered whooping cranes from their summer range to Florida for the winter in coming years, and the >[...]
International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers IFATCA is a worldwide organization representing more than fifty thousand air traffic controllers in 134 countries.>[...]
A complete inspection that is required for all aircraft operated for hire every 100 hours.>[...]