Flight Crew Had Been On Duty Almost 15 Hours At The Time Of The
When Corporate Airlines Flight 5966 went down on approach to
Kirksville Regional Airport (MO) last week, was fatigue a factor?
The accident happened at the end of a very long, very grueling day
for the flight crew. Was that an issue?
Gulfstream has announced that its newest large-cabin, mid-range
business jet, the Gulfstream G350, has received type certification
from the Federal Aviation Administration. The G350, which was
introduced just eight months ago at the 2004 Asian Aerospace
exhibition in Singapore, is expected to enter service during the
third quarter next year.
Severe weather over South Carolina probably caused the downing
of a Lancair IV last year, after the pilot inadvertently flew into
thunderstorms. So said the NTSB Monday in its summary of the
accident's probable cause.
T'is The Season For… Politics
Like all events, there were a number of political issues in
play. Most discussed was the recently concluded ASTM interim
meeting where a number of completed standards for future Light
Sport Aircraft (yet to be blessed by the FAA before that can
legally be of any good) were being updated to reflect the published
rules, and the increasingly heavy role EAA is playing in the
Review Finds Chicago's Big Airport Can't Handle As Many Flights
As Earlier Thought
A third round of cuts in the number of flight operations at
Chicago's O'Hare International comes as the FAA releases its report
on the number of operations the airport can safely handle -- in
good weather and in bad. The bottom line: O'Hare can't handle as
many flights in IMC as its administrators originally thought.
A Pennsylvania technical school's aviation program, founded more
than three decades ago, has been discontinued for lack of students.
Upper Bucks Area Vocational Technical School in Milford (PA) says
the costs are too high and enrollment is too low to carry on.
By Gary Randall, Supporters And Veterans Of Midway Island
With the presidential election at the fore front of our
thoughts, I'm sure we all can agree that the political rhetoric is
running at a feverish pace. We all have our own ideas of how the
election will affect our country. But we all must also ask
ourselves how the election will affect Midway.
First In China To Go With Rockwell-Collins' Heads-Up
Rockwell Collins said Monday that China's Shandong Airlines has
selected the company's Flight Dynamics Head-up Guidance System
(HGS) for installation on Shandong's new fleet of fifteen 737-700
and -800 aircraft. Delivery of the first systems will be in
Senior Chinese Official: Industry Isn't Keeping Up With
As Chinese officials get ready to parade their aviation wares at
one of the biggest air shows in Asia, they're also talking about
reforming the country's sagging civilian aviation sector in hopes
of boosting competition and accommodating an economy that's on
Airworthiness Directive: 131
Date: October 21, 2004
Subject: Tail Boom
Models Effected: All S-12 Airailes with Serial
Numbers Before 01950000
Summary: Inspection of the tail boom on all
Airaile models should be conducted at the earliest possible date
and prior to the next flight. The inspection is to determine:
Installation of the tail boom doubler sleeve.
Applicability: All owners, operators and
maintainers of Textron Lycoming piston engines.
Background: CASA has developed a database to
review and analyse bearing failures on piston engines. This
Bulletin captures the underlying reasons for bearing failures and
recommends steps to minimize recurrence.
"The FAA continues to be a no-show on this issue. It's probably
the number one hazard that we have not effectively addressed in all
forms of transportation."
Source: Former NTSB Chairman Jim Hall on the FAA's
failure to mandate shorter workdays for flight crews. His comment
came after the crash of a Corporate Airlines Jetstream 32, which
went down during the flight crew's 14th working hour of the