Redesign For Sudden Autopilot Disconnection Needed, Say Flight Safety Experts
Flight safety experts associated with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society studying recent high-profile aviation accidents found sudden autopilot disconnection to be a design flaw that creates unnecessary emergencies by surprising pilots during critical, high-workload episodes.
C. Gordon Fullerton, who compiled a distinguished career as a NASA astronaut, research pilot and Air Force test pilot spanning almost 50 years, died Aug. 21. He was 76. Fullerton had sustained a severe stroke in late 2009, and had been confined to a long-term care facility in Lancaster, CA, for most of the past three and a half years.
Tests Conducted In Collaboration With The FAA, Army, Navy
NASA researchers will drop a 45-foot-long helicopter fuselage from a height of about 30 feet to test improved seat belts and seats and advance experimental techniques and crashworthiness data. NASA is collaborating with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and Federal Aviation Administration on the Transport Rotorcraft Airframe Crash Test Bed full-scale crash tests at Langley's Landing and Impact Research Facility.
One Of The Last Such Remaining Structures In The Country At Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport
A non-profit group in Gulfport, MS, known as The Brown Condor Association hopes to be able to save an historic structure at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, and is working to raise some $7 million for the effort.
Probe Will Assist Agency In Search For Candidates To Explore
A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September, assisting the agency in its effort to identify the population of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as well as those suitable for asteroid exploration missions.
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EAA Founder Paul Poberezny passed away this morning (August 22) at Evergreen Retirement Village in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, after a battle with cancer. He was 91. The Poberezny family has expressed the following: “We deeply appreciate all the support shown to Paul and Audrey over the past five months. As Paul often said, he considers himself a millionaire because through aviation he made a million friends. He leaves an unmatched legacy in aviation and can be best remembered by all the people who discovered aviation through his inspiration to create EAA. We also thank you for respecting our family’s privacy during this time.” As ANN reported earlier, Mark R. Baker, d
TBFM Allows Controllers To Better Manage Aircraft In Congested Airspace
The FAA is now one significant step closer to better optimizing the flow of aircraft into busy airspace thanks to the initial deployment of a new system called Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM). TBFM, which was recently installed in all 20 en route centers, will replace Traffic Management Advisor (TMA) as a time-based scheduling tool that meters aircraft through all phases of flight.
Decision Made To Avoid Paying FAA User Fees For Controllers
Each October, pilots arriving for the Copperstate Fly-In at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport (KCGZ) in Casa Grande, AZ, have been greeted by an enthusiastic crew of FAA air traffic controllers, drawn from facilities throughout the western United States, all proud to have been selected to staff the temporary Copperstate Control Tower. This year, however, things will be different.
Deliver Solid Operational Performance Despite Challenging Weather And Economic Conditions
At Thursday's Quarterly Media Briefing, Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, reported the airlines achieved a 2 percent profit margin during the first half of 2013, invested in the travel experience for customers and delivered strong operational results despite challenging weather and economic conditions.
The FAA plans to supersede an existing AD that applies to certain Piper Aircraft Models PA-28-140, PA-28-150, PA-28-160, PA-28-180, PA-28R-180, and PA-28R-200 airplanes. AD 71-21-08, Amendment 39-1312 (36 FR 19572, October 8, 1971) currently requires replacement of the fuel selector valve cover.
“While the airline industry is making the transition from razor-thin to paper-thin margins, keeping just 2.1 pennies per dollar of revenue generated in the first half of 2013, it is reinvesting in the product and travel experience for customers at a rate not seen in 12 years – to the tune of $1 billion per month.” Source: John Heimlich, Vice President and Chief Economist for A4A.
Flight paths recommended for use to bypass areas heavily traversed by large turbine-powered aircraft. Pilot compliance with recommended flyways and associated altitudes is strictly voluntary. VFR Flyway Planning charts are published on the back of existing VFR Terminal Area charts.