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FLIGHT 194: "WE'VE LOST TWO HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS"
The pilots of
an Airbus A320 operated by JetBlue as Flight 194 out of Las Vegas for
JFK Sunday told controllers "we've lost two hydraulic systems" before
they declared an emergency, audio of the event shows. Ultimately, the
flight landed safely and the NTSB is investigating. But the flight
itself was far from routine. In the air, the airliner began to swing
from side to side and rolled into steep banks. There were roughly 155
passengers aboard and some got sick. The pilots called Las Vegas to
request a hold near the airport as they worked the problem. When asked
by controllers, the pilots described the problem as "right now, it's
quite a few things, but the initial thing is, uh, uh, we lost our
hydraulics, two, we've lost two hydraulic systems." It would be four
hours before the flight was safely on the ground again. Audio after the
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FAA TEST QUESTIONS SHOULD BE PUBLIC
The FAA should return all
of its test questions to the public domain, so the aviation industry can
help to review and revise the knowledge required of pilot applicants, an
FAA rulemaking committee said this week. The recommendation was one
result of a six-month review of the FAA's knowledge tests. The committee
also said the FAA should do a better job of communicating with the
aviation-training community about changes to tests, and should modernize
the technology used to administer them. By the end of September, the
committee said, the FAA should create a stakeholder committee to help
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TECHNOLOGY FOR ICE-REPELLENT WINGS
A research team from
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The researchers' new technology, called Slippery Liquid Infused Porous
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slippery surface. "This new approach to ice-phobic materials is a truly
disruptive idea," said Joanna Aizenberg, leader of the research group.
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AND NASA DEFINE SPACE ROLES
The FAA and NASA agreed this week
to work together to create standards for commercial space travel to low
Earth orbit and to the International Space Station. "This important
agreement between the FAA and NASA will advance our shared goals in
commercial space travel," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood. By working together, the two agencies aim to avoid creating
conflicting requirements and multiple sets of standards, and to advance
safety for crews and the public. The FAA will provide a license to
commercial providers to ensure public safety, and NASA will be
responsible for crew safety and mission assurance. More...
3407 FAMILIES UPSET BY FAA TIMELINE
New safety regulations
announced by the FAA were influenced in part by the 2009 crash of
Continental Flight 3407, but they may not be implemented until 2013 and
that time frame has angered some safety activists. Rules affecting pilot
rest requirements and training passed through Congress two years ago
attached to an implementation date of Oct. 1, 2011. The FAA, citing the
large volume of public comments they received, has announced that the
final rule will not be ready until Oct. 19, 2013. Some surviving family
members worked together to push for changes amid concerns over pilot
rest and training requirements. The FAA says it's working aggressively
to improve safety. More...
WARNS PILOTS: WEATHER RADAR CAN BE MISLEADING
indicator" on some in-cockpit weather displays can show a time stamp
that's off by as much as 20 minutes, the NTSB warned in a safety alert
issued on Wednesday. "Even small time differences between the age
indicator and actual conditions can be important for safety of flight,"
the safety alert (PDF) says, "especially when considering fast-moving
weather hazards, quickly developing weather scenarios, and/or
fast-moving aircraft." The NEXRAD "age-indicator" on the cockpit display
indicates the time the mosaic image was created, not the time of the
actual weather conditions. The NEXRAD image is always older than the
actual weather conditions, the NTSB said. More...
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AIRLINE FARES UP, BUT SO IS PASSENGER SATISFACTION
airline passengers are paying higher fares and being charged to haul
bags, they're apparently happier with the airline experience than they
were a couple of years ago, according to a new consumer satisfaction
survey. The Michigan-based American Consumer Satisfaction Index reported
this week that at 67 on a scale of 100, customer satisfaction with the
airline industry is as high as it's been for decades. In 2012 alone, the
industry gained 3.1 percent in approval points, this despite higher
fares, more crowded flights and fewer scheduling options. What's going
on here? "I think in part it's because customers are becoming cleverer
when they fly at avoiding the various fees. We're finding that while
passengers aren't terribly satisfied with checked baggage fees, fewer of
them are checking baggage," says ASCI director David VanAmburg.
NAVCANADA TO OFFER GLOBAL FLIGHT TRACKING
A constellation of
66 new satellites that will be launched starting in 2015 will make it
possible for operators to track their aircraft anywhere in the world,
even across oceans and remote regions where coverage is not currently
available, the project partners announced on Tuesday. Iridium
Communications is providing the technology, and NavCanada is the launch
customer. For routes that operate in oceanic airspace, the new Aireon
satellites will provide a "quantum improvement" in efficiency, said
NavCanada CEO John Crichton. For example, NavCanada said, flights across
the North Atlantic should save $100 million per year thanks to more
efficient routing. The satellites, which are scheduled to be online by
2017, will communicate with the ADS-B devices on airplanes.
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JUNE 18, 2012
Letter of the Week: The Way to Oshkosh
Regarding your "Question
of the Week": About every second year, myself and a few mates leave
Geraldton, Western Australia and drive four hours to Perth, overnight
and then fly commercial six hours to Sydney. There's usually a four-hour
wait and then we fly to L.A. (just 15 hours). Then we wait four hours
before we're on to Minneapolis (another four-hour flight) and then on to
It's a long way but worth every bit. I would come every
year if I could.
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