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|Top News: Glass Panels and Safety NTSB
GLASS COCKPITS DO NOT IMPROVE SAFETY
An NTSB study
shows glass cockpit technology has not significantly improved the safety
of small light planes, the NTSB said Tuesday, and the board recommended
changes, from training to maintenance reporting, to improve the
statistics. While data collected between 2002 and 2008 showed fewer
total accidents for those aircraft equipped with glass panels, that
total came with a higher fatal accident rate and higher total fatal
accidents. For the period from 2002-2008, conventionally equipped
aircraft suffered 141 total accidents with 23 having a fatal outcome.
Glass-equipped aircraft suffered 125 total accidents with 39 having a
fatal outcome. But the board's study also found the mission profile for
each type of equipment package and the characteristics of the pilot were
different between the two platforms. Generally speaking, higher-time
pilots were flying longer flights with glass. That said, the NTSB was
able to use the data to offer six recommendations voiced at the meeting.
Five of those were related to equipment-specific training and one
applied directly to testing requirements.
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|What Does Save Lives? Training, As It Turns
TODAY: BETTER SIMULATOR TRAINING COULD SAVE LIVES
training for pilots on advanced simulators could help prevent crashes
and save hundreds of lives, according to an analysis by USA Today. Many pilots today are trained on older
simulators that can't effectively re-create the real behavior of
aircraft during stalls, severe icing, upsets due to wind shear or wake
encounters, and other extreme conditions, says a recent NTSB report.
Loss of control was a factor in 73 percent of the 433 airline fatalities
in the U.S. since 2000. (Note that the fatalities that occurred on Sept.
11, 2001, are not counted in accident statistics, since they resulted
from a crime, not an accident.) Newer simulators created with research
by the military and NASA are more effective, but there are no federal
requirements for pilots to be trained on them. More...
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GRUMMAN DROPS TANKER BID
The next-generation military tanker
will almost certainly be a Boeing. Northrop Grumman announced Monday it
would not be submitting a bid in the $35 billion sweepstakes to
introduce a replacement for the KC-135 and KC-10 fleet. Boeing's bid is
riding on a modified 767 platform while Northrop Grumman would use an
A330 modified in the U.S. Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush effectively
threw in the towel on the protracted battle. He said the company "will
not protest" the outcome of the competition, which now appears to be
down to one. Bush did suggest the odds were stacked in favor of Boeing,
however. "We reached this conclusion based on the structure of the
source selection methodology defined in the RFP, which clearly favors
Boeing's smaller refueling tanker and does not provide adequate value
recognition of the added capability of a larger tanker, precluding us
from any competitive opportunity," Bush said. More...
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THIEF SENTENCED TO TREATMENT PROGRAM
A 23-year-old man who stole
a Cirrus SR22 in San Diego last month has pleaded guilty to a
felony. Skye Turner was charged with using an airplane without the
owner's permission. The court referred him to a new treatment program
for mentally ill offenders that provides supervision and custody, the San Diego News Network reported this week. However,
if he is not accepted into the program he could be sentenced to 120 days
in jail instead. Turner, who is not a pilot but has had some training,
stole the keys to the airplane on Feb. 18, just a few hours after a
pilot in Austin, Texas, flew
his Piper Dakota into a government building. Turner reportedly had
been in a dispute with his girlfriend and threatened to crash the SR22
into the ocean, according to SDNN. More...
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SET FOR RECORD ATTEMPT
A European team is using an ancient
business jet to try and beat a world record set in a high-tech effort by
the late Steve Fossett. In 2005 Fossett flew nonstop around the world in
a well-financed effort that set the circumnavigation record at 67 hours
and two minutes. Riccardo Mortara, owner of a Swiss-based charter
company called Sonnig, thinks he and his three fellow crew members can
beat that time in a 1980 Sabreliner 65 and will launch from Geneva March
19. "We've had a great response to the announcement of our mission,"
Mortara said on his Facebook wall. More...
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