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HEAD-UP DISPLAYS PREVENT ACCIDENTS?
If pilots had head-up
displays in the cockpit, hundreds of accidents over the last 13 years
could have been prevented or at least mitigated, according to a study
released on Monday. The Flight Safety Foundation analyzed 983 accidents
between 1995 and 2007 involving large multi-engine aircraft (12,500
pounds and up). The study (PDF) found that overall the technology could have
affected the outcome in about one-third of the accidents. About 69
percent of takeoff and landing accidents likely could have been
prevented, the study found. The technology eliminates the need for the
pilot to repeatedly transition between the instruments and the forward
view, enhancing overall situational awareness. "Head-up guidance systems
technology is a great safety tool for the prevention of runway
excursions, loss of control, and approach and landing accidents," said
Bob Vandel, one of the authors of the study. "This technology provides
extremely useful data to the flight deck crew." More...
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TO PILOTS: PUT THOSE PHONES AWAY
The FAA on Monday told
airline pilots they should "evaluate their personal practices" regarding
the use of devices such as phones and laptops while on duty. Also, the
FAA said, operators need to create a "safety culture" that reinforces
the importance of controlling cockpit distractions. The FAA released its
guidance in an Information for Operators memo (PDF). The memo cited several recent incidents of
distracted flying -- the crew that flew past their destination while
working on their laptops, a pilot who was texting after pushing back
from the gate, and an FAA inspector's report that a crew member's mobile
phone started to ring during the takeoff roll. The NTSB has asked the
FAA to tackle the distraction problem, and will hold a three-day forum
on professionalism among pilots and air traffic controllers next month.
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DECLINES SAP TEXTRON REVENUES
Cessna parent company Textron
posted a first-quarter loss of about $8 million, and Cessna's 44-percent
sales decline was a significant factor (although the company's finance
arm was also off 40 percent). Cessna is usually Textron's biggest
moneymaker but the continued sales drought is keeping things quiet at
the Wichita planemaker. Almost half the workforce remains laid off and,
as CEO Jack Pelton told
AVweb in an interview earlier this month at Sun 'n Fun, the
recovery is expected to be long and slow. Meanwhile, Pelton told CNN the
company is trying to make the best of the current circumstances by
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TARGETS PIAGGIO NOISE
The Piaggio Avanti normally turns heads
because of its unconventional configuration but now it's attracting the
attention of noise-conscious Naples, Fla., for its unconventional sound.
The Naples Airport Authority is working with Avantair, a fractional and charter company that
operates the Italian twin turboprop pusher, to minimize the impact of
the unique noise it makes. It's not that the Avanti is particularly
loud. In fact, according to FAA measurements (PDF
small print, so be ready to use the "zoom" feature in your PDF
reader), there are plenty of aircraft that emit more decibels.
However, the configuration of the Avanti, according to a Wikipedia entry, results in the wing wake and engine
exhaust hitting the props to create a square
wave noise. The unscientific description offered by Alan Parker,
chairman of the airport authority's technical committee, is that the
Avanti is "irritating loud" with a high pitch he likens to fingernails
on a chalk board. More...
Eur-Avia Cannes Is Southern
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CIRCUIT SHIFTS NORTH
A week after Sun 'n Fun wrapped up in
Florida, the focus shifts north to Anchorage for the Alaska Airmen's Trade Show and to Hamilton, Ontario,
for Canadian Aviation Expo. The annual Alaska gathering
will feature 250 exhibitors and hundreds of aircraft at Ted Stevens
International Airport May 1-2. Canadian Aviation Expo will be held on
the same dates at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum near Hamilton,
which is about 40 miles west of Toronto. The Anchorage show is Alaska's
biggest and Expo is Canada's largest aviation trade show.
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NEW AEA CHAIR
Greg Vail has been named chairman of the
Aircraft Electronics Association. Vail has 29 years of experience in the
industry and is the general manager of Bloomington Avionics. Greg
Harpster of Duncan Avionics is the new vice chair.
Joe Sambiase has been named the General
Aviation Manufacturers' Association's manager of airworthiness and
maintenance. He was formerly with Compass Airlines.
FLIGHT TRAINING APPOINTMENTS
Eric Midby has joined Coast Flight Training
as chief financial officer. He formerly worked in the real estate
development industry. Patricio Puga is an advisor to the board of
directors. He's the former treasurer of Coca Cola and was vice president
of ING Bank. More...
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