Bouncing, not breaking: resilience as the foundation of safety

Bouncing, not breaking: resilience as the foundation of safety

An engine explodes, peppering the wings and fuselage of a wide-body airliner with turbine fragments propelled out of its core at Mach 2.6. Some systems are eviscerated, some disabled. Of the aircraft’s 22 different systems, 21 are damaged, and 650...
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Growth without discomfort

Growth without discomfort

How do you build your skills as a pilot without putting yourself and others at unnecessary risk? First accept your limits and then train and practice to expand them, says contributor and flight instructor Thomas P. Turner. Some commentators have...
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Airlines Work to Meet the Approaching GADSS Deadline for Autonomous Tracking – 3 Things to Know

Airlines Work to Meet the Approaching GADSS Deadline for Autonomous Tracking – 3 Things to Know

It is not often that an aircraft disappears en-route to a destination, but unfortunately, it has occurred. To help avoid further events like these, the global aviation industry has come together, under the leadership of the International Civil Aviation Organiz...
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Charleston International Airport Installs Indoor Active Shooter Detection System in Airport Terminal

Charleston International Airport Installs Indoor Active Shooter Detection System in Airport Terminal

Shooter Detection Systems (SDS), the leading gunshot detection solutions provider to the transportation industry, and the Charleston County Aviation Authority (CCAA), owner and operator of Charleston International Airport (CHS), announced the airport’s s...
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FAA, EASA Order More Frequent CFM56-7B Fan Blade Inspections

FAA, EASA Order More Frequent CFM56-7B Fan Blade Inspections

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) both have issued updated airworthiness directives (ADs) requiring more frequent CFM International CFM56-7B engine fan blade inspections. The new EASA AD is effectiv...
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Pitot-Cover Checks Urged by ATSB Safety Advisory

Pitot-Cover Checks Urged by ATSB Safety Advisory

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), citing a July event in which the crew of an Airbus A330 took off from Brisbane Airport with covers still attached to the airplane’s pitot probes, has issued a safety advisory calling for “rigorous...
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Heathrow fined for lost USB stick data breach

Heathrow fined for lost USB stick data breach

Heathrow airport has been fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a data breach after an employee lost a USB flash drive containing sensitive information. According to the ICO, a member of the public found the USB stick...
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Fatigue Crack Led to Propeller Separation

Fatigue Crack Led to Propeller Separation

An undetected fatigue crack led to a Saab 340 turboprop losing a propeller during a scheduled passenger flight in March 2017. The propeller that had separated from the General Electric CT7-9B engine was found four days later in a wooded...
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Investigator praises crew in propeller separation

Investigator praises crew in propeller separation

An undetected fatigue crack led to the separation of the right propeller from a Saab 340B over southwestern Sydney in March last year, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has found. The crew of the flight from Albury NSW noticed...
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A4A Praises Long-Term FAA Reauthorization

A4A Praises Long-Term FAA Reauthorization

In a statement released following President Donald Trump’s signing of the FAA Reauthorization bill. Signing a long-term reauthorization bill into law provides stability for the FAA to uphold the highest levels of safety, while providing certainty for the...
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