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Laurie Earl in Brisbane, Australia, wrote a PhD thesis on the way an audit can be accomplished to measure safe and unsafe cockpit practices in single-pilot ops.  By Mario Pierobon Contributing Writer Caravan flying in and out of rough terrain with responsibilities on a single pilot symbolizes type of ops Laurie Earl, formerly a graduate student at Griffith U in Brisbane, Australia, focused on with her PhD thesis. Her Line Operations Safety Audit details how measurements can be achieved that tally poor procedures for single pilots.  An old—and very true—business management adage says, "One cannot manage what one cannot measure.

" There is probably no domain other than safety where this saying's meaning is more powerful. Managing safety has traditionally been difficult in terms of quantifying costs versus benefits because safety is inherently difficult to measure, based on the way safety has long been defined as a condition of freedom from harm.

LOSA methodology Key findings. Vietnam Airlines A350-900 first flight Courtesy, Airbus The first Airbus A350 XWB destined for Vietnam Airlines flew June 1, beginning a rapid ramp-up of A350 production that will see three new operators take delivery of the aircraft this year. The Vietnam Airlines A350 flew from Airbus’ Toulouse facility before entering the final phase of production, including cabin completion, as well as further ground and flight tests. The aircraft, which will be leased from AerCap, is scheduled for delivery in the middle of the year. The two other airlines to take delivery of the A350 this year will be Finnair in the summer and LATAM/TAM at the end of 2015.

The three carriers will join launch customer Qatar Airways in operating the A350; Qatar put the aircraft into service in January. Vietnam Airlines will acquire 14 A350 XWBs, including 10 on order from Airbus and four under lease agreements. As of the end of April, A350 XWB had 780 firm orders from 40 customers. Joy MA60 at Fuzhou on May 10th 2015, runway excursion on 6G landing. Transasia AT72 near Taipei on May 21st 2015, engine failure | AeroInside. Transasia AT72 near Taipei on May 21st 2015, engine failure Home > Incidents > Transasia AT72 near Taipei on May 21st 2015, engine failure A Transasia Airways Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-212A (-500), registration B-22806 performing flight GE-5042 from Makung to Taipei Songshan (Taiwan), was enroute at FL150 about 70nm into the 140nm flight when the left hand engine (PW127) flamed out and failed.

The crew descended the aircraft to FL080, managed to restart the engine and continued for a safe landing at Taipei's Songshan Airport at 12:58L (04:58Z). The aircraft is still on the ground at Songshan Airport, the airline cancelled a number of flights in the afternoon as result. Taiwan's media identify an ATR-72-500 performing flight GE-504 arriving in Songshan at 12:58L. Transasia reported the left hand engine suddenly failed enroute, the crew followed standard operating procedures and was able to restart the engine.

Share this story Get notified when new events happen! Related Incidents. API Request Authorization - Sign in. ANALYSIS: The changing size and shape of the world airliner fleet - 8/22/2014. The latter decrease was smaller than the ­almost 15% attrition between 2012 and 2013, but the fall means that the number of ­737-200/300/400/500 variants are almost certain to drop into three figures by next year. These numbers, of course, do not take into consideration orders for the 737 Max and A320neo, which are yet to enter service – and on which more will be discussed later. The race is also close when it comes to the two top-selling widebodies. The Boeing 777 is still in the lead, with the global fleet of the twinjet increasing by 8.1% during the year to 1,184 examples.

Meanwhile, the Airbus A330 fleet passed the four-figure mark, growing by 9.3% to 1,013 aircraft, from 927 in 2013. Both airframers reaffirmed their confidence in their most popular twin-aisle products during the past 12 months, with Boeing unveiling the 777X at Dubai in November, and Airbus announcing the re-engined A330neo – both backed with impressive launch orders. Embraer ERJ 170 FMS Error & Fatigue - Aerossurance. 1 x MD-11, 8 Views, 1 Hand-flown Approach = Bad@$$ Pilot - Angle of Attack. Etihad takes over Abu Dhabi MRO firm ADAT - 5/8/2014. Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways is to acquire maintenance operation Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies, owned by investor Mubadala.

Etihad is to take over engineering assets, paint facilities and personnel to enable it to carry out airframe and component work on its expanding fleet – including its new Boeing 787s and Airbus A380s. But Mubadala will retain the engine maintenance services which will be used to create a new powerplant-centred company. Neither Etihad nor Mubadala has disclosed terms of the transaction. Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies emerged in 2007 after Mubadala took over Gulf Aircraft Maintenance and rebranded the firm. Etihad Airways was among the first major customers for ADAT following its creation and the carrier’s chief executive, James Hogan, says the maintenance company has been a “vital partner” to the airline.

The maintenance functions will be opened to Etihad’s equity alliance partners as well as third-party customers. Etihad acquiring Horizon arm to set up training school - 5/19/2014. Etihad already uses Al Ain-based Horizon to train its own commercial pilots. It has not given the terms of the transaction. Under the agreement Etihad Flight College will acquire 13 Cessna 172s and three Diamond Aircraft DA42s. It will also take over two flight-training simulators as well as hangars. The college will put in place a multi-crew pilot licence programme, says Etihad, which claims it will be the first to use multi-engined aircraft in the core of the training scheme. “We are committed to developing a world-class facility which combines new and best-practice training programmes with high-calibre instructors,” says Etihad chief James Hogan.

“The training facility will enhance the career opportunities in aviation, especially for UAE nationals.” All of the Horizon fixed-wing instructors, as well as a number of support personnel, will transfer to the Etihad college. Horizon will retain its rotary-wing operation. Aviation Industry of China (AVIC) signs LOI with $TPAC. Boeing Predicts China Will Triple Aircraft Fleet by 2032.

BEIJING – U.S. aviation giant Boeing said Thursday it expects China's commercial aircraft fleet to triple in size over the next two decades as the country's strong economic growth boosts air traffic. China will need 5,580 new airplanes worth $780 billion by 2032, 16% of the world total, the Seattle-based company said at a briefing in Beijing.

The figures mark an increase from the company's forecast last year, when it said China would add 5,260 new airplanes to its fleet by 2031. "Thanks to strong economic growth and increased access to air travel, we project China traffic to grow at nearly 7% each year," said Randy Tinseth, vice president of marketing for Boeing's commercial airplane division. The company expects worldwide traffic growth to average 5% a year over the period. China's air travel is booming. The Boeing (IW 500/14) statement projected that China will have a total of 6,450 commercial aircraft by 2032, up from 2,100 last year. Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2013. EBACE: What now for Europe's troubled business aviation sector? - 5/12/2014.

The insipid economic recovery appears to be breathing some life back into the market, however. Last year marked the first signs of an uptick in sales and delivery numbers rebounded for the first time in four years – albeit moderately. “Europe is slowly coming out of intensive care,” says Trevor Esling, Gulfstream's senior vice president, international sales, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “After years of oversupply and under purchase, things are starting to look more positive, but I think it will take at least another year before we can be confident of a full recovery.”

Esling says while the top end of the business aircraft sector has weathered the economic storm to a large degree, the mid to lower end of the business aircraft spectrum have been particularly hard hit, with sales of its midsize G150 cabin aircraft one of the many casualties of the consumer squeeze. “Traditional buyers of jets, such as small to medium-sized business and owner flyers, have not been buying,” he continues.

Luxaviation snaps up UK's largest charter company - 5/13/2014. London Executive Aviation, the UK’s biggest charter operator, has been snapped up by Luxembourg business aviation services group Luxaviation for an undisclosed sum. The move creates one of Europe’s largest charter companies, with a fleet of 90 business jets and turboprops across five bases. This latest purchase marks Luxaviation's fourth business aviation company acquisition in less than three years. France's Uni Air, Belgium's Abelag and Germany's FairJets were absorbed into the group in January 2014, June 2013 and October 2011, respectively.

"The integration of LEA represents a vital step in its international growth strategy," says Luxaviation co-chief executive Patrick Hansen. Luxaviation acquired 70% of the Stapleford, England-based operation, while LEA’s founders retain a 30% share in the company. "This is a great move for us," says George Galanopoulos, co-founder and managing director of the 18-year-old company. China Southern to take 80 A320s and A320neos - 5/16/2014. China Southern Airlines is to acquire 80 Airbus A320-family aircraft including 50 of the re-engined A320neo jets. The carrier is also to dispose of six Embraer ERJ-145 regional aircraft. China Southern has not given an engine selection for the A320s or A320neos. It says the aircraft will be delivered in stages over the course of 2016-20. China Southern has not given the value of the transaction, stating that Airbus has “insisted” on preserving confidentiality regarding the price.

But the current catalogue prices of the aircraft would put the overall list value at around $8 billion. “The consideration will be partly payable by cash and partly by financing arrangements with banking institutions,” the airline adds. China Southern says the order will “facilitate the strategic change and the internationalisation of the company”. Air France-KLM to Invest $100 Million in GOL. Every Country's Highest-Valued Export. Editor's note: This story was originally published in May 2014. Using data from the CIA World Factbook, we labeled every country in the world by its highest valued export, aka the commodity that makes the country the most money in the global market.

Unsurprisingly, much of the world runs on oil, particularly the Middle East and Central Asia. Europe is the world's workshop, where most of the machinery and motor vehicles are made, from optical instruments to BMWs. Latin America brings a blend of food products and oil to the trading table. Click on any of the maps below to see an enlarged version. How Successful People Think Differently. Cirrus introduces fifth-generation SR22 - 1/22/2013. Cirrus has introduced its fifth-generation SR22 series of piston singles, which boast an increase in gross weight from 1,543kg (3,400lb) to 1,633kg and a rise in seating capacity from four to five people.

The company hopes the improvements will boost the aircraft's appeal not only within its traditional owner-flyer market, but also in the thriving US air taxi community where the SR22 is being adopted in increasing numbers. "We have already sold more than 50 SR22s to Part 135 [commercial] operators," says Cirrus executive vice-president for sales and marketing Todd Simmons.

"The 'Generation' model, with its increase in gross weight and an extra seat should help to increase our share of this sector as it suits companies and travellers who are seeking low cost, versatile private aircraft travel," he adds. Cirrus says with all five seats filled, the aircraft offers a range of 1,295km (700nm), "and it is capable of full fuel with four seats filled".

More on the US air taxi market. AIRSHOW CHINA: CAIGA unveils first indigenous business aircraft - 11/14/2012. China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA) has unveiled at Airshow China the prototype of its Primus 150, which will become China's first locally-built business aircraft. The five-seat, pressurised turboprop aircraft will be built out of carbon composite and is scheduled to have its first flight in October 2013, with plans to obtain FAR Part 23 certification in 2015.

According to CAIGA, the aircraft will be one of the fastest turboprops in the world with a maximum cruise speed of 352kt (652km/h), a maximum range of 1,410nm (2,610km) and a ceiling of 28,000ft (8,530m). CAIGA has selected GE Aviation's new 850shp (630kW) H85 turboprop engine to power the aircraft. The H85 is a derivative of the H80 engine and is awaiting certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency, followed by the US Federal Aviation Administration.

Zhuhai-based CAIGA is a subsidiary of Aviation Industry Corporation of China, which took over Cirrus Aviation last year.


OpenAirplane aims to make it easy to rent a plane. Pilots Rod Rakic and Adam Fast wanted to fly more, but they could never find an easy way to access a machine to fly. So in 2011 they created OpenAirplane — an online portal linking licensed pilots to places with planes to rent. “We’re believers. We love this,” Rakic said, just after using his new system to rent a Chicago Executive Flight School Cessna 172 for an hour-long lakefront flight past the . The goal is “to make renting an airplane as easy as renting a car.” He and Fast worked part-time on OpenAirplane for years, Rakic said, because between fly-ins, air shows and air-centric vacations, they decided “this company deserved to exist.”

Though Rakic won’t say if the bootstrapped Chicago company is raising outside funds, it’s up on Angel List and could benefit from money to fuel growth and spur customer activity. OpenAirplane is operating out of 59 locations in 30 states, connecting 6,800 pilots with 198 aircraft and climbing. For now, Rakic says his biggest competitor is obvious: {91c01a87-0d28-438f-9208-19277db7bf4e}_FC056_PREM_201312.pdf. {91c01a87-0d28-438f-9208-19277db7bf4e}_FC056_PREM_201312.pdf. {91c01a87-0d28-438f-9208-19277db7bf4e}_FC056_PREM_201312.pdf. N 8900.225 - Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations - N_8900.225.pdf.

8900.225 - Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations – Document Information. Pilot Training – ATP Certificate. General Notice 8900.225, Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations FAA Form 8710-1, Airman Certification and/or Rating Application ATP Certification Training Program (CTP) The ATP CTP applies to applicants for an ATP certificate with airplane category multiengine class rating or an ATP certificate issued concurrently with an airplane type rating, and is intended to prepare the applicant to operate safely in those operations which require an ATP certificate by rule.

AC 61-138, Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (CTP) Institutions of Higher Education The FAA authorizes institutions of higher education to certify graduates of specific aviation degree programs for a restricted privileges ATP certificate with reduced aeronautical experience. This authority is distinct from the ATP CTP, and allows for pilots with fewer than 1,500 hours of flight time to obtain a restricted privileges ATP certificate. Job Aids.