UK CAA publish Pilot Support Program guidance
Jan24

UK CAA publish Pilot Support Program guidance

The UK CAA has outlined a framework for an operator’s Pilot Support Programme (PSP). The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published an Opinion that will require all commercial operators to have a PSP in place by approximately August 2018 As part of a PSP, the UK CAA say that all pilots should receive education from medical professionals, with topics to be covered including: self-awareness; ranges of ‘normal’ behaviour and...

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Circuit conflict
Jan15

Circuit conflict

A Robinson R44 helicopter departed from Bankstown Airport (near Sydney, Australia), on a training flight to Camden Airport, New South Wales. On board were a student pilot and a flight instructor. After completing exercises in the Camden area, the helicopter returned towards Bankstown. According to air traffic control (ATC) audio data, at about 1607 Eastern Standard Time (EST), the instructor of the R44 contacted the Bankstown...

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NTSB issue mid-air avoidance advice
Nov16

NTSB issue mid-air avoidance advice

The US National Transportation Safety Board has issued a ‘Safety Alert’ to pilots with suggestions on what they can do to reduce their chances of being involved in a mid-air collision. To illustrate the limitations of the ‘see and avoid’ concept of aircraft separation, the NTSB has created a series of animations depicting the pilots’ visual field of view from each of the four aircraft involved in two mid-air collisions that were...

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ATC SUSPENDING OPERATIONS
Nov01

ATC SUSPENDING OPERATIONS

Report Text: I was engaged on an instructional cross country flight with a TAF at my destination [in Class D airspace] of: ‘EG** 2112/2118 21013KT 9999 FEW012 TEMPO 21122118 21018G30KT 6000 RA BKN008’. The flight went very well and the student learnt a great deal due to the strength of the wind and commented on the high ground speed and the need to keep ahead of the navigation. He carried out all radio calls and handled the aircraft...

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“I Forgot…” Memory can be a subtle phenomenon, but one which pilots must learn to manage.
Oct22

“I Forgot…” Memory can be a subtle phenomenon, but one which pilots must learn to manage.

The instruction from ATC was succinct: “Cleared for the ILS approach runway 21, report when established”. It was met with a crisp acknowledgement from my student, Tim. He banked to the left and rolled out on a suitable heading, aiming to intercept the localiser – the narrow radio beam on the Instrument Landing System which would guide us directly to the runway. Vision outside was largely obscured by an enveloping shroud of...

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Instructor Pulls Off Forced Landing Onto Busy Motorway
Oct12

Instructor Pulls Off Forced Landing Onto Busy Motorway

An instructor with two students on board made an emergency landing on the busy A8 autoroute in the south of France after reportedly experiencing engine failure. The aircraft, a Robin DR400 operated by Aeroclub Du Soleil, appears to have been undamaged in the forced landing, which appears to have taken place on the east-bound carriageway of the road between the towns of Brignoles and Le Luc. Local media reports appear to show the...

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