New EASA Rules on Mental Fitness in Wake of Germanwings Flight 9525 Accident
Aug04

New EASA Rules on Mental Fitness in Wake of Germanwings Flight 9525 Accident

The European Union published new safety rules on air operations, including new provisions to support the mental fitness of air crew. Talking about the new regulations, EASA’s Executive Director, Patrick Ky, said: “These new European rules take up the proposals EASA made in its swift follow-up of the Germanwings Flight 9525 accident, in consultation with the wider aviation community. “With these rules Europe...

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BALPA: New Drone Rules “Don’t Go Far Enough”
Jul25

BALPA: New Drone Rules “Don’t Go Far Enough”

The British Airline Pilots Association, BALPA, say new UK drone laws, restricting drone-flying activity  above 400 feet within one kilometre of an airport, “don’t go far not enough.” With 93 incidents between aircraft and drones in 2017 alone, the new regulations are expected come into force on 30 November 2019. This follows a year-on-year increase of reported drone incidents with aircraft. Additionally, the new laws...

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FASVIG Gets Funding to Continue Airspace Work
Apr08

FASVIG Gets Funding to Continue Airspace Work

Following its unsuccessful bid for continuation funding from the FAS Investment Board in November 2017, the Future Airspace Strategy VFR Implementation Group (FASVIG) has now received a reprieve after its funding bid for 21 month’s work was submitted and accepted. The FASVIG team presented the outline plan for this new programme of work to stakeholders on 21 March. In addition to increased GA communications and engagement, the FASVIG...

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UK Air Accident Investigation Regulations Updated
Apr06

UK Air Accident Investigation Regulations Updated

UK Law governing the investigation of aviation-accidents is being updated with new regulation coming into force on the 9th April.  Notable points include: • The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (“the AAIB”) (part of the Department for Tranport) continues to be designated as the safety investigation authority for the United Kingdom. • The sole objective of a safety investigation is the prevention of accidents and incidents, without...

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Transponder Phraseology?
Apr06

Transponder Phraseology?

Report Text: I called ATC asking for a Basic Service. I was given the QNH which I entered into my altimeter; Sky Demon and GPS confirmed the same altitude – 2400ft. After approximately 4 minutes I was called by  ATC warning me that I was about to enter their controlled airspace at 2600ft! (controlled airspace minimum 2500ft.) I informed them that my instruments confirmed that my altitude was 2400ft. ATC asked to change to Mode...

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Busy Flight, Distractions, Minus Landing Checks
Apr03

Busy Flight, Distractions, Minus Landing Checks

After flying to another airfield, where the pilot flying had just revalidated an instrument rating, the pilot and examiner returned towards the base airfield for the pilot to complete a multi-engine proficiency check. The check concluded at the base where a number of circuits were to be flown. Downwind on the final circuit, the aircraft was configured for a simulated asymmetric approach and landing, with intermediate flaps selected...

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