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  • Background to Germanwings A320 accident


    There are few facts available about the 24 March Germanwings Airbus A320 crash in the French Alps, but it is an unusual event in that whatever precipitated the accident appears to have occurred in the cruise. In this case the cruise was a very brief period – less than 3min from levelling out at the top of climb to the beginning of the continuous descent to impact.


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  • EASA proposes new safety oversight management


    ​Following broad consultation with national aviation authorities, the European Aviation Safety Agency has published...


  • VIDEO: Poor communication between pilots in Argentina helicopter crash?


    Argentinian and French authorities investigating the 10 March mid-air helicopter collision that killed eight French...


  • BA and CAA ordered to act on cabin air contamination


    ​British Airways and the UK Civil Aviation Authority have been given 56 days (until 13 April) to reply to a Coroner’s...


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  • ANALYSIS: Air France, Malaysia Airlines losses prompt rethink on flight data

    News | 25 Mar 2015 14:59 | David Learmount

    ​Calgary-based communications specialist Flyht did not need events like the loss of Air France flight 447 or Malaysia Airlines MH370 to persuade it that airlines’ connectivity with their aircraft could beneficially be improved. It had been producing intelligent on-board satellite communications systems since 2003, and if either or both those aircraft had been fitted with one of these, the airline operations departments – and emergency services - would have had a great deal of instant information about the nature of the anomaly the aircraft and crew faced, and an accurate picture of the aircraft’s location.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/ANALYSIS-Air-France-Malaysia-Airlines-losses-prompt-rethink-on-flight-data-410137/
  • Background to Germanwings A320 accident

    News | 24 Mar 2015 16:55 | David Learmount

    There are few facts available about the 24 March Germanwings Airbus A320 crash in the French Alps, but it is an unusual event in that whatever precipitated the accident appears to have occurred in the cruise. In this case the cruise was a very brief period – less than 3min from levelling out at the top of climb to the beginning of the continuous descent to impact.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Background-to-Germanwings-A320-accident-410509/
  • Europe launches latest SESAR plans

    News | 23 Mar 2015 18:12 | David Learmount

    Launching the latest phase of the Single European Sky air traffic management (ATM) operational concept, Eurocontrol says the plan is, by 2019, to deliver an intelligent, networked system capable of optimising individual flight efficiency while maximising traffic flow through finite airspace and airports. Known as Reference Period 2 (RP2) of the Network Strategy Plan (NSP), the four-year programme is intended also to reduce the overall cost – and therefore the user charges – of the network.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Europe-launches-latest-SESAR-plans-410469/
  • EASA awards contract for cabin air contamination research

    News | 18 Mar 2015 13:06 | David Learmount

    ​EASA has commissioned a pair of German organisations – one a medical school and the other an applied research establishment – to research cabin air quality. The agency says the research will start with in-flight work to identify suitable instrumentation to measure cabin and cockpit air contamination.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/EASA-awards-contract-for-cabin-air-contamination-research-410302/
  • EASA proposes new safety oversight management

    News | 17 Mar 2015 17:25 | David Learmount

    ​Following broad consultation with national aviation authorities, the European Aviation Safety Agency has published proposals for a more flexible and responsive way of managing safety oversight in Europe.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/EASA-proposes-new-safety-oversight-management-410252/
  • French research project highlights risk of pilot stress

    News | 12 Mar 2015 13:27 | David Learmount

    French aerospace engineering school the Institut Superieur de l'Aerospace et de l'Espace in Toulouse is researching pilot physiological and neurological reactions to stress, with the objective of recognising the signals that precede potential error in order to understand and prevent it.http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/French-research-project-highlights-risk-of-pilot-stress-410078/