News Listings for McDonnell Douglas MD-82

  • ANALYSIS: Airline safety performance in 2014

    News | 08 Jan 2015 12:10 | David Learmount

    Despite public perception, 2014 has been an extraordinarily good year for aviation safety – but the shadow of MH370, MH17 and December's AirAsia disaster cast a long shadow over the positive figures
  • Spirited training

    News | 03 Apr 2001 15:05

    <p>US low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines has placed an order for a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 Level 4 flight training device (FTD) from Atlantis Systems.</p>
  • Crew drills highlighted at Little Rock crash hearing

    News | 01 Feb 2000 00:00

    <p>On its fatal 2 June, 1999, night approach to Little Rock Airport, Arkansas, the crew of American Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82 Flight 1420 had difficulty lining up with the runway, the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) has revealed. </p> <p>Released at a US National Transportation Safety Board public hearing, the CVR records American Capt Richard Buschmann, who was at the controls and was killed in the crash, saying that "this is a can of worms " and that the aircraft was "way off course". </p> <p>At issue is the decision to land in adverse weather. Evidence shows that air traffic control gave the pilots all the weather information they needed and passed them two windshear alerts. </p> <p>Despite the storm, however, the crew eventually saw the runway and decided to land. The co-pilot, however, said that he expected the captain to go around again. </p> <p>Reconstruction in a simulator shows the aircraft touching down to the right of the centreline, then tracking nearly to the runwa
  • Pilots 'need real-time weather data' in cockpit

    News | 03 Aug 1999 23:00

    <p>Real-time weather information is needed in the cockpit to deal with conditions such as those that played a role in the 2 June crash of an American Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82 in Little Rock, Arkansas, says the US Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). </p> <p>ALPA's Paul McCarthy told a Congressional panel: "In this age of electronic technology, everyone in the pilot's communications chain has better weather information than pilot and crew have available in the cockpit." He says flight crews need direct access to real-time weather graphics via a data link, but "development of this technology has been slow, partly because commitment to fund some levels of system development has apparently been hesitant." McCarthy also advocates requiring Doppler weather radars in all US Federal Aviation Regulations Part 121 carrier transports. </p> <p>The US Air Transport Association's Robert Frenzel says carriers need direct access to weather data generated by the Raytheon Terminal Doppler Weath
  • FAA to tighten crew duty rules

    News | 22 Jun 1999 23:00

    <p>The US Federal Aviation Administration is to enforce more rigorously the rules on pilot flight time, duty and rest requirements, and is increasing pressure on an industry working group to update its rules. </p> <p>The FAA's move follows pressure from the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and from pilot groups. Its renewed focus on flight times follows the 1 June crash landing of an American Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82 at Little Rock, Arkansas. </p> <p>When the aircraft overran the runway while landing in a thunderstorm, the cockpit crew had been on duty for 13.5h - 30min below the US maximum permissible. </p> <p>The NTSB says outdated rules allow fatigued pilots to put public safety at risk, and it recommends that, within two years, the FAA should establish scientifically based crew rest regulations that set limits on duty hours, provide work and rest schedules, consider the effects of time zones and determine sleep requirements. </p> <p>The NTSB also wants dut
  • NATCO markets KLM simulator capacity

    News | 11 Mar 1998 00:00

    <p>Graham Warwick/WASHINGTON DC </p> <p>Northwest Airlines and KLM have expanded their alliance to include marketing of training on the Netherlands carrier's flight simulator fleet through Northwest Aerospace Training (NATCO). The agreement provides third-party customers with access to a total of 32 simulators and flight training devices owned by NATCO and KLM and covering a wide range of Airbus, Boeing and McDonnell Douglas aircraft. </p> <p>The two organisations have also entered the arena of joint simulator purchases, reaching an agreement with CAE Electronics for an Airbus A320 full-flight simulator for NATCO and a Boeing 737-800 simulator for KLM and its subsidiary Transavia. Both will be delivered in November 1998. </p> <p>Under their co-operation agreement, NATCO will market spare capacity on the eight full-flight simulators in KLM's Flight Crew Training Centre at Schiphol-East in Amsterdam. NATCO operates independently of Northwest and has an established marketing apparatus,