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  • Full cockpit-voice transcript of TAM A320 reveals clues to crash


    <P>Cockpit transcripts indicate that spoilers did not activate on the TAM Airbus A320 which overran at Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport last month, and that the crew were unable to decelerate the aircraft after it landed.</P> <P><A href="http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2007/08/02/215872/tam-a320-crash-full-transcript-from-cockpit-voice-recorder.html">Read the full transcript of the TAM A320 crash...</A></P> <P>The transcript confirms the pilots were aware of the jet’s non-functioning thrust-reverser and the strong possibility the runway would be slippery. But there is no obvious evidence of a go-around attempt.</P> <P>Preliminary drafts of the cockpit-voice recorder transcript, released by investigators, reveal nothing abnormal about the descent as flight JJ3054 from Porto Alegre prepared to touch down at Congonhas on 17 July.</P> <P>Approximately five minutes before the aircraft landed the commander highlights the fact that the right-hand thrust-reverser has been deactivated, stating


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  • Full cockpit-voice transcript of TAM A320 reveals clues to crash

    News | 02 Aug 2007 10:29 | David Kaminksi-Morrow

    <P>Cockpit transcripts indicate that spoilers did not activate on the TAM Airbus A320 which overran at Sao Paulo Congonhas Airport last month, and that the crew were unable to decelerate the aircraft after it landed.</P> <P><A href="http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2007/08/02/215872/tam-a320-crash-full-transcript-from-cockpit-voice-recorder.html">Read the full transcript of the TAM A320 crash...</A></P> <P>The transcript confirms the pilots were aware of the jet’s non-functioning thrust-reverser and the strong possibility the runway would be slippery. But there is no obvious evidence of a go-around attempt.</P> <P>Preliminary drafts of the cockpit-voice recorder transcript, released by investigators, reveal nothing abnormal about the descent as flight JJ3054 from Porto Alegre prepared to touch down at Congonhas on 17 July.</P> <P>Approximately five minutes before the aircraft landed the commander highlights the fact that the right-hand thrust-reverser has been deactivated, statinghttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Full-cockpit-voice-transcript-of-TAM-A320-reveals-clues-to-crash-215869/
  • PICTURE: Lufthansa explores interest in proposed all-sleeper economy cabin

    News | 17 Jul 2007 12:27 | David Kaminksi-Morrow

    <P><A href="http://konzern.lufthansa.com/en/html/erlebniszukunft/index.html" target=_blank>German flag-carrier Lufthansa </A>is examining the development of a specialised all-sleeper configuration for the economy-class cabin on long-haul flights, and has been canvassing passenger opinion on the concept.</P> <P> <TABLE style="WIDTH: 50%" border=1> <TBODY> <TR></TR> <TR></TR> <TR></TR></TBODY></TABLE></P> <TABLE style="WIDTH: 50%" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TH><IMG style="WIDTH: 445px; HEIGHT: 234px" alt="" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=18519" border=0> </TH></TR> <TR> <TD> <H6 align=right>© Lufthansa</H6></TD></TR> <TR> <TD> <H5> One possible configuration for Lufthansa’s proposed ‘Sleepers Class’</H5></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE> <P>The airline has generated an conceptual image of the proposed ‘Sleepers Class’ cabin, showing a possible arrangement featuring fully lie-flat bunks stacked three-high in a herringbone layout on either side of the cabin, with addhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/PICTURE-Lufthansa-explores-interest-in-proposed-all-sleeper-economy-cabin-215551/
  • All Indonesian carriers and TAAG Angola blacklisted by EU

    News | 28 Jun 2007 16:01 | David Kaminksi-Morrow

    <P>European air safety authorities have banned all Indonesian carriers, as well as <A href="http://www.angola.org.uk/taag.htm" target=_blank>Angolan flag-carrier TAAG</A>, from operating to the European Union as part of a revision to the air transport blacklist.</P> <P align=center> </P> <P> <TABLE style="WIDTH: 445px" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=center border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TH> <H6 align=right><IMG style="WIDTH: 445px; HEIGHT: 310px" alt="" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=18328" border=0> <BR>© Airbus   </H6></TH></TR> <TR> <TD> <H5>Indonesia's flag carrier Garuda will be affected</H5></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></P> <P>The updated list also bans Ukrainian carrier Volare Aviation Enterprise while restrictions imposed on Pakistan International Airlines are to be modified. In the last update European regulators banned all PIA aircraft except its Boeing 777s.</P> <P>While full details have yet to be disclosed, the <A href="http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air_portal/safety/agencyhttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/All-Indonesian-carriers-and-TAAG-Angola-blacklisted-by-EU-215259/
  • Struggling RAK Airways replaces chief after just four months

    News | 28 Jun 2007 09:05 | David Kaminksi-Morrow

    <P>Struggling Middle Eastern start-up carrier <A href="http://www.rakairways.com/Sub.aspx?ID=536&MID=13&PID=6&FirstParentID=6" target=_blank>RAK Airways</A> has lost chief executive Kishu Teckchandani just four months after he was brought in to succeed former head Jack Romero.</P> <P>RAK Airways confirms that Teckchandani has left the Ras Al Khaimah-based airline which has suffered a number of setbacks in its bid to become the United Arab Emirates’ fourth flag-carrier.</P> <P>The airline has replaced him with chief operating officer Khalid Almeer. A source close to the company says: “As of now he’s the one in charge of the company.”</P> <P>RAK Airways, which has been battling to establish operations, has not given a reason for Teckchandani’s leaving. He was appointed in February this year after the equally-sudden departure of Jack Romero.</P> <P>Khalid Almeer has served as a pilot for Gulf Air, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways on several Boeing and Airbus types.</P> <P>RAK Airways hashttp://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Struggling-RAK-Airways-replaces-chief-after-just-four-months-215241/
  • Investigation opens after fire-fighting DC-10 clips trees in California blaze

    News | 27 Jun 2007 16:12 | David Kaminksi-Morrow

    <P>Investigators in California are examining a <A href="http://www.boeing.com/history/mdc/dc-10.htm" target=_blank>McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10</A> fire-fighting tanker after the tri-jet struck trees while combating a forest fire in the south of the state.</P> <P>The incident occurred after the aircraft encountered severe turbulence while battling fires outside of Rosamond in Kern County, some 60nm northwest of its Victorville base.</P> <P>California’s <A href="http://www.fire.ca.gov/newsreleases_content/downloads/2007archive/DC10_Release.pdf" target=_blank>Department of Forestry & Fire Protection </A>says that the blaze, known as the White Fire, has consumed over 4,200ha (10,400 acres) of brush. It has been attended by more than 1,400 fire personnel and 70 engines, assisted by six tankers and seven helicopters.</P> <P> <TABLE style="WIDTH: 445px" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=center border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TH> <H6 align=right><IMG style="WIDTH: 445px; HEIGHT: 292px" alt="" src="../http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/Investigation-opens-after-fire-fighting-DC-10-clips-trees-in-California-blaze-215230/
  • No evidence of mechanical failure on crashed Kenya Airways Boeing 737

    News | 27 Jun 2007 14:26 | David Kaminksi-Morrow

    Cameroonian investigators say that a preliminary assessment of flight-data recorder information from the Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 that crashed in May...http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/No-evidence-of-mechanical-failure-on-crashed-Kenya-Airways-Boeing-737-215228/