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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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  • Norway prepares report on new airline business practices

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  • EASA simplifies PBN preparations

    ​European operators can expect a less bureaucratic transition to performance-based navigation (PBN) procedures...

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  • ANALYSIS: Accident reports published so far in 2015

    News | 27 Jul 2015 09:10 | David Learmount

    Airline accident reports, either final or interim, published by investigators during the first six months of 2015.
  • ANALYSIS: 2015 safety record marred by non-accidents

    News | 27 Jul 2015 09:04 | David Learmount

    The last 18 months have changed perceptions of air traveller safety. The good news is that there continue to be very few serious fatal airline accidents, but that has been offset by three disastrous events that were not accidental.
  • ANALYSIS: Motion modifiers make for better simulator training

    News | 23 Jul 2015 11:32 | David Learmount

    Simulation is an essential tool for improving flight safety through better pilot training, but it could be even more effective, according to some in the industry. Indeed, airlines such as Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific and Cargolux – as well as the US Air Force – have recently decided on simulator motion-system upgrades to enhance their training programmes.
  • ANALYSIS: Europe lags US in RNP airspace management

    News | 07 Jul 2015 10:16 | David Learmount

    Europe may be well behind the rest of the world in using required navigation performance airspace management solutions in airport terminal areas, but aside from the successful Atlantic Airways project in the Faroe Islands, a few other European RNP projects are under way.
  • ANALYSIS: Europe takes selective approach to satellite guidance

    News | 06 Jul 2015 15:16 | David Learmount

    Europe, compared with much of the rest of the world, has been slow to adopt satellite-guided required navigation performance (RNP) airport approach and departure procedures. Where they have been adopted they have been used for airports that cannot employ traditional ground-based aids because close terrain makes the signals from guidance systems such as instrument landing systems (ILS) unusable.
  • ANALYSIS: Complexity threatens to put SESAR off track

    News | 02 Jul 2015 13:11 | David Learmount

    Europe’s Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) project, according to its latest self-assessed progress report, “is proving to be a powerful catalyst in transforming Europe’s ATM network into a modern, cohesive and performance-based operational system.”