These are the Airport Operations News Bulletins issued by Flight Safety Foundation during 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
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Crew Lands B-777 on Runway Section Closed for Construction. The flight crew had received several advisories about displaced-threshold operations at the New Zealand airport. The aircraft was observed on a low approach by the work-party coordinator, who kept the workers clear of the construction area.
U.K. Government–Industry Partnership Targets London Airspace Infringements. The initiative has identified causal factors, emphasized procedural compliance and worked to improve communication between general aviation aircraft pilots and air traffic controllers. An independent Internet site enables stakeholders to monitor the results.
Noise-abatement Procedures Require Periodic Risk Assessment. European authorities
typically require airport managers, air traffic controllers and aircraft operators
to reduce aircraft noise through operating procedures and other methods.
Demonstration flights and flight-data monitoring could help determine if noise-
related operating constraints conflict with safety objectives, said the U.K. Civil
Training Deficiency Leaves Catering Driver Unprepared to Resolve Disorientation. During takeoff, an Airbus A330 passed directly over a motor vehicle that inadvertently was being operated on the same runway. Although experienced and authorized to drive on parts of the Sydney International Airport movement area, the driver had neither a two-way radio nor guidance for this situation, said the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. During takeoff, an Airbus A330 passed directly over a motor vehicle that inadvertently was being operated on the same runway. Although experienced and authorized to drive on parts of the Sydney International Airport movement area, the driver had neither a two-way radio nor guidance for this situation, said the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
Disagreements About Deicing, Post-deicing Inspection Contribute to Serious Incident. Citing inadequate procedures for contracting airport ground services, the Italian Air Safety Board said that the flight crew of a Fokker 70 did not recognize that the wings were cold-soaked, suspect formation of clear ice or inspect the upper-wing surface before takeoff. Citing inadequate procedures for contracting airport ground services, the Italian Air Safety Board said that the flight crew of a Fokker 70 did not recognize that the wings were cold-soaked, suspect formation of clear ice or inspect the upper-wing surface before takeoff.
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Rejected Takeoff Prevents Runway Collision After System of ATC Defenses Fails.
The Dutch Transportation Safety Board said that the Boeing 767 flight crew observed the Boeing 747 as it was being towed across the runway in low-visibility conditions. The takeoff clearance involved misinterpretation of the surface movement radar display of the B-747’s position and direction of movement
Memory Lapses, Miscommunication, Inadequate Coordination Cited as Most Common Causes of Tower Controllers’ Errors.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says that reports on operational errors at U.S. airport traffic control towers show that the most common contributing factor was that the controller forgot crucial information, such as an aircraft clearance, a vehicle on a runway or a closed runway.
Traffic Conflict Near Australian Airport Prompts Call for Airborne Collision Avoidance Systems.
The investigation revealed problems with situational awareness and self-separation techniques under instrument flight rules. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommended mandatory use of airborne collision avoidance systems by aircraft with 10 seats to 30 seats in regular public transport operations.
Special Double Issue: In Aircraft Fueling, Fire Prevention Requires Strict Compliance With Routine Procedures.
Universally recommended practices for fueling transport aircraft have helped to maintain a low incidence of jet-fuel fires on airport ramps. Despite the few accidents on record, complacency, poor training, inadequate compliance with procedures or neglected maintenance can cause serious consequences.
U.S. Security Screeners Must Improve Performance at Airport Checkpoints.
A study of security-screening practices at airports in Belgium, Canada, France, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States said that aptitude, job qualifications, pay and training influence screeners’ effectiveness in detecting hazardous items in carry-on baggage.
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