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19 June 2016

Flight recorders under water: list of longest periods before recovery

Air France flight 447 Cockpit voice recorder (CVR) on the sea bed 19 June 2016

Twenty-eight days after the accident, both flight records of EgyptAir flight 804 were recovered from the Mediterranean Sea this week. How does this compare to recorder recovery operations of other commercial aircraft accidents at sea?

U.S. commercial aviation community targets pilot mental fitness

17 June 2016

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is working with commercial airlines and pilots’ unions to improve mental health evaluations, and encourage voluntary reporting of pilot mental health issues.

EU updates black list, clearing Air Madagascar, Citilink, Lion Air and Batik Air

EU blacklist 17 June 2016

The European Commission updated the EU Air Safety List, clearing Zambia, Air Madagascar, Citilink, Lion Air and Batik Air from the list.

Report: Two Australian Boeing 737’s landed below minima due to fog

Approximate aircraft positions at 0900, just prior to initiating the diversion to
Mildura (ATSB) 3 June 2016

Two Boeing 737 aircraft landed below minima due to fog at Mildura Airport, Australia, according to an ATSB report.

Russia: U.S. spy plane causes airprox event involving KLM and Swiss flights over Sea of Japan

KL862 inside Khabarovsk FIR 25 May 2016

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, air traffic controllers were forced to give two airliners instructions to avoid a possible conflict with a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft over the Sea of Japan.

FAA tests FBI drone detection system at New York-JFK Airport

17 May 2016

The U.S. FAA and its government partners are expanding research on ways to detect “rogue” drones around airports that could pose a threat to aircraft.

Report: EFB software anomaly causes incorrect takeoff performance data calculation

EFB  takeoff performance screen (AAIB) 15 May 2016

An EFB software anomaly likely caused incorrect takeoff performance data be calculated by the crew of an easyJet Airbus A319 at Belfast Airport, according to an AAIB report.

PNG Islander plane crash investigation compromised by looters

Accident scene near Kiunga (PNG AIC) 13 May 2016

The Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission (AIC) released a preliminary report on the fatal accident involving a Turbine Islander near Kiunga. The AIC chief blamed locals for disturbing the accident scene.

ATSB: Debris found in March almost certainly from missing flight MH370

Comparison of MH370 debris (ATSB) 12 May 2016

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) determined that two recently found items of debris were almost certainly from the missing flight MH370.

Boeing 757 inappropriate crew response to unreliable airspeed causes injuries and damage

Damage to service
bay and associated structure (AAIU) 10 May 2016

Turbulence and an inappropriate response to an unreliable airspeed caused 17 minor injuries and the loss of the centre hydraulic system on a Boeing 757 over Ireland, according to the Irish Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU).