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19 August 2016

ATSB releases final report of pushback accident at Melbourne Airport

Point of collision between B737 and A320 (ATSB) 19 August 2016

Ensuring that adequate clearance exists prior to commencing pushback is important to prevent collisions, an accident involving a Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A320 at Melbourne Airport, Australia, showed.

Fuel exhaustion led to Beech King Air forced landing in a field near Montreal, Canada

Flight path of C-GJSU until the moment of impact (Source: GoogleEarth, with TSB annotations) 18 August 2016

Fuel exhaustion led to the forced landing of a Beechcraft King Air 100 in a field near the St-Mathieu-de-Beloeil Airport, Quebec, in June 2013, according to a report released by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB)

EASA updates medical requirements for pilots following Germanwings 9525

EASA 16 August 2016

EASA published a set of proposals to the European Commission for an update of the rules concerning pilots’ medical fitness, as part of its Action Plan following the Germanwings Flight 9525 accident. These rules are contained in so-called Part-MED, which covers aviation safety rules related to the medical aspect and fitness of aircrews.

FAA upgrades aviation safety rating for Indonesia

Garuda Indonesia is now allowed to operate flights to the U.S. (photo H.Ranter/ASN) 15 August 2016

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that Indonesia complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating.

IATA and lithium battery industry call for stricter enforcement

A DC-8 cargo fire in 2006 was likely caused by lithium batteries 15 August 2016

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) partnered with the lithium battery industry to demand stricter enforcement of international regulations regarding the transport of lithium batteries.

FAA proposes $500,000 civil penalty against SeaPort Airlines

A SeaPort Airlines Cessna 208B Grand Caravan (file photo) 4 August 2016

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $500,000 civil penalty against SeaPort Airlines, Inc. for allegedly operating three single-engine Cessna Caravans when they were not airworthy.

Sri Lanka to set up independent aircraft accident investigation bureau

28 July 2016

The Sri Lankan Cabinet granted approval to set up an independent aircraft accident investigation board.

EASA adresses fire risks of lithium batteries on Portable Electronic Devices belonging to airlines

Lithium battery fire on a laptop (CAA) 23 July 2016

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is concerned about the risks associated with the broad use by aircraft operators of portable equipment devices (PEDs), such as portable wireless network providers, containing lithium batteries that exceed ICAO limits.

EASA publishes updated guidance on minimum cockpit occupancy after Germanwings 9525

A320 cockpit door lock 22 July 2016

EASA is offering airlines and regulators more guidance to assess the safety and security risks associated with a flight crew member remaining alone on the flight deck.

Report: Hydraulic fluid mist and protective breathing equipment fire in A330 cabin

22 July 2016

An Airbus A330 was evacuated at Karachi Airport after the cabin filled with a hydraulic fluid mist and when a cabin crew member’s smoke hood caught fire, according to an investigation by the UAE GCAA.