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ATSB releases prelim report on Tiger Moth crash | Australian Aviation Magazine

ATSB releases prelim report on Tiger Moth crash | Australian Aviation Magazine | Aviation OHS | Scoop.it
The subject of the accident, VH-TSG in happier times. (ATSB report) The ATSB has released its preliminary report into the in-flight break up of a DH-82A
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As we can see here, another vintage aircraft has crashed, due to structural failure. Unless replacement parts and surfaces are made and fitted to these aircraft, they will eventually fail. What needs to come of this is stricter limitations on vintage aircraft and their operators, as well as full airframe scans and checks to ensure tragic accidents resulting in both fatalities and priceless aircraft being lost do not occur in the future.

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Drone allegedly used in attempt to smuggle drugs into Melbourne prison - ABC Online

Drone allegedly used in attempt to smuggle drugs into Melbourne prison - ABC Online | Aviation OHS | Scoop.it
AFP Drone allegedly used in attempt to smuggle drugs into Melbourne prison ABC Online Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) spokesman Peter Gibson says the recreational use of drones is unregulated in Australia despite there being rules to manage...
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The amateur aviator now has access to state-of-the-art flying machines. However, this article displays how they can be used for sinister purposes. Although CASA has laws regarding the use of such pilot-less aircraft aka drones or UAVs, it is very hard to control. For your typical 'Toys-R-Us' type of RC helicopter, which is generally incapable of complex maneuvers and performance, there isn't a requirement for strict guidelines. However, for more complex machines, there definitely has to be some form of licensing and/or registration.

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CASA Safety Video - Spatial Disorientation - YouTube

An experienced pilot demonstrates the physical symptoms of spatial disorientation in a ground-based Barany chair. Essential viewing for all pilots. Civil Avi...
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A quick to the point an interesting point of view from highly experienced professionals about the dangers of spatial disorientation and how to avoid it. It firmly drummed into me some key points taught from the beginning of my flying training, such as trusting your instruments and not flying by the seat of your pants as well as being physically and psychologically prepared for your flight.

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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Debris found near Vietnam's Tu Chao island not from plane, says Malaysian official

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Debris found near Vietnam's Tu Chao island not from plane, says Malaysian official | Aviation OHS | Scoop.it
THE search operations for the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner has widened on Sunday from 20 to 50 nautical miles, as there is still no sign of the plane which vanished over 40 hours ago.
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This press release further leads to the confusion surrounding the potential disaster arisen from the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370. If it goes by my original speculation of a mid-air explosion of one form or another (whether terrorist activity or catastrophic component failure), at an altitude of 35,000 ft, there would be debris scattered everywhere. So when debris is found but it turns out to be unrelated, some serious questions start getting asked...

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Possible pilot shortage may impact regional airports

Possible pilot shortage may impact regional airports | Aviation OHS | Scoop.it
A recent study by the United States Government shows there could be a shortage of airline pilots over the next five to ten years, which could potentially impact smaller, regional airports like those on the Central Coast.The pilot shortage is a result of the FAA regulatory changes including making it mandator for pilots to retire at age 65, and many pilots are reaching that age. Changes also include increasing the minimum number of flight hours for pilots from 250 to 1,500.Also, pilot rest time between flights is increased from eight to ten hours.The increasing cost of flight school is leaving new pilots in debt.Aviation analysts say fewer pilots are coming out of the military.Airport managers on the Central Coast say it's too early to tell how the shortage will affect flights locally.However, they are looking ahead to 2018 when analysts say the effects will be most significant.The industry is forecasting the need to hire between 1,900 and 4,500 pilots per year, on average, over the next decade because of the regulatory changes.Patricia Freeman was flying out of San Luis Obispo Airport Monday on her way to Boston.It is so much more convenient. I like flying out of the smaller airports because it's just less hectic and anytime you travel around Los Angeles, the traffic is just really, really heavy,
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It seems as though a major reason for the drop in pilot numbers within the US is due to wages. If you remember correctly, Capt. Sullenberger, the heroic pilot of the infamous Hudson River crash was working two jobs to support his family. Despite being a highly skilled (was a former USAF F-4 Phantom pilot) pilot and having to work under stressful conditions daily, his expertise was not deemed appropriate for a higher wage. With a huge demand for pilots at the moment within the US, there is a possibility that pilots may be hired who are not cut out for the job, they may be poorly skilled and poorly motivated. Also, the volume of pilots that need to be trained within a specific time may lead to inadequate training, raising safety concerns.

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PatrickandAlexis Doyle's comment, March 12, 2014 7:26 AM
Have enjoyed reading your scoops Nic. Some really interesting topics and good insight. Pat.
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Boeing says flaw could affect 55 Dreamliners

Boeing says flaw could affect 55 Dreamliners | Aviation OHS | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - About 55 Boeing Co 787 Dreamliner jets may have a recently discovered flaw in the fuselage, the company said on Wednesday, while reiterating that the world's first carbon-plastic
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The B787 has been copping some serious flak over the past few years even before its introduction. Its had little issue after little issue as it would seem. However, for such a revolutionary aircraft (the first airliner to be completely built out of plastic really) it will obviously have issues. Unfortunately, its problems are overshadowing its excellent performance and economy.

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Missing Jet: Vietnam tightens aviation security

Missing Jet: Vietnam tightens aviation security | Aviation OHS | Scoop.it
Vietnamese transport ministry on Monday ordered its aviation sector to tighten security after a Malaysian jet went missing near the country. According to the D
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What this is is a decision that should have been implemented months if not years ago. The fact that people have and had been flying on stolen passports in such modern times as now is sickening. Interpol publishes a list for airlines to use and the fact that a potential terrorist  attack is required for action to be taken is simply not good enough.

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Runway changes could hamper regional aviation and force airlines including Rex to curtail outback services

New aviation rules could affect a number of regional areas where airstrips fail to meet international standards.
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I have mixed feelings about CASA's decision to impose laws regarding runway width for commercial aviation. Although it will increase the safety margin at certain ports. For example, at Sunshine Coast airport (YBSU), the main runway 18/36 is only 30m wide, compared to the ICAO standard of 45m. On particularly windy days where an easterly is blowing, the risk of a crosswind incident occurring increases. However, this will impact significantly on the region's tourism industry negatively. Conversely, it will hasten the airport's re-development plans.

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PatrickandAlexis Doyle's comment, March 12, 2014 7:24 AM
Hi Nic, good point raised here. I've worked in commercial aviation for over ten years now and am surprised at the number of airports with daily jet traffic and their main runway is only 30 metres wide. Places like Ayers Rock suffer as a consequence of this limitation. Cheers. Pat.
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Boeing Stock Falling As Malaysia Airlines Mystery Continues

Boeing Stock Falling As Malaysia Airlines Mystery Continues | Aviation OHS | Scoop.it
Nearly three days have passed since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has disappeared out of thin air, and with more questions than answers, shares of the airline and its manufacturer, Boeing, have taken hits in Monday trading. In other airline-related news, American Airlines and JetBlue announced Monday that they are discontinuing their frequent flier partnership.
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If ever there was a knee-jerk reaction to an event this is one. The B777 has an excellent safety record, having only been involved in one previous fatal accident (which ultimately was pilot error, not aircraft error). It therefore seems to be a huge over-reaction on the stock market due to this incident, especially if it turns out not to be anything to do with the aircraft.

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Lateline - 10/03/2014: Desmond Ross discusses Flight MH 370

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Mr Ross' thought mirror mine almost exactly. His experience and expertise on the subject means his opinions are highly researched as well. Although I am not trying to sound like a conspiracy theorist, it seems incredibly odd that a terrorist organisation, would not claim responsibility for this. Remember, a goal of terrorism is to create fear through violence to a targeted group. If we do not know who or attacked this aircraft and therefore be fearful of, the potential terrorists behind this have not achieved their goal.
Also, the lack of an emergency squawk, hijack squawk or Mayday call lead me to believe that there must have been an instant explosion or catastrophic decompression in order for the pilots to have simply not been able to report there was an issue.

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