WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Transportation Safety Board issued a Safety Alert Nov. 15, 2016, to pilots with suggestions on what they can do to reduce their chances of being involved in a midair collision.
In an effort to illustrate the limitations of the “see and avoid” concept of aircraft separation, the NTSB created a series of animations depicting the pilots’ visual field of view from each of the four airplanes involved in two midair collisions that were investigated by the NTSB in 2015.
The animations show how difficult it can be for pilots to spot converging aircraft that may present a midair collision risk in a dynamic visual environment. [Read more…]
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — Fatal accidents in experimental category aircraft continued their decline in the 12-month period ending Sept. 30, according to figures just released by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).
The totals, which include fatal accidents during the 2016 federal fiscal year (October 2015 through September 2016), showed that fatal accidents in amateur-built aircraft in the FAA’s experimental category fell 17% from the previous 12-month period.
The specific totals indicate 33 fatal accidents, compared to 40 during the prior year and 51 for the 2014 federal fiscal year. [Read more…]
As part of an effort to evaluate technologies that can be used to safely detect unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) around airports, the FAA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are conducting drone-detection research during the week of Nov. 16, 2016, in the vicinity of Denver International Airport. [Read more…]
By TED LUEBBERS
On Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, the Leesburg High School Spark Club visited the Leesburg International Airport in Florida to learn about the opportunities for future employment and economic development at the airport.
The Spark Club was started three years ago by the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce as a leadership program for senior students who had good academic grades and demonstrated leadership skills. Many of these students were recommended for the Spark Club by their teachers. [Read more…]