South West Airlines Flight WN 1380 17 April 2018.
On 17 April 2018 a South West Airlines Boeing 737-700 experienced an in-flight engine failure on climb-out from New York La Guardia airport which resulted in the death of one passenger who was partially sucked out of a shattered windows during a cabin depressurisation.
The NTSB have confirmed that a fan blade from the left-hand engine (a CFM56-7B) had separated from the engine hub and an initial examination has shown evidence of metal fatigue where the blade became detached.
Nigel is an aviation consultant and flight operations auditor with over 35 years of experience in commercial aviation with both passenger and cargo airlines. He specialises in flight operations support, operational control and supervision. He is the holder of an FAA Part 65 Flight Dispatcher licence and an aviation safety advisor to the PACTS (Parliamentary Council for Transportation Safety) and an independent expert to European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Nigel Johnstone has been involved with civil aviation over 35 years.
“Commercial aviation has an enviable reputation for safety and is frequently held up as an example to aspire to. That reputation has been hard won; coming from the efforts of aviation professionals spending decades learning from incidents and accidents that have befallen the industry.
How Working on the Flight Deck has Changed During the Last 50 Years by Ian Frow - ASG Committee Member
How Working on the Flight Deck has Changed During the Last 50 Years by Ian Frow ASG Committee Member
FLIGHT DECK/FLIGHT CREW CHANGES IN PAST 50 YEARS
A Personal Note
Once I had started to write this blog it turned into something slightly different with a more personal remembered slant. (My personal reminiscences are in italics) For my entire career I was a long-haul pilot although, especially in the early days, we flew a number of short haul type sectors in both Europe and elsewhere in the world. This essay reflects the changes primarily in the BOAC/long haul world but with some BEA/short haul comparisons where applicable.
FATIGUE – Tired Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AME’s) Can Make Mistakes With Disastrous Consequences
IATA has released their 2015 Safety Report a copy of which can be downloaded (gratis) here IATA 2015 Safety Report
Chairman’s Opening Address
STATE OF THE ASG 2017-2018
The following is an extract from the opening address
Our work is as important now as it was when the Group was first formed in 1964 to fight the use of wide cut JP4 fuel in passenger carrying airliners. A ‘globalised’ economy has made our task more complex.
Globalisation is the development of an integrated global economy including greater free trade, free international capital flows, and the availability of inexpensive labour markets in developed and less developed areas. Human societies have gradually integrated over the centuries, but the pace of integration increased dramatically in the late 20th century. Fast aircraft, huge ships, and information technology, especially the Internet, have made the world more interdependent than ever. Companies manufacture products in countries of low labour cost and sell these products across the globe. In the 21st century, money, technology and raw materials can move across national borders quickly and easily. Globalisation has also led to ideas circulating more freely, which has resulted in the creation of international laws and new social movements.
The ASG has become concerned following the promulgation of NOTAM A1294/18 in the early hours of this morning at Gatwick Airport.
Q) EGTT/QSPLC/IV/BO /AE/000/025/5109N00011W014
A) EGKK B) 1804080040 C) 1804080420
DUE SHORT NOTICE SICKNESS ALL GATWICK ATC SERVICES WILL BE SUSPENDED
BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 0100-0200 AND 0330-0400. AS A RESULT A ZERO
FLOW RATE WILL BE APPLIED FROM 0040-0220 AND 0310-0420.)
Enquiries as to why there was no staff sickness cover to maintain operational continuity should be addressed to Gatwick Airport Ltd.
What is a NOTAM :- A notice to airmen (NOTAM) is a notice containing information concerning the establishment, condition or change in any aeronautical facility, service, procedure or hazard, the timely knowledge of which is essential to personnel concerned with flight operations. (ICAO Annex 11: Air Traffic Services) https://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Notice_To_Airmen_(NOTAM)
It’s Been a Challenging Week for Air Traffic Control. Firstly, on Tuesday we had an issue with the Central Flow Management Unit (CFMU), which coordinates supply and demand in the air traffic network. This lack of ability to coordinate demand across Europe resulted in some substantial delays and severe traffic flow restrictions at a number of major European airports.
Then, on Wednesday the UK National Air Traffic Service (NATS) introduced their new electronic flight strip system to the London terminal area. While it caused a few minor delays this has, so far, passed by largely without incident, by which I mean major delays.