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February 13, 2019 -No. 032

 

 

In This Issue

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Incident: Envoy E135 at Dallas on Feb 11th 2019, trim and autopilot failure

Incident: American A319 near Montgomery on Feb 12th 2019, engine problem

Incident: American B38M near San Juan on Feb 12th 2019, hydraulic failure

Incident: Indigo A320 near Yangoon on Feb 12th 2019, engine shut down in flight

Accident: Ural A320 at Barnaul on Feb 12th 2019, platform of stairs collapses during boarding

Cessna U206G Stationair 6 - Fatal Accident (Kenya)

Boeing 747-406BC - Ground Collision (Amsterdam)

EASA issues recommendations on explosive door openings on parked aircraft

LIBIK Fire Suppression Kits for the Cabin and Flight Deck

Position:...Head of Group Human Factors

IS-BAO Operator Continuous Improvement Roundtable at 2019 NBAA IOC

FAA orders markings for civilian drones

COCKPIT VOICE RECORDER RECOVERED FROM AIR TINDI CRASH

Gulfstream's G500 Earns Safety Innovation Award

No aircraft in Nigeria can operate with worn out tyre -NCAA

ASTM Standardizes Aircraft Landing Calc Terms

EASA completes initial MC-21 flight-test evaluation

Mokulele Airlines acquired by Mississippi-based Southern Airways

Pilots sue Atlas Air to stop subcontracting passenger flights

NTSB - IA Renewal Safety Seminar

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Incident: Envoy E135 at Dallas on Feb 11th 2019, trim and autopilot failure

 

An Envoy Embraer ERJ-140, registration N803AE performing flight MQ-4215/AA-4215 from Fort Smith,AR to Dallas Ft. Worth,TX (USA) with 6 people on board, was on approach to DFW's runway 18L when the crew declared emergency reporting they had a trim failure and associated autopilot failure. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on the runway about 14 minutes later.

The occurrence aircraft returned to service about 14.5 hours after landing.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/ENY4215/history/20190211/1639Z/KFSM/KDFW


http://avherald.com/h?article=4c41f1a1&opt=0

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Incident: American A319 near Montgomery on Feb 12th 2019, engine problems

 

An American Airlines Airbus A319-100, registration N821AW performing flight AA-2083 from Charleston,SC to Dallas Ft. Worth,TX (USA), was enroute at FL380 about 45nm west of Montgomery,AL (USA) when the crew decided to divert to Montgomery reporting problems with an engine (V2524) problem. The aircraft landed safely about 30 minutes later.

A replacement A319-100 registration N823AW reached Dallas Ft. Worth with a delay of 6.5 hours.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL2083/history/20190212/1228Z/KCHS/KDFW


http://avherald.com/h?article=4c41ec67&opt=0

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Incident: American B38M near San Juan on Feb 12th 2019, hydraulic failure

 

An American Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX, registration N308RD performing flight AA-1254 from Miami,FL (USA) to San Juan (Puerto Rico) with 142 pasengers and 6 crew, was descending towards San Juan, runway 10 was assigned for landing, when the crew reported a hydraulic failure and requested runway 08, however, no further assistance was needed. Emergency services were told to expect a gear up landing. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 08 about 10 minutes later.

San Juan Police reported the aircraft suffered a hydraulic mechanical break down in the rear of the aircraft.

The airline reported an indicator light prompted the crew to declare emergency as a precaution.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/AAL1254/history/20190212/1535Z/KMIA/TJSJ


http://avherald.com/h?article=4c41ea6f&opt=0

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Incident: Indigo A320 near Yangoon on Feb 12th 2019, engine shut down in flight

 

An Indigo Airbus A320-200, registration VT-IHX performing flight 6E-75 from Bangalore (India) to Bangkok (Thailand) with 129 people on board, was enroute at FL370 about 170nm southwest of Yangoon (Myanmar) when the crew received an engine (V2527) low oil pressure indication, performed the related checklist shutting the engine down and diverted to Yangoon for a safe landing about 45 minutes later.

The airline reported there was an oil pressure warning for one of the V2500 engines, the crew carried out the relevant procedures and diverted to Yangoon. The remainder of the flight was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto other flights.


http://avherald.com/h?article=4c41e6b1&opt=0

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Accident: Ural A320 at Barnaul on Feb 12th 2019, platform of stairs collapses during boarding

 

An Ural Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration VQ-BFV performing flight U6-652 from Barnaul to Moscow Domodedovo (Russia), was boarding via a mobile stair with a number of people waiting on its platform to walk through the cabin door when the platform collapsed causing the passengers to fall down onto the apron.

West Siberia's Transport Prosecutor's Office reported 6 people received non-life threatening injuries, 4 of them were taken to a hospital. A criminal case was opened into the accident.

West Siberia's Investigation Department of Transport reported a criminal case was opened due to provision of services not meeting the safety requirements for life and health of consumers, when the stairs collapsed causing injuries of varying degrees to 4 passengers taken to a hospital. The remaining passengers departed with a delay of about 2 hours.

The occurrence aircraft departed Barnaul and reached Moscow with a delay of 2 hours.

Surveillance Video caught the collapse (Video: RT):

 

Caught on cam: Airstair collapses as passengers board plane

Caught on cam: Airstair collapses as passengers board plane


http://avherald.com/h?article=4c41c0cb&opt=0

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Cessna U206G Stationair 6 - Fatal Accident (Kenya)

Date:

13-FEB-2019

Time:

c. 11:00 LT

Type:

Cessna U206G Stationair 6

Owner/operator:

to be determined

Registration:

5Y-BSE

C/n / msn:

U20603699

Fatalities:

Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5

Other fatalities:

0

Aircraft damage:

Written off (damaged beyond repair)

Location:

Makutano Forest, Londiani, Kericho County -Kenya

Phase:

En route

Nature:

Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger

Departure airport:

Ol Kiombo, Mara

Destination airport:

Lodwar

Narrative:
A Cessna U206G Stationair 6 carrying five occupants crashed under unknown circumstances. All five occupants, the pilot and four tourists, died in the crash.

There are conflicting reports about the operator of the aircraft. A photo of 5Y-BSE is posted on the Facebook page of Flight One Aviation. The accident aircraft was also mentioned on the web page of Aerocruise (website currently down for maintenance).

https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=221802

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Boeing 747-406BC - Ground Collision (Amsterdam)

Date:

13-FEB-2019

Time:

09:45

Type:

Boeing 747-406BC

Owner/operator:

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Registration:

PH-BFV

C/n / msn:

28460/1225

Fatalities:

Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:

Other fatalities:

0

Aircraft damage:

Minor

Location:

Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM) -Netherlands

Phase:

Taxi

Nature:

International Scheduled Passenger

Departure airport:

Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM)

Destination airport:

Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX)

Narrative:
A KLM Boeing 747 and 787 collided during taxi and sustained minor damage.

https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=221804

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EASA issues recommendations on explosive door openings on parked aircraft

12 February 2019



In the wake of a fatal occurrence in Finland, theEuropean Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) now issued threerecommendations on explosive door openings on parked aircraft.

 

EASA notes that anaccident involving a Gulfstream G150in January 2018 in Finland was one of several occurrences of explosive door openings on parked aircraft, resulting in injuries, including fatalities, to persons inside or outside the aircraft. The main factor leading to these occurrences was an inadvertent development of an excessive differential pressure between the inside and the outside of the aircraft.

EASA issued aSafety Information Bulletin, recommending that:

  1. Air operators, ATOs, maintenance organisations and CAMOs identify if the risk described in this Safety Information Bulletin is present in their operations or activities, and establish procedures that reflect the associated instructions provided by the aeroplane Type Certificate Holder. Air operators ensure that all personnel involved in handling of the aeroplane (such as aircrew, aircrew instructors, maintenance, ground handling, personnel assigned to perform certain task(s) inside the cabin, etc.) are made aware of the risks and that their training and procedures include the case of explosive door opening and its prevention. Maintenance organisations and CAMOs ensure that all affected personnel are aware of the risk of explosive door opening.
  2. Aerodrome operators ensure that rescue and firefighting personnel are made aware of the risk of an explosive door opening, if their intervention is required.
  3. Other individuals that need to access the aeroplane seek the advice from the operator or the maintenance organisation in-charge before operating a door of a potentially pressurised aeroplane.

https://news.aviation-safety.net/2019/02/12/easa-issues-recommendations-on-explosive-door-openings-on-parked-aircraft/

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Position:Head of Group Human Factors

Reports to:General Manager GSORM

 

Department:Group Safety & Operational Risk Management

Human factors is an interdisciplinary area of psychology that focuses on a range of different topics including ergonomics, human error, product & system design, workplace safety, human capability, and human-hardware-software interaction. Human factors is devoted to understanding how people interact with their environments and the products and objects in those environments.

 

The Head of Group Human Factors (HGHF) is responsible for establishing and maintaining a HF program as part of the Group Airlines (CX/KA) Safety Management System (SMS). The position requires that the incumbent is a technical specialist in HF and System Safety, and has the appropriate qualifications and experience to carry out the required duties. The role scope covers all aspects of CX/KA aviation operations, and includes the provision of HF expertise to operational issues and changes, as well as accident/incident investigations. The primary customer of the role is Flight Operations, and in particular the provision of HF expertise into the design and development of the annual Crew Resource Management (CRM) program.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Minimise risk exposure for CX and KA.
  • Establish and maintain a comprehensive HF program that will enhance the system safety performance of CX/KA, and thus improve both safety outcomes for operations and the wellbeing of employees.
  • Conduct studies into organisational and operational issues where workplace ergonomics and human error are concerned.
  • Apply modern systems thinking ('Safety-II') and system safety principles to all HF activities.
  • Drive the organisation to adopt human-centred design principles in the development and implementation of new policies, procedures, technologies and systems of work.
  • Develop programs and initiatives to understand the difference between work-as-imagined and work-as-done, and make recommendations to improve safety through better work design.
  • Provide HF analysis, expertise and support to safety risk assessments and/or changes to policies, procedures and work.
  • Provide HF analysis, expertise and support to safety investigations in which HF has been identified as an area of interest.
  • Provide HF analysis, expertise and support to the ongoing administration of FOP programs required by quality systems and regulatory authorities (e.g. LOSA, CRM) to ensure the integrity of CX/KA Air Operator's Certificates.
  • Deliver HF training to GSORM Safety and operational management teams to enhance HF knowledge, skills and awareness for use in their day-to-day work (e.g. procedural design).
  • Manage the tracking of regulatory changes and their impact on HF program implementation.
  • Maintain the development and efficient delivery of HF initial and recurrent training programmes in compliance with regulatory requirements for all frontline operational staff.
  • Establish documented HF policies and procedures in accordance with quality system requirements for the purpose of supporting efficient, effective and systematic program implementation.
  • Ensure all HF-related programmes implemented are aligned with industry good practice, keeping abreast of the latest research and development.
  • Ensure definition and content of all HF programs shall be developed in close liaison with operational management personnel.
  • Carry out HF-related projects and studies as assigned by GMGSORM.

 

Requirements

Skills

  • Broad operational knowledge and experience in the functions of the organisation (e.g. training design/management, flight operations, cabin operations, air traffic management, aerodrome operations, and maintenance organisation management.)
  • Sound knowledge of modern safety management principles and practices, including Systems Thinking and Safety-II.
  • Sound knowledge of aviation principles, aerodynamics and modern flight decks.
  • Display a high standard of written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to implement projects and programmes with minimal supervision, and to work independently and under pressure.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Excellent presentation, facilitation and training delivery skills.
  • Ability to relate to all levels, both inside and outside the organisation.
  • A self-motivated team player and confident leader with excellent people management skills.
  • Ability to represent the company in a positive manner at conferences, seminars and meetings where the focus is human factors.
  • Worthy of respect from peers and management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to interact with people at all levels.
  • Strong managerial, coaching and mentoring skills as well the ability to work dynamically against tight deadlines.

Knowledge

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant aviation, engineering, psychology or technical discipline required.
  • Masters or PhD in Human Factors or related discipline, such as Psychology or System Safety, highly desirable.
  • SMS qualification is highly desirable.
  • Strong knowledge of modern safety management principles and practices, such as Systems Thinking and Safety-II.

Experience

  • Minimum 10-15 years relevant work experience in an airline or related industry.
  • Minimum 7 years in management role.
  • A minimum of 5 years employment in an aviation human factors or related role.

 

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FAA orders markings for civilian drones

By Alan Levin


Responding to concerns from law enforcement and security agencies about the potential for concealed explosives, the U.S. government is ordering all civilian drones to add external markings so the owner can be more easily identified.

The regulation, which was posted Tuesday on a preview website for the Federal Register and takes effect Feb. 23, is part of an effort to bring more oversight to the rapidly growing hobby and commercial drone industry. With more than 1 million registered drone users and those numbers expanding rapidly, the Federal Aviation Administration is trying to accommodate calls for expanded uses while also preserving safety and security.

On Jan. 14, the FAA announced a proposed framework for allowing expanded flights over crowds and populated areas. It's also working on regulations that would mandate that drones broadcast a radio beacon identifying their owners and location, a condition insisted on by security agencies.

The regulation would require drone owners to place their registration number on the outside of their devices. When the FAA first required drone owners to register their aircraft in 2015, it said the number could be placed within the battery compartment.

The FAA took the action because agencies such as the FBI and the Homeland Security Department raised concerns "regarding the risk a concealed explosive device poses to first responders who must open a compartment to find the small unmanned aircraft's registration number," the agency said in the rule.

Drone safety and security have been exacerbated by incidents like a disruption to flights into Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., on Jan. 22 after pilots on two flights spotted a suspected drone on their approach to the runway.

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/faa-orders-markings-for-civilian-drones/article_270183ed-f218-5b90-8837-3547ae21cbe6.html

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COCKPIT VOICE RECORDER RECOVERED FROM AIR TINDI CRASH


The cockpit voice recorder from a fatal crash of a Beech King Air 200 near Whati January 30th has been recovered. TSB photo

The cockpit voice recorder of an Air Tindi plane involved in a fatal crash between Whati and Behchoko less than two weeks ago has been recovered.

Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesperson Chris Krepski says flight recorders are 'very valuable' sources of information. The devices record 'flight crew conversations, radio transmissions and sounds heard in the cockpit' a TSB website states.

The recorder has been sent to an engineering lab in Ottawa and investigators won't know more about what, if anything, was captured on it until it is analyzed further.

"The lab has the equipment to analyze them, to recover the information from them, to repair them if they're damaged, to try to piece together what's there," Krepski says.

Regional manager with the TSB Jon Lee told MyYellowknifeNow the device records 30-minute loops of what is transpiring in the cockpit.

According to laws governing the TSB's work, transcripts or audio from the voice recorder are privileged and cannot be shared. Information gleaned from any recording will, however, be used in the investigation and will be described in the findings.

Krepski says investigators are still in the 'field phase' of their work at the site of the January 30th crash, which killed the two pilots on board: Will Hayworth, 36, and Zach McKillop, 28.

The plan is to recover the King Air 200 aircraft and bring it to Edmonton for further analysis. Krepski could not say more about what conditions on the ground looked like now.

At the time of the crash rescuers and investigators dealt with deep snow and wind chill down to minus 33.

On Friday, MLA for Yellowknife Centre Julie Green praised the Winnipeg-based 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron, calling their efforts to reach the crash site 'heroic.'

"Search and rescue technicians parachuted out of the Hercules aircraft carrying overnight survival kits and medical supplies," Green says. The rescuers worked with support from Behchoko's Canadian Rangers, Air Tindi and the crew of a C-130 Hercules, Green added.

"It took six to eight hours for the SAR techs to make their way from their landing to the crash site, wading through chest-deep snow. The Hercules provided light so they could see what they were doing."

Green says traveling in small planes to reach remote communities is a reality in the NWT and '99.9 per cent of the time' they arrive safely.

"But as Northerners, we know that accidents are a reality. When they happen, we depend on search and rescue technicians, the people who are willing to jump out of a plane on a dark and stormy night to see if they can help."

The TSB, RCMP and Coroner's Office continues to investigate the crash. A TSB website dedicated to the investigation is now active.

https://www.myyellowknifenow.com/36367/cockpit-voice-recorder-recovered-from-air-tindi-crash/

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Gulfstream's G500 Earns Safety Innovation Award

Award highlights both the cockpit and the cabin.


One unique safety innovation to the G500 are the active cockpit sidesticks.

Gulfstream Aerospace's G500 recently earned an innovation award for its introduction of the Symmetry Flight Deck and the safety advancements it brings to the business-jet industry. The award came from the Business Intelligence Group, that rewards vision, creativity and persistence in the world's leading companies and individuals. The G500's innovations include active control sidesticks, an extensive use of touch-screen technology and Gulfstream's third-generation Enhanced Flight Vision System. The result is greater situational awareness, increased visibility, enhanced communication and what Gulfstream calls, a new level of safety.

The G500's cabin experience is just as beneficial for passengers as the flight deck is for pilots. The aircraft's new cabin seating is built around usability, comfort and aesthetics. It offers 100 percent fresh air, low noise and a pressurization system that holds the cabin to just 4,850 feet even at FL510 delivering passengers to their destination refreshed, revived and ready for business.

In addition to the BIG Innovation Award, the G500 received Aviation Week's 2017 Technology Laureate Award for the active control sidesticks and Flying's 2019 Editors' Choice Award. The Gulfstream-designed seats on the G500 and its sister ship, the G600, also earned a 2018 International Yacht & Aviation Award.

https://www.flyingmag.com/gulfstreams-g500-earns-safety-innovation-award

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No aircraft in Nigeria can operate with worn out tyre -NCAA


The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority says no airline in Nigeria can operate an aircraft with a worn out tyre based on safety checks put in place by the agency.

Mr Sam Adurogboye, General Manager, Public Relations, NCAA, made the clarification on Tuesday in Lagos.

Adurogboye said that the clarification was necessitated by a trending online picture of an aircraft with worn out tyre allegedly operating in Nigeria.

He explained that flight operations must be in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation, Standard and Recommended Practices and Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations.

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According to him, no airline operator can embark on commercial air transportation for hire and reward without an airworthy operating aircraft.

Adurogboye noted that Certificate of Airworthiness for an aircraft registered in Nigeria would only be issued after satisfactory inspections in line with the provisions of Part 5.4.1.1(b) of the Nig.Cars.

He said that the NCAA's Aviation Safety Inspectors were well trained and well motivated to carry out routine ramp inspection on all airlines operating in the country.

Adurogboye said it was the primary responsibility of NCAA's Inspectors to ensure that all parts of the aircraft comply with the applicable airworthiness requirements before every flight.

"In addition to our oversight roles, NCAA has placed the onerous responsibility of the first line of safety on the operating airlines Pilot-In-Command of each flight and the assigned engineer that authorised each flight.

"With all the various checks and counter-checks put in place by NCAA, combined with that of the operators, it is, therefore, improbable that any airline in Nigeria will operate a service with that kind of tyre," he said.

Adurogboye advised the original author of the post or any other individuals with safety-related issue, to furnish NCAA with the identity of the airline.

He said this would enable the authority to establish the authenticity of the claim and ensure appropriate action.

Adurogboye said the NCAA would continue to carry out surveillance on the industry to ensure safety and security of airline operations in Nigeria.

https://punchng.com/no-aircraft-in-nigeria-can-operate-with-worn-out-tyre-ncaa/

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ASTM Standardizes Aircraft Landing Calc Terms


The standards-setting organization ASTM International is releasing the first global standard for terminology used in aircraft landing distance calculation methods and assessment. ASTM's vehicle-pavement system committee (E17) approved the standard, which will soon be published and encompasses 20 terms. Some of the terms have long been in use, but others were introduced to increase accuracy in landing condition reports, ASTM said.

"For the first time in history, terms such as 'pilot braking action report' will be formally defined," said John Gadzinski, president of Four Winds Aerospace Safety and chairman of the aircraft friction subcommittee. "While many of these terms have been in use for decades and are considered essential to commercial aircraft safety, this will be the first time their engineering principles and technical meanings will be precisely articulated."

ASTM sees the standard benefiting everyone from pilots, operators, airports, to air traffic controllers. In addition, regulators such as the FAA, EASA, and ICAO could further benefit from the standardized safety reporting metric. "This standard will be key in creating professional training programs for pilots so that they will be able to provide reports on braking conditions using a standardized set of principles," Gadzinski said.

The committee is further working on a standard for measurement and reporting on friction-limited aircraft braking.

https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/business-aviation/2019-02-12/astm-standardizes-aircraft-landing-calc-terms

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EASA completes initial MC-21 flight-test evaluation


European Aviation Safety Agency personnel have completed initial certification testing of the Irkut MC-21, during which the organisation's pilots assessed the aircraft's handling characteristics.

Irkut says the MC-21-300 was flown under various conditions - including high angle-of-attack and stall onset - during flights ranging from 2.5-4h.

Flights were conducted at altitudes of 3,000-10,000m (10,000-33,000ft), with an EASA test pilot at the controls assisted by a Yakovlev design bureau pilot who served as monitoring crew.

Irkut disclosed last September that the MC-21 was undergoing evaluation flights by EASA, after the agency's crews were taken through a training course for the Pratt & Whitney PW1400G-powered twinjet.

The airframer says the test crews also featured both EASA and Russian engineers tasked with analysing the flight parameters.

Irkut is striving to certify the MC-21 both in Russia and Europe. The flight-test fleet comprises three completed aircraft, two of which have been flown.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/easa-completes-initial-mc-21-flight-test-evaluation-455728/

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Mokulele Airlines acquired by Mississippi-based Southern Airways


Honolulu (KHON2) - Mississippi-based Southern Airways, operator of 600 weekly flights across 20 cities, has acquired Hawaiian-based Mokulele Airlines. The deal is Southern's third in the last four years, firmly cementing itself as America's fastest growing airline.

With established footprints in the Gulf South, the mid-Atlantic, and South Florida, Southern now adds Hawaii and California to its portfolio. Following the integration of the two airlines, the combined entity will operate 1,380 weekly flights, more than any other commuter airline in the 50 states. Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

Southern began in 2013 by offering flights from Memphis, Tenn. to Destin, Fla. using a total of four pilots and three aircraft. In 2015, Southern acquired Executive Express Aviation, the Illinois-based charter company that was previously contracted to operate Southern's flight schedule. In February 2016, Southern acquired Sun Air Express, a commuter airline operating Essential Air Service (EAS) contracts in the mid-Atlantic. Today, Southern still operates routes in those original Sun Air-served Pennsylvania and Maryland communities, plus three additional cities in the mid-Atlantic, along with three EAS cities in Arkansas. In November 2018, Southern launched service between Palm Beach, Tampa, and Key West, replacing routes abandoned by Silver Airways.

Mokulele Airlines, founded in 1994 by Rebecca "Kawehi" Inaba, was the first airline started by a native Hawaiian woman. The airline was sold in 2005 and had multiple ownership changes, until it found stability with its latest ownership group, Transpac Aviation, Inc. Since 2011, Mokulele has grown to 15 aircraft serving 11 cities, including four EAS communities. Mokulele currently operates 787 weekly departures.

"We've looked at several potential acquisitions over the last couple of years,"said Stan Little, chairman and CEO of Southern. "This was the first opportunity that I believed to be the perfect complement to operation. We fly the same aircraft type, we have similar operational structures and their assets and revenue streams help diversify our balance sheet. This acquisition will give the newly-combined company stability in an otherwise volatile marketplace, while making Southern Airways a nationally-recognized brand."

One of Southern's goals for the expanded company will be to obtain additional interline ticket and baggage agreements with major carriers. Southern has interline agreements with American Airlines and Condor Airlines, while Mokulele has agreements with Alaska Airlines and Air New Zealand. Expanding those partnerships to include multiple national and global carriers will be the focus post-integration.

This acquisition is more of a financial transaction that will have very little noticeable impact on passengers and employees. The name will remain the same, all current tickets will be honored. Southern intends to keep the Mokulele brand alive and well in the Hawaiian Islands, while eventually operating all flights on the Southern Airways FAA operating certificate.

"The Mokulele brand is beloved in the Hawaiian Islands,"explained Little. "I've found their aloha spirit to be very similar to our company's core values, so we are truly excited about adding the Mokulele name to the Southern family of companies."

Southern is coming off a record-setting year for passenger growth in its Essential Air Service cities with some communities seeing 40 percent increases in traffic over the previous year, and many airports having had their best year for enplanements in more than a decade. Southern has also posted some of the best performance statistics in the industry, completing over 99 percent of its scheduled EAS flights in the last six months.

A primary goal of Mokulele Airlines following its acquisition by Southern Airways is to enhance the customer experience and better reflect our Hawaiian cultural roots. "As Mokulele enters its 25th year of service in the islands, we are pleased to announce that Rebecca "Kawehi" Inaba, the founder of the airline, is returning to Mokulele as our Community Relations Advisor," said Stan Little, Southern's Chairman and CEO. "Ms. Inaba is the only female Hawaiian ever to start an airline, and we are honored to have her return home as a vital member of the Mokulele Ohana."

https://www.khon2.com/news/local-news/mokulele-airlines-acquired-by-florida-based-southern-airways/1776588104

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Pilots sue Atlas Air to stop subcontracting passenger flights


Atlas Air Inc. pilots have sued to enforce an arbitration ruling that the Purchase-based company may not use subcontractors to fly passengers.

"The company is now on notice," the Crewmembers' System Board of Adjustment ruled on Nov. 13, "that it cannot subcontract the transport of passengers."

Atlas Air"The company will have to do that flying itself either by adjusting its schedules to make its planes available or by acquiring or leasing additional aircraft or by reaching agreement with the union to permit it to subcontract such flying in unforeseen situations."

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and its Airline Professionals Association petitioned federal court in White Plains on Feb. 4 to confirm the arbitration decision against Atlas and its affiliate, Polar Air Cargo Worldwide Inc.

Atlas may subcontract cargo flights when it has insufficient aircraft or crews, under the union agreement. It must give the union prompt notice for each episode - covering up to 90 or 180 days, depending on the type of aircraft - and describe the circumstances.

Atlas notified the union seven times from 2014 to 2017 that it was subcontracting military passenger flights. The union did not object.

The company sent three more notices in 2017, when an Atlas aircraft was out of service and it hired Omni Air to fly military passengers.

The union filed grievances, arguing that subcontracts may be used only for cargo flights.

Atlas argued that the word cargo in the agreement should be read to include the transport of passengers, and that when the union did not object to the first seven notices it had in effect agreed with the company's interpretation.

The arbitrators ruled that "cargo" and "passengers" are distinct terms.

"While neither term is defined in the agreement," the decision states, "it is the board's view that cargo would not ordinarily include passengers and passengers would not ordinarily include cargo."

The arbitrators declined to order a remedy for the violations, because when Atlas subcontracted the flights it had no reason to believe that the union objected and because the subcontracts resulted in no harm to Atlas' pilots.

But the board ordered Atlas to stop subcontracting passenger flights, unless the union agreed to permit them.

The arbitration board's ruling was written by the chairman and neutral arbitrator, Edward B. Krinsky, with concurrence by union appointee Matthew Sturgis. The company's appointee, Jennifer Chernichaw, dissented.

The Teamsters Union is asking federal court to confirm the arbitration decision and order Atlas to pays the union's legal fees.

"While we are still reviewing," a company spokeswoman said, "we do not believe the lawsuit has merit. We do not further comment on pending litigation."

https://westfaironline.com/111097/pilots-sue-atlas-air-to-stop-subcontracting-passenger-flights/

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mba is seeking an experienced individual to manage its audit programs with respect to IATA's (International Air Transport Association) IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) program. The candidate must meet the following requirements, be a self-starter and a leader within the organization.

 

  • Must obtain and maintain qualification as an IOSA Auditor; including qualification as an Auditor in at least one specific discipline
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Be willing to travel globally without restriction to perform audits and attend meetings

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Manage and develop new opportunities for mba in areas of auditing and training, globally
  • Manage and lead a team of experienced individuals in the performance of aviation safety focused audits
  • IOSA(IATA Operation Safety Audit)
    • Maintain and improve IOSA Administrative management system
    • Responsible for obtaining and maintaining mba's accreditation as an Audit Organization (AO) in accordance with (IPM Section 1); and mba ITO program manual
    • Ensure that mba is in conformity with all IOSA Program requirements so long as it is an accredited AO.
    • Responsible for IOSA Records System
    • Develop and revise, as necessary, IOSA policies and procedures and ensure that these policies and procedures are available to all IOSA Program personnel
    • Manage all IOSA Auditing Activity
    • Responsible for auditor and support staffing for IOSA operations
    • Maintain listing of approved auditors, verify auditor qualifications, and coordinate auditor accreditation with IATA
    • Responsible for control and surveillance of Audit Activities and Auditor Performance
    • For each IOSA, designate team members and schedule audit in accordance with Auditee and Auditor requirements and availability
    • Develop and instruct Auditor Recurrent Training
    • Perform the functions of Lead Auditor

 

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POSITIONS AVAILABLE:IOSA AUDITORS

 

mba is currently seeking IOSA Auditors!

 

Do you have over 5 years of aviation experience, 2 years' experience in at least 1 IOSA Discipline, and have completed Auditor Training?

 

Then submit your resume to[email protected]for an opportunity to join our IOSA Audit Team!

 

 

*IOSA is a registered trademark of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

 

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Dear Participant,

 

You are being asked to participate in a research study to evaluate pilot decision-making. This study is expected to take approximately 5 minutes of your time. In order to participate, you must be at least 18 years old and currently employed as a professional pilot. Participation in this study is voluntary, and you may choose to opt out of the study at any time. If you choose to opt out, your data will be destroyed.

 

We appreciate your consideration and time to complete our study.

 

Please click on or copy and paste the URL below:

https://goo.gl/forms/9ITjTgICot9o9Jjp1

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Dr. Stephen Rice

[email protected]

 

We appreciate your interest and participation!





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