One year on from the tragic loss of German Wings flight 4U9525 on 24 March 2015, our thoughts are still with the families of the 150 crew and passengers that were on board the aircraft.
The final report of the French BEA (Le Bureau d' Enquêtes et d' Analyses) accident investigation bureau, has now been released. The considered, fact based results of the official investigation are now available, and IFALPA (the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations) of which the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) was a founder member - has urged all aviation safety regulators to listen to the BEA and implement its safety recommendations in a balanced way.
The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) supports effective programs to ensure passengers and crew are protected from any ill effects of drug and alcohol issues in the aviation industry.
The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) remains committed to its call for government, aviation safety regulators and the aviation industry, to have a collaborative approach to the safe integration of RPAS/drones into New Zealand airspace.
Speaking to Fairfax Media in an exclusive interview, NZALPA Senior Technical Officer Dave Reynolds said that the safe integration of RPAS would complement ‘conventional’ aircraft in areas previously inaccessible to manned flight and open up new markets for their application.
On 17 July 2015, the Boeing Company issued a Multi Operator Message (MOM-MOM-15-0469-01B) on the transport of lithium batteries as cargo on passenger and cargo aircraft manufactured by Boeing, which referenced recommendations made previously by the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Association (ICCAIA) on this subject.
The following week, on 24 July, Airbus also issued a notice in an In-Service Information publication (ISI number 00.00.00182, “Transport of Dangerous Goods, Lithium Batteries”) to its customer airlines. The Airbus document references the ICCAIA recommendations and calls on operators of its aircraft to conduct a full risk assessment regarding the carriage of high quantities of lithium batteries as cargo.
These welcome announcements (referenced below) are consistent with IFALPA’s longstanding position on the transport of lithium batteries, and the Federation strongly encourages all its Member Associations to ensure that they are being fully implemented by all Operators within their State. IFALPA fully supports the Airbus and Boeing recommendations and believes that they should be adhered to by ALL airlines until proper packaging standards are developed and limits on quantity in packages and shipments are implemented.
Loss of Control In-Flight
A strong upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) program provided throughout a pilot’s career is an effective means to mitigate loss of control in-flight incidents.
Loss of Control In-Flight (LOC-I) has been a contributing factor in aircraft accidents. LOC-I incidents are typically induced by aircraft systems, environment conditions, and/or pilot actions. Additionally, the loss of control may startle, as well as confuse the flight crew which can delay an effective response.
The pilot must be well trained and have recency of experience in order to effectively recover from any upset. UPRT should be provided throughout a pilot’s career, and focus on skill development to prevent, recognize and recover from such events.
Pilots are calling for tougher laws and penalties to deter people shining lasers into cockpits of planes.
The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association has approved a Pilot Assistance Programme which uses Psychologist trained and supervised volunteers to provide members with advice and triage support for mental health issues.
Pilots concerned about safety following announcement to have a runway extension under the recommended international regulation
The New Zealand Air Line Pilots' Association welcomes the opportunity to comment on rulings for drones