Thursday, April 18, 2019

United States-Canada Rift Widens Over Training for Boeing 737 MAX Pilots: Canadian official calls for simulator training for pilots flying the jet; Federal Aviation Administration decided against mandating such instruction



The Wall Street Journal
By Kim Mackrael and Andy Pasztor
April 18, 2019 5:30 a.m. ET

A rift between the U.S. and Canada is growing over how to ensure the safety of Boeing Co.’s grounded 737 MAX planes, as Ottawa’s focus on additional pilot training could lead to a delay in getting the jet back in the air.

Canada’s transport minister has signaled that his government could require additional simulator training for pilots of the 737 MAX. That threatens to widen the gap between plans being developed by U.S. authorities to put the planes into service and those of other countries, according to industry officials and others participating in or tracking the process.

“Simulators are the very best way from a training point of view to go over exactly what could happen in a real way and to react properly to it,” Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Wednesday. “It’s not going to be a question of pulling out an iPad and spending an hour on it.”

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has tentatively decided against mandating additional simulator instruction as part of a package that is anticipated within weeks and includes a software fix for a flight-control system implicated in two fatal 737 MAX crashes in less than five months. Industry officials said that could change based on input from foreign regulators, as well as responses from domestic pilot unions and other groups during a public comment period ending April 30.

Aviation regulators in Canada, Europe, China and Brazil previously indicated they would conduct their own safety reviews of the software fix to the automated flight-control system—known as MCAS—instead of accepting the FAA’s analysis and decision to require only interactive and self-instructional training on laptops or other electronic devices.

However, Mr. Garneau’s remarks are the first explicit break with the U.S. by a foreign regulator and could mean months of additional delays in other countries while extra simulator time is reserved and new training scenarios are developed.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Garneau said no formal decision has been made about requiring simulator training. She said Mr. Garneau would wait to see what Boeing says and speak with experts before making a final decision.

An FAA spokesman didn’t have any comment. Previously, agency officials have said they welcome recommendations from foreign regulators but stressed that the U.S. will act independently based on its review of data and safety considerations.

A Boeing spokesman said the plane maker is working with global regulators and airlines “as they determine training requirements in their home markets.”

European regulators previously signaled it could take months for them to assess the FAA’s software fix and training requirements, according to industry and government officials on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

The situation marks a sharp departure from tradition—stretching back many decades—when major safety decisions from the FAA affecting American-built aircraft tended to be routinely embraced by foreign counterparts. Trust and cooperation have frayed following the 737 MAX groundings, which have roiled the global aerospace industry.

The FAA has set up a high-level international advisory panel, which includes Canadian representatives, to analyze the software fix and related training issues. FAA officials hope such strategies will help shore up international support among regulators and passengers. Brazilian and European regulators previously raised questions about certain MAX flight-control features during the initial FAA certification of the plane.

Canada has required additional training for domestic airlines in the past. After a Lion Air jet crashed off the coast of Indonesia last year, pilots with Canadian airlines that operate the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 aircraft received training that Mr. Garneau has said went beyond what was mandated in the U.S.

The FAA’s preliminary training decision also has been shelved by one large U.S. carrier, American Airlines Group Inc. which is devising its own additional simulator sessions focusing on maneuvers similar to those that resulted from the misfiring of the suspect flight-control feature. Ground simulators specifically designed to mimic the 737 MAX won’t become widely available until autumn or later.

Chicago-based Boeing has been devising a software fix for the jet’s flight-control system that is expected to rely on two sensors that measure the angle of the plane’s nose—instead of one currently—and be less aggressive and more easily controllable by pilots.

The FAA originally approved the MAX by requiring minimal additional training for pilots who were transitioning from flying earlier 737 models. In developing the new model, Boeing aimed to keep additional training requirements at a minimum so pilots and airlines could avoid expensive simulator time.

United Continental Holdings Inc., one of three MAX operators in the U.S., said it had no plans to add simulator training unless federal authorities required it. Chief Operating Officer Greg Hart said Wednesday during an earnings conference call that even without specific training on the MAX’s stall-prevention system, United pilots already receive training on the type of situation pilots faced on both the Lion Air flight and the Ethiopian Airlines flight which crashed last month.

Original article can be found here ➤https://www.wsj.com

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Piper PA-18-225 Super Cub (Tubbs S/performance Air Inc), N755K: Incident occurred April 16, 2019 at Centennial Airport (KAPA), Englewood, Arapahoe County, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Ground looped and gear collapsed.

https://registry.faa.gov/N755K

Date: 16-APR-19
Time: 17:15:00Z
Regis#: N755K
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: PA18 225
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DENVER
State: COLORADO

Piper PA-28-161, N449ND: Incident occurred April 16, 2019 at Treasure Coast International Airport (KFPR), Fort Pierce, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Bird strike, landed without incident.

Ari Ben Aviator Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N449ND

Date: 16-APR-19
Time: 12:47:00Z
Regis#: N449ND
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 161
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: FORT PIERCE
State: FLORIDA

Falco F.8L, N45UZ: Accident occurred April 16, 2019 in Orlando, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Slid off the runway into the grass, gear collapsed and experienced a prop strike.

https://registry.faa.gov/N45UZ

Date: 16-APR-19
Time: 17:46:00Z
Regis#: N45UZ
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: FALCO F 8L
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: ORLANDO
State: FLORIDA

McDonnell Douglas MD369E, N593C: Accident occurred April 16, 2019 in Kahuku, Hawaii

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

Autorotated, crashed into tree and inverted.

K & S Helicopters Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/aN593C

Date: 16-APR-19
Time: 22:00:00Z
Regis#: N593C
Aircraft Make: MCDONNELL DOUGLAS HELICOPTER
Aircraft Model: 369E
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: KAHUKU
State: HAWAII

Air Tractor AT-502B, N599LA: Accident occurred April 16, 2019 in Morganza, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Crashed in a field due to unknown circumstances.

Aerial Crop Care Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N599LA

Date: 16-APR-19
Time: 12:57:00Z
Regis#: N599LA
Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR
Aircraft Model: AT 502B
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 137
City: MORGANZA
State: LOUISIANA



NEW DETAILS: Pilot has been identified as Carl Comeaux from Carencro, Louisiana who was flying with an aviation service out of St. Landry Parish. He was extricated from the plane before it caught on fire. He was trying to land to load up chemicals so he could work for the day but in his approach, the plane rose suddenly in elevation and then went straight down into the ground. The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating to figure out if it was a mechanical or pilot error.

POINTE COUPEE PARISH, Louisiana (WAFB) - One person was taken to the hospital Tuesday after a crash involving a crop duster in the Morganza area.

A spokesperson for the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office says they responded to the scene, which was off Highway 10, at around 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 16.

Officials say the pilot was transported by helicopter to a hospital for treatment in stable condition. His identity has not been released.

Story and video ➤  http://www.wafb.com

Bell OH-58A, N109PD: Accident occurred April 16, 2019 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Made autorotation landing in a field, rotor blades struck the tailboom.

Omaha Police Department

https://registry.faa.gov/N109PD

Date: 16-APR-19
Time: 13:50:00Z
Regis#: N109PD
Aircraft Make: BELL
Aircraft Model: OH 58A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PUBLIC USE
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Operation: 91
Aircraft Operator: OMAHA POLICE DEPT
City: OMAHA
State: NEBRASKA

Weatherly 620B, N9033T: Incident occurred April 15, 2019 in San Miguel, Doña Ana County, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ground looped.

Doing Business As (dba) Stahmann Farms Airport

https://registry.faa.gov/N9033T

Date: 15-APR-19
Time: 18:00:00Z
Regis#: N9033T
Aircraft Make: WEATHERLY
Aircraft Model: 620B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: AERIAL APPLICATION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 137
City: SAN MIGUEL
State: NEW MEXICO

Cessna 550 Citation II, N780CF: Incident occurred April 16, 2019 at Eugene Airport (KEUG), Lane County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Bird strike, landed without incident.

Carfaye Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N780CF

Date: 16-APR-19
Time: 15:20:00Z
Regis#: N780CF
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 550
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: EUGENE
State: OREGON