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Safety and financial concerns close in on Thai International

The ‘real’ news about Thai International is getting worse as safety and financial performance concerns generate negative headlines in Bangkok.

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Airbus completes runway crash prevention system availability

For Australian aviation watchers there is a certain irony in Airbus achieving European certification of its runway overrun prevention system for A330s when recent safety reviews in this country focused on how a Qantas A330 and a Virgin Australia 777 had problems even getting to their intended runway for landings at Melbourne Airport.

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ATSB tweets that Qantas Melbourne incident was an accident that nearly happened

The ATSB has tweeted its media followers that the definition of a serious aviation incident is one in which an accident nearly occurred.

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Virgin Australia gets wake up call over botched Melbourne 777 approach

Less than a week after the ATSB pinged Qantas for a seriously too low A330 approach to Melbourne Airport it has called out Virgin Australia for flying much too low to the same airport in a Boeing 777.

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Qantas acts over too low approach by A330 to Melbourne

On 8 March 2013, a Qantas A330 with over 300 seats, found itself much too close to the ground while flying a visual approach toward a still distant landing at Melbourne Airport.

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Dick versus Angus over air space reform in Australia

Are we wasting millions, and destroying general aviation, by inadequately and unfairly introducing new air traffic control technology?

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More evasiveness by ATSB over two jet Mildura fog crisis

It’s almost two years since a Virgin Australia 737-800 nearly ran out of fuel and was forced to make a perilous landing in dense fog at Mildura.  At the same time, and for essentially the same reasons, a Qantas 737-800 was also forced to make a low fuel landing at the fog shrouded rural airstrip.

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Air traffic control absurdities highlighted by Dick Smith

Dick Smith has driven a long series of disclosures in recent weeks in The Australian of absurdities in the administration of air services and safety in this country, and this morning’s installment concerning Lord Howe Island air traffic issues is by far the most telling.

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US crash inquiry video sets new standards in safety reporting

America’s air crash investigator, the NTSB, has released a YouTube video summary of its findings in a 2013 cargo jet crash at Birmingham, Alabama, which could be a major advance in getting safety messages better understood and acted upon.

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MH370 search tender and competency defended by ATSB

The ATSB has defended the MH370 search tender process and the capabilities of Fugro Survey Pty Ltd which has been performing much of the required scanning of the sea floor in prioritised areas of the southern Indian Ocean.

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Some editorial and ethical assistance for the ATSB

When there was what appears to be a screw up with a Qantaslink 717 near Brisbane Airport  on Wednesday (27 May) the ATSB no doubt inadvertently left out any identification of Qantas with the incident in its posted notification of an investigation.

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ATSB admits failing to investigate serious ATC blackout in Melbourne

Earlier this week the chief commissioner of the ATSB, Martin Dolan, told a Senate Estimates hearing that he had decided not to investigate a three hour radar black out at Melbourne’s main airport at Tullamarine and the nearby smaller corporate and general aviation airport at Essendon.

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SingaporeAir A330 lost power in both engines then recovered and flew on to destination

The response of the pilots of a Singapore Airlines A330 that lost power in both engines while near Hong Kong last Saturday 23 May and then dropped some 13,000 feet in altitude before both were restarted has raised some important safety issues.

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FAA, Boeing, take steps to stop Dreamliners turning into gliders

In a you-just-can’t-be-too-careful story America’s FAA has formalised Boeing’s advice to 787 users to power them down at regular intervals to prevent them, well, falling out of the air!

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ATSB releases new month old images of Pel-Air wreckage

It seems to have occurred to someone in the ATSB that it does need to eventually post updates on the re-opened inquiry into the 2009 Pel-Air crash which it botched the first time around.

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Boeing rejects concerns computer hackers could take over jets

Boeing has dissented from US government agency fears that airliners like the 777 that was operating missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 can be taken over by computer hackers.

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Australia, Singapore ramp up Thai air safety scrutiny

Safety regulators in Australia and Singapore have now joined Japan and South Korea in increasing their scrutiny of Thai flag carriers following an ICAO audit that raised questions about air safety regulation in Thailand.

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Howzat! Air safety body catches crashing drone at cricket

Unseen it seems by everyone but the country’s air crash investigator at last Sunday’s victory by Australia over NZ at the world cricket cup final at the MCG was a crashing drone.

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