Smartphone use in-flight – data integrity?
Earlier this year Navigatus ran a survey of the aviation community to find New Zealand’s most challenging aerodrome. In an optional question, survey participants were asked if they had ever used a transmitting portable electronic device (T-PED) to receive and use information while in flight. The results were interesting. Under CAR Part 91.7, use of a portable electronic device..
Drone collides with commercial aeroplane – second recorded incident
There are two recorded incidents of drones colliding with aircraft. The one reported at the link in Canada, occurred in October. See: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-transport-drones/drone-hits-commercial-airliner-in-canada-no-injuries-idUSKBN1CK0TW The drone hit the plane’s wing but the aircraft sustained only minor damage and was able to land safely. The second, in the US, involving a military helicopter, again landed safely but with damage to its..
Drone collision worse than bird stike – FAA Study
A research team from the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) has released a report that concludes that a drone collision with large manned aircraft could cause more structural damage than a bird of simidronelar weight. This finding is in line with the assumptions Navigatus built into its Airspace surveillance risk study undertaken during 2015..
Call for harbour signs warning of ‘dangers’
A Otago Daily Times report of 25 November 2017 quotes Geraint Bermingham as the harbour master – a role contracted for the last 18 month period by The Otago Regional Council to Navigatus. Full story at: https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/north-otago/call-harbour-signs-warning-%E2%80%98dangers%E2%80%99..
Kea Trader breaks her back!
Severe weather in the Loyalty Islands has caused the grounded container vessel Kea Trader to now break in two, further complicating an already challenging salvage operation. The Maltese-flagged MV Kea Trader ran aground on Durand Reef in New Caledonia on July 12. Ardent were engaged to salvage the vessel and engaged Navigatus to assit during September and October with..
Geraint returns from New Caledonia
Geraint has just returned from New Caledonia where he was contracted by the leading international salvage company Ardent, as Operations Manager for the second phase of the recovery of the container ship Kea Trader. As the vessel is hard aground 90 nautical miles off shore, this is a tremendously challenging operation calling for the very best salvage expertise and..
Considering multiple-fatality consequence
Risk consequence scales as routinely applied by specialist professions not specialist in risk assessment, refer to single fatality events as “Catastrophic”, many potential events can reasonably be expected to result in multiple fatalities. This type of event is particularly relevant where large numbers of people are exposed or where high energies are involved. High hazard process plants, air or train travel, ferry..
Pilot Fatigue – The effect of prior duty sectors and hours
The following article prepared by Navigatus considers the effect of prior duty hours on aviation technical crew fatigue. It forms part of the research underpinning the night operations safety case at Queenstown aerodrome for jet regular passenger transport operations. Pilot Fatigue – The effect of prior duty sectors and hours ..