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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thanks Capt Gautam Verma Commander Capt Niranjan Singh Capt Pankaj Wadhawan Capt Shilpika Das Air India

Capt Gautam Verma Commander Capt Niranjan Singh Capt Pankaj Wadhawan  Capt Shilpika Das Air India y evening 13th July 2014, the Air India's flight AI-144, a B-777, was ready for a routine flight from Newark to Mumbai with 300 passengers and 15 crew. The weather in New Jersey was heavy passing showers here and there.

It was a routine departure at about ( local time) for a long 15-16 hrs flight to Bombay nee Mumbai. The aircraft naturally was at its maximum take off weight, as it was fully loaded with the fuel required for this long transcontinental flight.

The take off run was a normal routine one. Immediately on lift off the worst nightmare of a pilot, the loss of an engine at maximum take off weight, happened. The left engine caught fire, and at the same time the cockpit engine fire warnings did not function. The passengers and crew sitting on the left side were horrified to see flames from the left engine. Other airplanes and Air Traffic Control warned the Pilot of the engine being on fire. The Pilots till that time unaware of the engine fire, checked up and carried out the emergency drills as per the required procedures. The B-777 is a 2 engine aircraft, and loosing one engine (50% power) at the maximum a/c weight on take off is a nightmare for the best of Pilots and in the best of circumstances.

In such an emergency, the Pilots will first think of making the aircraft light, which is done by dumping the extra fuel. For this Pilots need to climb up to a designated minimum height and dump the fuel in areas already specified by the local airport authorities. The time to reach the dumping height and area could have taken 15 to 30 minutes, because of heavy weight and loss of an engine. The actual fuel dump can take another 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the amount of fuel to be dumped out. The exercise of dumping fuel to lighten the aircraft would have taken any thing around 60 to 70 minutes, a valuable time they did not have.

The Pilots had a serious emergency of an engine having been on fire at hand. This could have caused, secondary as yet unknown failures. They had to take an instant decision, which they rightfully took to land as soon as possible, rather than use up precious time to try and dump fuel.

The immediate landing back, of course had its own problems. The very high landing weight. This in turn will need the aircraft to be landed at a much higher speed. The immediate anxiety of the Pilots in this case would have been three fold. Firstly, will the airplane stop in the available runway length, landing at about 200 Knots (which is 370 kms/hr), the minimum speed required at the weight. Secondly, will the landing gear take the load of landing at such a high speed and weight (85 tonnes more than the maximum design landing weight). Thirdly, they were flying only on one engine, which has its own problems of aircraft handling and control.

The Pilots averted a major emergency into becoming a possible catastrophe by landing the aircraft successfully back. Because of the weight of the aircraft, all the tyres burst on landing, but the pilots still managed to keep the aircraft on the runway.

The handling skills and good cool airmanship displayed by the Pilots was the primary reason of this emergency being converted into just an incident, which the Indian media thought was of no consequence of being reported or being commented upon.

The news channels were only concerned on a non issue of why one 'Ved Pratap Vaidik' met a certain ' Hafiz Saeed' on a visit to Pakistan. The print media was merely interested in printing and commenting some dubious statistics where the ATC Controllers and Pilots have erred. Regrettably, the media just shut their eyes to this incident as it made no juicy news for them. They were not interested in how a major catastrophe was averted and lives of 315 persons were saved by the good professional handling and competent decisions of Air India pilots.

Congratulations to Capt Gautam Verma and his crew (2nd Commander Capt Niranjan Singh & First Officers Capt Pankaj Wadhawan & Capt Shilpika Das) for displaying airmanship and professional competence of the highest order in handling a most difficult situation competently.

Mohini Porwal [ B Sc] Trainee News Editor
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Skill Development Council For Aviation Sector Has Been Formed By Aerospace Major

Skill Development Council For Aviation Sector Has Been Formed By Aerospace Major

Air India,
Jet Airways,
Spice Jet, 
GVK Group, 

Aerospace major HAL in collaboration with Bangalore Chambers of Industry and Commerce and Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies & Industries has formed a non profit organisation for developing skills in the Aerospace and Aviation Sector.

HAL Chairman R K Tyagi would be heading the Governing Council Of The Organisation to be registered soon, the company said in a release.

The council will comprise members from Aviation Majors, Airport Operators and academia. Air India, Jet Airways, Spice 
Jet, Indigo, GVK Group, Tata, ISRO and NAL have been invited to join in this endeavour.

The Council is mandated to train approximately four lakh persons over the next ten years in 90 different trades identified for better employment pportunities, proving employability and bridging gaps in skills required in this sector.

HAL said the broader objective of this collaboration is to aggregate skill requirements of the Industry including sub
Sector Requirements, Regional Requirements and International Trends and best practices that can be introduced in the domestic skill development space.

The Sector Skill Council would also build capacity for training delivery and regulate the skill development activities in the industry sectors including development of 

National Occupational Standards, qualifications, training curriculum and assessment criteria.

Aerospace major HAL, Bangalore of Industry and Commerce, Society of Indian Aerospace and Technologies,  Development of skills in the Aviation Sector, HAL Chairman R K Tyagi,

Air India,
Jet Airways,
Spice Jet, 
GVK Group, 

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Tata SIA Probably Launch Flights By September-October

Tata SIA Probably Launch Flights By September-October, Tata SIA Airlines Ltd on Saturday said it hoped to launch Flights by September October this year as it expressed satisfaction over the progress made in getting the Flying licence from Aviation Regulator DGCA.

The Air Operator's Permit or Flying Licence Exercise is progressing well and we are expecting to launch the full service Airlines domestic service in September October, 
S Varadarajan, Chief Human Resource Officer and chief of corporate affairs of the airline, said.

Varadarajan, who was in the steel city to participate in the HR Conclave 2014 organized by CII Jamshedpur, said Tata- SIA has shared all relevant issues, including the route network plan of the company with the Director General of Civil Aviation, and was awaiting the AOP.

The company would procure four to five Aircraft by end of March next year and enhance the procurement to 20 in next few years, he said.  To a query on the Route Network and destinations to launch Flights, Varadarajan refused to comment saying the Airline's route network wing was taking care of it.

Tata SIA Probably Launch Flights By September-October

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

DGCA of India Orderd Airlines To Get Pilots Who Can Tackle Bad Weather

DGCA of India Orderd Airlines To Get Pilots Who Can Tackle Bad Weather  

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has ordered Domestic Carriers to ensure that their Pilots are certified to fly during the monsoon as there is a high risk of planes skidding out of control on wet runways. The DGCA has warned Airlines,It will be the responsibility of the operator to formulate a Comprehensive Training Programme for all Weather Operations depending upon the Flight Crew experience, Aeroplane Capability and Aerodrome Facilities.

When asked, a senior DGCA functionary said, The orders in this regard have been issued to Domestic Airlines to ensure that all their Pilots are well trained to deal with rough weather.

All Airlines and Aircraft Operators have also been asked to formulate and conduct all weather operations (AWO) training programmes for their Crew Members.

The DGCA's circular also recommends the AWO training programme on simulators for initial and recurrent training and in Flight Training on a particular plane type for all crew members. Simulation techniques are a valuable training aid for limited visibility operations, says the circular.

Air India and Jet Airways Officials claim their Pilots have already been trained to operate on wet runways and have undergone the required refresher course. Pilots are given day long classroom lessons besides training on simulator and route check to make them aware of route on which they would operate.

However, Senior Pilots told Mail Today that although simulators help, real life experiences of encountering crosswind and other turbulences are far different.

A top Airline Pilot said that some Airports like Kochi, Mangalore, Panaji, Chennai, located on the coast, are vulnerable during monsoons.

Besides rains and strong winds, dust particles combined with oil and rubber deposits make the runway slippery. The rubber deposit accumulates on the runway as the plane's frontwheel remains fixed for two or three seconds after hitting the touchdown point after which it starts rolling. The accumulation of rubber from plane tyres spreads for a kilometre or more on the runway. These deposits on the runway along with heavy rains and air turbulence, makes the runway slippery and dangerous for planes which may be landing at a speed of over 300 kilometres per hour, said an Airline Pilot. An Airline Pilot Flying to some vulnerable Airports in Southern India said Airports Authority of India though maintains and does a periodic re-carpeting of runways on regular basis to remove rubber tracings and other unwanted deposits at international airports.

However, the work is not very regular at smaller Airports. A runway is rated as good, medium and poor depending on the friction test done by AAI, which also informed to Airlines.

Carriers have complained that AAI does not conduct friction tests at Airports in the presence of the Airline Engineers.

Top civil Aviation Ministry Official said the DGCA must ensure that Indian Carriers Strictly follow the standard operating procedure for Flying Operations especially in backdrop of the downgrading of country's Aviation sector by the US Federal Aviation Administration (USFAA) in view of poor safety records.
trict measures have to be enforced by DGCA as it plans to move USFAA to revoke downgrading of India's aviation. 

civil Aviation Ministry,
Training Programme For Pilots, 
The Flight Crew Experience,
Aeroplane Capability,  
Aerodrome Facilities,
Southern India Airports Authority,
procedure for Flying Operations,

Mohini Porwal [ B Sc] Trainee News Editor
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Air Algerie Flight AH 5017 Crashed near Gossi, Mali

Air Algerie Flight AH 5017 Crashed near Gossi, Mali

Air Algerie MD83 EC-LTV  Flight AH5017 near Gossi, Mali The Aircraft was on a Scheduled International Flight from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Algeria. A course change due to weather conditions. The Aircraft Crashed in the area of Gossi, Mali. All six crew members and 110 passengers were killed.

Radar contact was lost 50 minutes after the flight took off from Ouagadougou and after the crew diverted from their planned course due to bad weather. Wreckage was found in the Northern Mali Dessert. The Plane was on loan from Swiftair.

Wreckage of the jet was found in a disintegrated state in Mali, he said making it the third major International Aviation Disaster in recent days.
Regrettably, there were no survivors. I share the pain of the families, who are going through terrible hardship, he said.
Hollande said the families of the French nationals aboard the plane the largest group from any one nation would be welcomed to the Foreign Ministry on Saturday to be given all the latest information.

Airline authorities said Flight 5017 was carrying 116 people when it took off early Thursday from Burkina Faso to Algeria.
Less than an hour into the Flight, the Aircraft, an MD-83, disappeared from radar after changing its Flight path because of bad weather, officials said.

Radar contact was lost,
Wreckage found in the Northern Mali Dessert,
Near the border of Burkina Faso,
Air Algerie Flight AH5017,
No one survives in Air Algerie crash,
Crashed near Gossi Mali, 
Airline Authorities,

The one black box recorder found so far is being taken to Gao, Mali and will be examined as soon as possible, Hollande said.
What we already know is that the plane's debris is concentrated in a limited area
But it is still too early to draw any conclusions, they will come in time. There are hypotheses, including weather conditions, but we are not putting any of them aside because we want to find out everything that happened.
The plane's wreckage was found in Mali's Gossi region, not very far from the border with Burkina Faso, according to the French President.
Radar contact with the plane was lost 50 minutes after takeoff from the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou, authorities said. The jet was supposed to arrive later that day at Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers. Mali is between the two nations.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Algeria Aircraft Crash AH5017

Algeria Aircraft Crash AH5017

BREAKING Aircraft Crash Algeria 103 Dead

Algiers, July 24: 

The missing Algerian Aircraft went down in central Mali, a UN representative has said, contradicting earlier reports that it crashed in Niger.

The Aircraft crashed between Gao and Tessalit, Brigadier General Koko Essien, the commander of a Timbuktu-based operation with the UN mission in Mali, tells dpa.

Malian civil aviation authorities said they were on alert.

For the moment, we cannot speak of a crash, only of the disappearance of the Aircraft from radars,” a representative told dpa by telephone.

The Algerian civil aviation lost contact with the Aircraft carrying 110 passengers after its take-off from Burkina Faso.

The Air Algerie Airbus A320 was on its way from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital, to Algiers when it went missing, the state-owned Airline said.

Contact with flight AH5017 was lost 50 minutes after its take-off from the Ouagadougou Airport, the Airline said.

Private Algerian television station Elnahar reported that the Aircraft had crashed after it crossed the airspace of Niamey, Niger’s capital.

There was no official comment on its report.

Air Algerie said it had started an emergency plan.

Meanwhile, the UN mission in Mali and French soldiers there were trying to locate the Aircraft. A source in the UN mission said it does not yet have the flight coordinates or the aircraft’s position the moment it disappeared.

There was no confirmation the Aircraft crashed in Mali, the source said.

The Aircraft is chartered from the Spanish company Swiftair.

Crew on board are Spanish

The six crew members on board are Spaniards, say the Spanish pilots union Sepla and Spanish Airline Swiftair.

Numerous French on missing flight: Minister

Numerous French passengers were aboard the missing Air Algerie flight, French Junior Transport Minister Frederic Cuvillier has said.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Taiwan Expressed Condolences Victims Dead In Plane Crash

The Leaders of Rivals China and Taiwan Expressed Condolences on Thursday for victims of a Trans Asia Airways Turboprop Plane that crashed during a Thunderstorm the previous day killing 48 people including two French Nationals.

The Plane, a 70-seat ATR 72, crashed near the runway while trying to land on the small Island of Penghu, west of Taiwan Island, with 54 passengers and four Crew on board. Ten people were injured and taken to hospital.

Today is a very sad day in the history of Taiwan Aviation, Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said in a statement.
China's president Xi Jinping, who is on a Latin America Tour, felt deeply grieved after learning the tragedy has caused heavy casualties, the mainland's State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said in a statement, according to the Xinhua news agency.

The mainland and Taiwan have been Rivals for decades, with the mainland regarding Taiwan as a renegade province, though commercial relations have grown in recent years.  Among 48 victims, two were French Nationals, the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The Aircraft took off from Taiwan's southern city of Kaohsiung, headed for the Airport of Makong, but crash-landed in Huxi township of Penghu County, the main Island of the chain also known as the Pescadores.

No one on the ground was hurt.There were nine Flights on the same route between yesterday. Only the TransAsia Flight crashed, said Jean Shen, director of the Civil Aeronautics Administration.

The weather reports showed it was totally OK for landing. We can not say for sure what went wrong at this point. The flight safety committee has opened an investigation .. They will complete an official report within a year."

Shares of TransAsia Airways fell 7 percent at the opening bell and were down 5 percent at noon. The main index was up 0.1 percent.

Taiwan has had a poor record for aviation safety over the last two decades, though it has improved recently after the government tightened up safety measures.

TransAsia and bigger rivals, China Airlines and Eva Airways, have been facing pressure from higher energy prices and the increasingly popular budget airlines.

TransAsia Airways is a Taiwan-based Airline with a fleet of around 23 Airbus and ATR Aircraft, operating chiefly short-haul Flights on domestic routes as well as to mainland China, Japan, Thailand and Cambodia, among its Asian destinations.

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