Richard N. Aarons

Richard N. Aarons
Articles
Accident Shows Limitations Of Synthetic Vision Systems 
Today’s instruments enable pilots to better visualize their environment, but can also suffer subtle failures and lure the unprepared into hazardous situations.
Air Sweden CRJ200 Freighter Downed 
The pilots of Air Sweden 294 lost control while at FL 330 due to several things but most particularly to confusing EFIS information following the failure of the left-side inertial reference unit.
An Improvised Approach And Wrong Setting Lead To Tragedy  7
Cessna Citation crash in Germany: Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation determines that the cause was the pilot-in-command’s decision to conduct the VFR approach “even though he was aware of the prevailing instrument weather condition at the airport."
Approach Stall in Akron  4
The NTSB has recommended that the FAA require all FAR Part 135 operators install flight data recorders (FDR) capable of supporting flight data monitoring programs (FDMP) in their aircraft, and that, once installed, the operators establish structured FDMPs that identify “deviations from established norms and procedures and other potential safety issues.” The Safety Board also wants the FAA to require all Part 135 operators to establish safety management systems (SMS).
NTSB: Aggressive Application Of Reverser A Cause In Delta LGA Accident  8
As winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, pilots turn their thoughts to braking action performance and procedures.
Cataracts And Night Flying  8
The NTSB has reached out to the pilot community urging to be aware of the dangers slowly progressing cataracts can present for some piloting activities — especially night operations.
Two Boeing 737-800s Bust Minimums At Australian Airport In Bad Weather  53
At the end of a remarkable chain of inaccurate weather forecasts and missed communications opportunities, two Boeing 737-800s operated by different Australian airlines had to bust minimums within minutes of each other to prevent really bad outcomes.
Checklists Exist For Your Protection  14
The few seconds it takes to run a full checklist are well worth investing, not only after maintenance but every time.
Ducking Under Minimums 
Air ambulance operations can be difficult in Canada's maritime provinces and, at times, can require some truly innovative fixes and expert piloting to accommodate the area's changeable weather conditions.
Inflight Breakup 17
Two young men, both aspiring for aviation careers, were killed on March 24, 2014, at about 1738 when the Piper Seminole PA-44-180 they were piloting broke up in flight and crashed into a salt marsh near Brunswick, Georgia. The NTSB determined that the accident probably resulted from the pilots losing control of their aircraft while flying in stratiform instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) at 8,000 ft. MSL.
Another Partial-Panel Loss
The pilot and two passengers were killed on the afternoon of May 3, 2016, when their Beech 35B Bonanza broke up and crashed in Syosset on Long Island, New York. The IFR flight originated in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and was en route to Robertson Field (4B8) in Plainville, Connecticut.
FAA and AOPA Urge Cross-Check
The NTSB calls your attention to Advisory Circular AC 91-75, a Safer Skies initiative recommendation authored by the FAA and the industry that highlighted vacuum system failures as a significant cause or contributor to fatal accidents in IMC.
Multiple Failures Put Learjet 35A into the Atlantic 30
This month we’ll take a quick look at the loss of a Learjet 35A (XA-USD) fatal to all four occupants on Nov. 19, 2013, when it crashed into the sea off the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, coast just 3 min. or so after takeoff.
Icing and Failed Equipment: Pilot Pushes Weather and Rules 3
“At first I thought it was a jet practicing maneuvers, but it didn’t pull up. I then realized it was a small jet that appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed with black smoke trailing it and what appeared to be fire," said a Mulvane, Kan., woman who witnessed the crash of a Cessna Citation 500 near Wichita in 2013.
Icing Review Homework from the NTSB
The NTSB, after finding icing as a probable cause of the loss of Citation 500 N610ED, urged pilots to review icing basics — specifically those in FAA Instrument Flying Handbook and the Aeronautical Information Manual.
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