Flying Truths – 22 July 2014

About Rules:
a. The rules are a good place to hide if you don’t have a better idea and the talent to execute it.
b. If you deviate from a rule, it must be a flawless performance. (e.g., If you fly under a bridge, don’t hit the bridge.)

Aviation Axioms from Bob Besco – 22 July 2014

Copilots Catch 22:
You are damned if you ignore your Captain’s mistakes.
You are damned if you do something about them.

US – National Transportation Safety Board News & Reports of the Week – 22 July 2014

A summary of this weeks activity and downloadable files of new reports published by the self-proclaimed, “world’s premier independent agency for accident investigation.”

PRESS RELEASES ISSUED THIS WEEK – 2

AVIATION SAFETY RECOMMENDATION LETTERS ISSUED THIS WEEK – 0

AVIATION MISHAP REPORTS ISSUED THIS WEEK – 39

  • New reports released this week – 38
  • Revised reports released this week – 1

AVIATION PRELIM REPORTS RELEASED THIS WEEK – 22 – AVG LATENCY 11 DAYS

AVIATION FACTUAL REPORTS RELEASED THIS WEEK –13

  • Field Investigations (NTSB) – 3 (23%) – Avg Latency 481 Days After Event
  • Limited Investigations (delegated to FAA) – 2 (15%) – Avg Latency 130 Days After Event
  • Data collection reports (CA) – 5 (38%) – Avg Latency 49 Days After Event
  • Incident report (IA) – 3 (23%)
  • Other (public use, foreign, etc.) – 0 (0%)
  • Number of factual reports more than one year old issued this week – 3

REPORTS OF PROBABLE CAUSE RELEASED THIS WEEK – 6 NEW – 1 REVISED

SUMMARIES OF NEW REPORTS:

REPORTS OF THE WEEK (See the above links for more details)

A new member of the Caterpillar Club
Accident Rpt# CEN14CA289 Regis# N5172D Valmeyer, IL 06/14/2014 Acft Mk/Mdl CESSNA 182A
According to the pilot’s report, he leveled the airplane about 11,000 feet and established a speed of 80 mph with 10 degrees of flaps extended. When the last skydiver exited the airplane, its nose pitched up. The pilot pushed forwarded on the control wheel and added full engine power. He experienced “difficulties” in pushing the control wheel forward and thought a parachute caused the control issue. The pilot subsequently used full nose down trim to assist his control of the airplane. A witness in a chase airplane confirmed the bent right horizontal stabilizer. The pilot assessed the deteriorating flight control situation. He decided to jump out of the airplane over farmland and use his emergency parachute there. The pilot observed the accident airplane spiral down as he descended under his parachute. A skydiver reported there were no mechanical malfunctions up to the time he exited and the last skydiver confirmed that his reserve canopy had deployed prematurely as he was leaving the step. The pilot reported no other mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

 

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