Global Aviation consultants update issue 47 - March 2015

By Vivienne Sandercock

1. Message from the Editor
2. A small matter of knowledge
3. Africa's 2015's Hazards, Incidents, Accidents and Safety Occurrences
4. Emergency Response Planning
5. Henley Global Safety and Quality Training
6. New Zealand helicopter crash prompts grounding of aircraft in Australia
7. UAE the world leader in aviation safety
8. News from the Johannesburg Airports
9. News from the SA CAA
10. Safety and Security
11. Commercial Airline News
12. SAAFA donations
13. Finale



1. MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR


Welcome to this the 47th issue of GAC UPDATE. We hope that you will find the contents both thought provoking and informative. Congratulations are in order to the UAE who have become the world leaders in aviation safety. We can only wish that the title belonged down here in sub-Saharan Africa.
Vivienne



2. A SMALL MATTER OF KNOWLEDGE


Hey pssst yes that's you with the gold rimmed Rayban Aviator Sunnies and the 4 gold bars on your shoulder and paying more attention to your IPhone and IPad than to the walk around, do you actually really know what is in the holds and galleys of your aircraft????. Captain replies with a shrug and says "oh it's not my responsibility - the grunts on the ground will tell me if I need to know".


Sounds familiar? Too often the above scenario is played out at airports around Africa. Well now it is time for everyone to actually know what exactly (and I do mean exactly) is in the holds and galleys of the aircraft for which they have a responsibility.


Part 108 training teaches you all about the regulations governing the putting of anything (yep that is anything and includes company mail or stores) onto an aircraft. And it comes with a Police Clearance Certificate for everyone who sits it. Oh and by the way it is kind of mandatory for anyone who touches anything to do with a flight. I can hear Pilots everywhere groaning and going not another course we already do SEPT!


Have you (yes that's you with the 4 gold bars) spoken to the SCCM (the what? Senior Cabin Crew Member - no longer called In Charge or In Charge Flight Attendant) and ascertained that he or she has carried out the cabin searches properly and that the trolleys have been checked over for any items that should not be there or that the seals have been checked to prove that no-one has tampered with the catering boxes or trolleys. Oh and who exactly is that wandering around the aircraft without displaying an ID Card prominently?


Just for the PRFO (no longer RPFO) do you know that you probably need a Security Programme/Manual if you operate as Part 135 or Part 121 which details all of the Security requirements that need to be followed? If you have a pre-2012 one you will be needing an update so I suggest that you give us a call.



3. AFRICA'S 2015 HAZARDS, INCIDENTS, ACCIDENTS AND SAFETY OCCURENCES


ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FIXED WING AIRCRAFT IN AFRICA DURING 2015
DATE A/C TYPE FATALITIES LOCATION
8 Jan Microlight 2 Hoedspruit, RSA
14 Feb TBA 2 Close to R59 near Parys, RSA
Source, amongst others, PlaneCrash info.com; News24, Aviation Herald, Flight Safety Information



ACCIDENTS INVOLVING ROTOR WING AIRCRAFT IN AFRICA DURING 2015
DATE A/C TYPE FATALITIES LOCATION
NONE REPORTED



HAZARDS & INCIDENTS INVOLVING FIXED WING AIRCRAFT DURING FEB 2015
HAZ INC DATE A/C TYPE LOCATION FATAL ITIES CIRCUMSTANCES OP TYPE

INC 03 Feb PA28 Rand Airport, RSA 0 Bird Strike RWY35 TRNG
INC 05 Feb SLING Rand Airport, RSA 0 Aborted take-off due engine overheating
INC 07 Feb Beech C90 40nm NE of Secunda, RSA 0 A/C overshot runway PVT
INC 09 Feb RV12 Rand Airport, Gauteng, TSA 0 A/C lost power on take off resulting in RWY excursion. PVT
INC 13 Feb B738 On departure from Cairo, Egypt destined for Amsterdam, The Netherlands 0 The A/C was accelerating for takeoff from Cairo when a burning smell developed in the cabin followed by light smoke. The crew rejected takeoff, slowed safely and returned the aircraft to the apron. There were no injuries, emergency services did not find any trace of fire or heat. COM
INC 16 Feb A330-200 Paris Orly (France), 0 A/C operated from Algiers (Algeria) it landed on Orly's runway 26 and was vacating the runway via high speed exit W35 when the aircraft went left off the turn off and came to a stop with nose and left main gear on soft ground before crossing the hold short line and thus within the runway 26's protect area. There were no injuries. The runway needed to be closed however. COM
INC 26 Feb C172 Rand Airport, RSA 0 Radio failure TRNG
INC 27 Feb Light A/C Near Nellmapius Road, South of Pretoria, RSA 0 Unknown at time of going to press PVT



HAZARDS & INCIDENTS INVOLVING ROTOR WING AIRCRAFT DURING FEB 2015
HAZ INC DATE A/C TYPE LOCATION FATAL ITIES CIRCUMSTANCES OP TYPE


INC 23 Feb Lynx 11th Hole of Milnerton Golf Course, Cape Town, RSA 0
The Crew conducted an emergency landing during a routine maintenance test flight today. MIL



AERODROME HAZARDS
Goma, DRC Construction Hazards - Aerodrome being fenced and runway is being rehabilitated. Unmanned aircraft. Very poor ATC. Possible volcanic activity.
Libreville, Gabon Poor ATC coupled with inadequate navaids. Poor Marshalling combined with inappropriate behaviour of drivers on the ramp and taxiways.
Lubumbashi, DRC Construction Hazards - runway and taxiway lighting rehabilitation taking place
Kadugli, Sudan Poor ATC control of aircraft in the area
Juba, Sudan Very poor ATC with only 1 frequency. Crews must be on the lookout for other aircraft in their vicinity. Vehicular traffic not obeying any regulations in terms of overtaking aircraft on taxiways and weaving in and out of aircraft on the apron



4. EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANNING


Blake Emergency Services is the International Crisis Management and Contingency Planning Consultancy who, although based in the UK, have serious experience in Africa having handled accidents, incidents, counselling, repatriation, DNA sampling and confirmation, in amongst others Lagos, Nigeria; Fez, Morocco; Pointe Noire, Congo; Moroni, Comores; Maputo, Mozambique. Please go to www.blakeemergency.com or contact rethea.mitchell@blakeemergency.com .


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Blake Emergency Services then please do not hesitate to contact Rethea at the address given above.



5. HENLEY/GLOBAL AVIATION TRAINING


Should you wish to make a booking for any of these courses please contact Candice on 011 024 5446 or by email to candice@gaconsultants.net


DATES COURSE LECTURER COST EXCL. VAT PER DELEGATE
02-03 March Quality Assurance Auditor Course Dan Drew R 2,475-00
16-17 March 2015 Human Factors (CRM Initial and MRM) Dr. Joel Hughes R 2,475-00
17 March 2015 Crew Resource Management - Refresher Verity Wallace R 1,050-00
17 March 2015 Dangerous Goods Refresher Verity Wallace R 850-00
08 April 2015 Crew Resource Management - Refresher Verity Wallace R 1,050-00
08 April 2015 Dangerous Goods Refresher Verity Wallace R 850-00
13-14 April 2015 Quality Assurance Auditor Course Dan Drew R 2,475-00
15-16 April 2015 Human Factors (CRM Initial and MRM) Dr. Joel Hughes R 2,475-00
20-21 April 2015 SMS Various R 2,420-00
20-24 April 2015 Integrated Safety Management Systm Various R 6,050-00
28 April 2015 Crew Resource Management - Refresher Verity Wallace R 1,050-00
28 April 2015 Dangerous Goods - Refresher Verity Wallace R 850-00
On request Part 108 Air Cargo Security Familiarisation Doug Smit



Note: Cost per delegate includes all training materials, refreshments and lunch.
Note: Attendees paying in cash on the day are eligible for a 10% discount
Note: Both Recurrent CRM and Dangerous Goods Training Courses are available upon request - even at short notice.


First Aid and the Law, please contact candice@gaconsultants.net
Emergency Response, Incident Response, Operations Control, Emergency Response and Family Assistance training together with the writing of Emergency Response Plans and Procedures training is now offered by Blake Emergency Services. For more information, please contact Rethea on
rethea.mitchell@blakeemergency.com



6. NEW ZEALAND HELICOPTER CRASH PROMPTS GROUNDING OF AIRCRAFT IN AUSTRALIA



Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority orders grounding of some Robinson R44 aircraft, the second most common helicopter type in Australia. Casa says the grounding has taken place because there is a possibility the main rotor blade could come apart. A fatal crash in New Zealand has sparked the grounding of a commonly-used helicopter by Australia's flight safety watchdog. Two people were killed when the Robinson R44 helicopter crashed near Queenstown on 22 February.


The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has now ordered Australian pilots to ground their Robinson R44 aircraft - of which 485 are registered in the country - saying there is a possibility the main rotor blade could come apart. The directive applies to aircraft using C016-7 rotor blades. The R44 is the second most common helicopter type in Australia.


The aircraft could be grounded for days, but Casa spokesman Peter Gibson said investigations would be undertaken as quickly as possible. "We don't want to keep the aircraft on the ground a minute longer than is necessary," he said.


The precautionary grounding would not affect aircraft providing Queensland and Northern Territory cyclone relief, he said. "The R44 is used in passenger charter transport, mustering, aerial agriculture, but not typically used in those sorts of rescue applications," Gibson said.




7. UAE THE WORLD LEADER IN AVIATION SAFETY



The UAE has the safest aviation industry in the world after scoring the highest ever ranking issued by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). It scored a success rate of 98.86 per cent making it the most compliant with international safety standards and ranks ahead of South Korea (2nd) and Singapore (3rd), according to the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).



"We've been subjected to an audit from ICAO and based on their assessment the GCAA became number one," said GCAA Director General Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi by phone on Wednesday. The news was welcomed by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. While a number of senior government officials and the executives of the UAE's airlines congratulated the UAE on the ranking.


"This is another feather in the UAE's cap. They are demonstrating a commitment to commercial aviation second to none and the results speak for themselves. Home to leading airlines and now with the highest safety rating, the UAE has become an industry leader," said United States-based analyst Addison Schonland, founder and partner at AirInsight, said by email.


"The number of people attaching their name to this news shows the breadth and depth of the commitment to aviation by powerful people in the region," he added. The UAE has emerged as a major hub of aviation over the past decade and is home to the world's busiest airport for international passenger traffic, Dubai International. "This is a result of the overall transformation project we have started with the organisation almost five years ago," Al Suwaidi said about the country's aviation standards.


ICAO visited the UAE last November where they assessed the country's regulator, airports and airlines. Al Suwaidi said the number one ranking shows that the UAE has the "safest airlines and safest airports." "Great product, great service is of course great from a competitive viewpoint but it has always got to be underpinned by an unrelenting and rigorous focus on safety. This is not something that can be used to commercial advantage but it is important to be able to demonstrate the pre-eminent attention that it is given," said UK-based John Strickland, Director of JLS Consulting, said by email.


Governments of the UAE have invested billions building the country's aviation industry. Emirates is considered the world's largest airline by international passenger traffic and operates the largest fleet of Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger plane.


The government of Dubai has earmarked a $32 billion (Dh117.5 billion) investment to develop Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central, currently Dubai's secondary hub, into a mega airport with an annual capacity of more than 200 million passengers. Abu Dhabi is currently is spending Dh10.8 billion on building the Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) at Abu Dhabi International Airport. With a projected capacity of 40 million passengers a year, it will open in 2017 and be home to Etihad Airways and the airlines it holds stakes in.



8. NEWS FROM THE JOHANNESBURG AIRPORTS



RAND AIRPORT, GERMISTON -
www.randairport.co,za

Next Safety Meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th April 2015 at 09.00 in the Old Customs Hall.
∑ The wearing of high visibility jackets/waistcoats is mandatory for all persons, excepting for passengers under escort, on airside. (SA CAR 139.02.22(6))
∑ Drivers found to be speeding on airside will have their access remote taken from them.

A date for your diary - The Grand Rand Show will be held on 23 August 2015



LANSERIA AIRPORT -
www.lanseriaairport.co.za

Next Safety, Security and Stakeholders Meeting will be held on 10th March 2015 at 12.00 in the LIA Training School.
∑ The wearing of high visibility jackets/waistcoats is mandatory for all persons, excepting for passengers under escort, on airside. (SA CAR 139.02.22(6))
∑ Drivers shall obey the published speed limits.
∑ The ring road is under repair from the water treatment plant through to the entrance. Check with the Operations Centre for up to date information.



GRAND CENTRAL AIRPORT, MIDRAND

Next Safety Meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th April 2015 at 12.00 in the Boardroom



9. NEWS FROM THE SA CAA


The following proposals for change to the Regulations and Technical Standards are being discussed by CARCOM - any points of view should be lodged, in writing, with them before the 13th March 2015.

1. PROPOSAL FOR SUBSTITUTION OF REGULATION 139.02.11 - Establishment of aerodrome environmental management programme(s)

2. PROPOSAL FOR SUBSTITUTION OF REGULATION 139.02.25 - Maintenance of aerodrome environmental management programme (s)

3. PROPOSAL FOR SUBSTITUTION OF REGULATION 139.03.8 - "Establishment of heliport environmental management programme (s)

4. PROPOSAL FOR SUBSTITUTION OF REGULATION 139.03.22 - "Maintenance of heliport environmental management programme (s)

5. SA-CATS 139: AERODROMES AND HELIPORTS -
List of Technical Standards
139.02.22 GENERAL DUTIES OF HOLDER OF LICENCE
6. Monitoring of aircraft noise

6. Part 91.07.16 - to read as follows;
No person shall operate an aircraft contrary to noise abatement procedures established for an aerodrome in terms of regulations 139.xx.xx

7. PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING CARS 121
Part 121.07.8 - to read as follows:
An air service operator shall operate the aircraft in accordance with the noise abatement procedures established for the aerodrome in terms of regulation 139.xx.xx.

8. PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING CARS 127
Part 127.07.13 - to read as follows;
The operator of a commercial air transport helicopter shall operate the helicopter in accordance with the noise abatement procedures established for the aerodrome in terms of regulation 139.xx.xx.



10. SAFETY AND SECURITY



The vice-president of Sierra Leone has put himself into quarantine after one of his bodyguards died from Ebola. Samuel Sam-Sumana said he would stay out of contact with others for 21 days as a precaution. There was optimism the virus was on the decline in Sierra Leone at the end of last year but there has been a recent increase in confirmed cases. Nearly 10,000 people have died in the outbreak, the vast majority in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.


'Taking no chances'
Mr Sam-Sumana said on Saturday that he had chosen to be quarantined to "lead by example" after the death of his bodyguard, John Koroma, last week. He told Reuters news agency that he was "very well" and showing no signs of the illness, but said he did not want to "take chances". His staff have also been placed under observation. He is the country's first senior government figure to subject himself to a voluntary quarantine.



11. COMMERCIAL AIRLINE AND AIRPORT INFORMATION



Ethiopian capital expands airport, plans new hub to meet growth


Ethiopia will complete expansion work on the capital's airport in 2018 to triple the number of passengers it handles from 7 million a year now and will soon pick a site for a new hub to deal with 10 times the number in future, a senior official said.. Bole International Airport, on the edge of Addis Ababa, is home to Ethiopian Airlines [ETHU.UL], the state-owned national carrier that is ranked the largest by revenue in Africa. Less than a decade ago, the airport handled 1 million passengers a year but that rose to 7 million in 2014. Officials expect it to climb by 18 percent a year in the next few years. "We did not expect this growth to happen in eight years. That is why we are undertaking an expansion of the airport that will serve us for the next 15 years, with a capacity about 20 million passengers a year," Hailu Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airports Enterprise project manager for Bole, told Reuters. Expansion work began in September at the airport, where passengers can face long queues at peak travel and transit times. China Communication Construction Company is carrying out the work at a cost of $300 million, set for completion by 2018


Ethiopia, with one of the fastest growing economies in Africa, was now looking at sites for a new international airport to serve up to 70 million a year, Hailu said. By comparison, Dubai International Airport handled 70.5 million passengers in 2014, the world's biggest for passenger traffic, ahead of London's Heathrow with 68.1 million. "We have whittled down potential sites from eight to three, all of which are within 60 to 70 km (37 to 44 miles) from Addis Ababa," Hailu said, adding the site would be picked within six months although construction might take eight years after that as designs, financing and related issues were finalised. Once approved, the construction is only a question of four or five years," he said. An official said the cost of such an airport could be $2.5 billion to $3 billion.


Ethiopian Airlines has been rapidly expanding its fleet. It now has 77 aircraft, with 44 more on order. The International Air Transport Association (IATA), an industry body, ranks the airline Africa's biggest by revenue and profit. As well as capturing transit passengers, the airline aims to draw more visitors to see Ethiopia's mountain scenery and ancient churches, castles and other monuments.
(Reuters) / Curt Lewis Flight Safety Information ADDIS ABABA Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:00am EST



12. SAAFA DONATIONS


Should you wish to make a donation to this more than worthy cause then please pay it (via EFT or as a deposit) into;
Standard Bank Bedford Gardens; Bank Code 018 305; Account Name: SA Air Force Association (JHB Branch); Account Number: 022 605 568. You may use either your Company or Individual name along with the word donation as the reference.



13. FINALE


SITUATIONS VACANT. If you are interested and qualified please send your CV to global@gaconsultants.net


Part Time Consultant Air Safety Officers required who comply with the requirements of SA CARS Part 135, Part 121, Part 127, Part 140, Part 141 and Part 145 - must have had appropriate SMS training, previous experience and preferably been approved by the South African Air Services Licencing Council.


Part Time Quality Assurance Consultants required who are appropriately qualified and comply with the requirements of Part 135, Part 121, Part 127, Part 140, Part 141 and Part 145.


Part Time Aviation Security Consultant required who is appropriately qualified for RSA and International Operations



ANNUAL PRECISION SKILLS DAY






Henley Air's 11th Annual Precision Skills Day 2015 has been confirmed for Saturday 11 April.

This is the day when teams navigate a bucket of water through a maze of gates and try to land the bucket on a target - All while flying a helicopter, of course. Closest time with the least penalties wins.
Entries open soon!!
Who will win the 11th Annual Precision Skills Day this year???







GLOBAL AVIATION CONSULTANTS (PTY) LTD


Can we help you with your aviation safety
and / or quality requirements?



Under SA CAR 140.01.2 if you and your organisation hold one of the following

Q a category 4 or higher aerodrome licence;
Q an ATO approval;
Q an aircraft maintenance organisation approval;
Q a manufacturing organisation approval ;
Q an ATSU approval;
Q a design organisation approval;
Q an AOC issued in terms of Part 121, 127, 135, 141;
Q a procedure design organisation approval; and
Q an electronic services organisation approval,

then you shall establish a Safety Management System for the control and supervision of the services rendered or to be rendered by that organisation.

If you do not already have an approved Air Safety Officer and an approved Safety Management System then please contact us for assistance.

We, at Global Aviation Consultants, deliver the following SA CAA Approved training courses for Air Safety Officers at Rand Airport;

Q Safety Management Systems
Q Integrated Safety Officer Course
Q Quality Assurance Auditor
Q Crew Resource Management (Initial and Recurrent)
Q Dangerous Goods
Q Human Factors for AME's
Should your operation be of a size whereby the full time employment of an Air Safety Officer and/or Quality Assurance Officer is not financially viable then we can provide you with Consultants who have previously held Air Services Licensing Council approval. We can also provide you with a tailor made SA CAA approved Safety Management System.

For further information on how we can help you please contact Rethea or Candice in Hanger 6, Rand Airport, Germiston on 011-024--5446/7 or e-mail global@gaconsultants.net



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