Aviation Safety News Roundup | October 2020

Aviation Safety News Roundup | October 2020
Claire Ealding
Oct 27, 2020

Airbus Unveils ACJ TwoTwenty Business Jet

  • The ACJ TwoTwenty will be able to take off from the same airports as competing business jets, occupy the same ramp space, while offering three times more cabin space.
  • "The cabin will allow up to 18 passengers to work, share, dine and relax at their discretion thanks to its cabin versatility and options suiting their needs and taste."
  • It is a “clean-sheet design aircraft”, based on Airbus’ A220-100, featuring advanced materials and state-of-the-art technologies. The cabin will offer two times better connectivity than its competitors, a Wi-Fi system across all the cabin and latest innovations such as electro-chromatic windows and LED lighting.
  • "The ACJ TwoTwenty will have an increased range enabling the aircraft to fly up to 5,650 nm (over 12 flight hours), directly connecting city pairs like London and Los Angeles, Moscow and Jakarta, Tokyo and Dubai as well as Beijing and Melbourne."
  • "The manufacturer has won its first 6 orders, with entry into service of the first ACJ TwoTwenty by Comlux Aviation targeted for early 2023."

Aviation Tribune

I-FALPA Disapproves of Russia’s Decision to Imprison Three Air Traffic Controllers, Citing Poor Safety Culture

  • Three air traffic controllers sentenced to at least 5 years imprisonment for “failing to prevent” the crash of the Unijet Falcon 50 crash in Moscow (2014).
  • The plane crashed during take-off, when a snow-plough driver strayed onto the runway.
  • "The International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations (I-FALPA) calls for the immediate release of the air traffic controllers."
  • I-FALPA believes that many mistakes in the future will go unreported because those involved will now be fearful of punitive actions.
  • I-FALPA urges the Russian Federation to adhere to ICAO’s safety culture principles (Annexes 13 and 19).


Boeing 737 MAX to Return to Service at Year's End  

  • "Daily flights between Miami and New York to begin December 29th."
  • It has been grounded since 2019 after 2 fatal crashes.
  • An FAA Airworthiness Directive will advise operators of required corrective actions before aircraft may re-enter commercial service.
  • The FAA also proposed revised training procedures for the MAX.


ICAO Secretary General: Don’t Let Pandemic Distract from Traditional Safety Focus

  • The aviation industry should ensure that disruptions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic do not weaken the industry’s focus on improving aviation safety.
  • This is said by Dr. Fang Liu, secretary general of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), on Oct. 19 during Flight Safety Foundation’s (FSF) International Air Safety Summit (IASS).
  • She said “In these unprecedented times, we must not lose sight of the important structure we have established to improve aviation safety over the longer term.”
  • "ICAO’s Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) can aid the aviation community in addressing new types of risks stemming from the pandemic."  
  • New risks include aircraft that are lighter than usual due to less passengers, crew who have not flown in several months and aircraft returning to service after being parked.

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