sexta-feira, 24 de maio de 2013

Airbus Cowling Doors Opening and Closing - duplicate inspection to confirm latching

The number one reason why you need to open both fan cowl doors is to check the IDG oil level, which happens as frequently as once every transit check or perhaps daily. Often this is assigned to the same line engineer. On newer cowlings (2008-2009 era) this was fixed with the inclusion of an IDG access door.

Do NOT let the same mechanic work on all the engines of the plane.

quinta-feira, 23 de maio de 2013

World Aviation Got Its First Ph.D in Aviation Since 1927

Saint Louis University Marks Aviation Milestone

dified: 2013-05-22T19:55:37Z
Published: Wednesday, May. 22, 2013

ST. LOUIS, May 22, 2013 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Just as in 1929 when Parks Air College was awarded Certificate No. 1, making it the first federally certificated pilot training school in the nation, Saint Louis University's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology continues to lead the way internationally in aviation.

On Saturday, May 18, the University conferred the first Ph.D. in Aviation in the United States and the world to Damon Lercel. This historic international milestone also marks the first Ph.D. completed at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.

Parks dean Theodosios Alexander (a.k.a. Theodosios Korakianitis), Sc.D., said, "this success is a momentous and historic milestone for aviation, Parks College and Saint Louis University."

"Parks College is dedicated to excellence in research-led education via building collaborative and inter-disciplinary research capabilities. The doctoral programs in aviation and engineering are part of the foundation for the national and international recognition of Parks College as a leading powerhouse for cutting-edge, industry-relevant and science-driven research," Alexander added.

Manoj Patankar, Ph.D., Executive Director of Center for Aviation Safety Research at Parks, funded and supported Lercel's research through his grant, and calls this success "a dream come true." Parks has been working on the concept of a Ph.D. degree in aviation for more than 10 years, recognizing the need for such a degree as well as the academic rigor and research funding required in order to achieve this milestone in aviation.

Lercel is thrilled to be the first to receive a Ph.D. in aviation, and said "The program offered not only an in-depth immersion in research, but also opportunities to interact with both the domestic and international aviation industries." He further added, "It's a victory for the advancement of aviation."

Saint Louis University's Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology strives to cultivate practitioners, leaders, and thinkers in aviation, engineering, and science by disseminating and integrating values, knowledge and skills in the pursuit of truth. Parks College was founded by Oliver "Lafe" Parks in 1927, and was the first federally approved school of aeronautics, receiving Air Agency Certificate #1.

During the World War II era, the college and its subsidiaries were responsible for training one of every 10 Army Air Corps pilots, plus thousands of aircraft mechanics. In 1946, Oliver Parks gave Parks College to Saint Louis University. It is the only Jesuit university in the United States with a flight program.

Today, Parks College has a worldwide reputation for exemplary aviation and engineering programs through a variety of undergraduate and graduate disciplines, including aerospace engineering, aviation management, flight sciences/professional piloting, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering and biomedical engineering. Learn more at

quarta-feira, 1 de maio de 2013

Safety in the Balance - Aircraft Cargo Loading Logistics System

Aircraft cargo loading logistics system

A cargo loading logistics system for verifying cargo loaded on an aircraft receives a desired restraint configuration from a database and determines an actual restraint configuration on the aircraft by receiving data from a plurality of machine readable identifiers corresponding to a plurality of install points and data from a plurality of machine readable identifiers corresponding to a plurality of restraints. The cargo loading logistics system then compares the desired restraint configuration with the actual restraint configuration and determines if the aircraft is properly configured to be loaded for an upcoming flight.

Sistemas Logísticos de Carregamento de Aeronave de Carga
Um sistema de logísticas de carregamento de carga para verificação de carga embarcada numa aeronave recebe uma configuração restrita desejada de uma base de dados e determina uma configuração restrita real na aeronave ao receber dados de uma pluralidade de máquina de leitura de identificadores correspondente a uma pluralidade de pontos de instalação e dados de uma pluralidade de máquina de leitura de identicadores  correspondente a uma pluralidade de restrições. O sistema de logísticas de carregamento de carga depois compara a configuração de restrição desejada com a configuração de restrição real e determina se a diferença está apropriadamente configurada para ser carregada para um voo futuro.

 Astraeus Airlines Captain and legendary Iron Maiden front man, Bruce Dickinson, is the presenter of a brand new safety production. Safety in the Balance is part of a joint initiative by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the UK aviation industry to highlight the importance of safe and accurate aircraft loading.
The DVD, which is being distributed free of charge, was filmed throughout 2010 by FdA TV Production students and staff from Exeter College in Devon. It was commissioned by the Ground Handling Operations Safety Team (GHOST), a CAA/industry group committed to develop strategies to mitigate the safety risks from aircraft ground handling and ground support activities. The group is made up of representatives from UK airlines and airport operators.
Many thanks goes out to all those who made this video possible. Specially Bruce Dickinson (Astraeus) & Jason Sandever (CAA). Many thanks also to the production team from Exeter College who delivered. Staff members John Fitzsimons, Atila Mustafa and their students James Boon, Michael Court, James Large, Toby Morgan, Nicola Page, Stef Patrick, Lesley Ross & Dan Wiseman.

Watch this movie about Loading Cargo Aircraft operation (full HD) - Safety in the Balance

Boeing 747 Freighter

Cargo Volume, Main Deck
21,347ft3 (605m3)
30 pallets, 96x125in (244 x 318 cm)
Cargo Volume, Lower Deck
5,600ft3 (159m3)
32 LD-1 containers

Cargo Volume, Bulk Cargo
520ft3 (15m3)

Maximum Payload 248,300 lbs (112,630 kg)
Optional 273,300 lbs (123,970 kg) available with maximum take-off-weight limitation

Maximum Fuel Capacity
53,765 U.S. gal (203,515 L)
Maximum Takeoff Weight
875,000 lb (396,900 kg)



Cargo loading compartments considerably differ in size, contour, size of access doors, compartment equipment, floor bearing strength, restraint possibilities and locations. This applies to various manufacturers and aircraft types due to different operator requirements, even within the same aircraft series.

It is therefore essential to consider aircraft types, their equipment and facilities for the carriage of cargo, apart from individual characteristics, flight category, duration of flight, etc. for the build-up of cargo loads. This refers equally to the size and weight of individual pieces (large and/or heavy pieces), as well as to special commodities and the lay-out of the aircraft for bulk load or ULDs. The carriage of passenger baggage, crew baggage, mail, service freight and company cargo as well as special commodities may demand commodity separation, e.g. live

animals, human remains, perishable shipments, chemicals, etc.
Similarly temperature, pressure equalisation and ventilation may demand special facilities and considerations when accepting cargo for carriage and may even exclude certain commodities from transportation by air in general or for certain aircraft types in particular.