Next convention of EAC in MALTA 2/3/4 MARCH 2017
NEWS FROM UK – RED ARROWS PILOT ACCIDENT OF 2012 and ejection seat
Some news from the UK, relating to the announced prosecution of Martin Baker Ltd over the unintended ejection and death of Flt Lt Shaun Cunningham in 2012, HERE.
EASA GUIDES – some news by JAMES BLACK
It was agreed at a meeting on 25 August at EASA, which included a presentation by the AAIB, that I would finalise the small modifications to the leaflet for pilots (of which the first version was distributed at our convention). I would also press on with a final draft of the Guide for Organisers (GA12) without waiting for the final report of AAIB which is due late this year. The principles that are already in the early drafts (and in the current EAC Airshow Manual) are not in conflict those likely to be advocated by the AAIB. Examples would be adoption of a safety management system, sound use of risk analysis for all aspects of the event, control of safety issues on the day, proper recognition of where non involved third parties may be located, etc.
On the question of numbers of printed copies, I am not exactly sure of EASA’s decision the final numbers. The Guide of Pilots is quite easy to produce in A5 size and to distribute: it can also be downloaded easily as I did for our convention.
The Guide for Organisers is planned for A4 size and at least twice the number of pages If it is accepted as a basic introductory handbook, I hope it could be distributed to new organisers of events around Europe via EAC members, National Authorities, National Aero Clubs and their affiliates. It cannot be as comprehensive as the Airshow Manual is for major events, but I see it more as an entry level tool. It does of course have the limitation that it is currently only in English
FSA – CONVENTION FSA 2016
Will take place on Dec 3 in Lyon Ecully. In the Centre de Valpré…
FRIDAY DEC 2
Réunion du Conseil d’Administration 10.00
2 Ateliers from 14.30 to 17.30
…1er atelier Being display director at a show of a certain importance
…2ème atelier Communication and public handling in crisis situationq
SATURDAY DEC 3
From 9.00 – program in French language since it is for mainly French airshow people
Thèmes des interventions (non classées chronologiquement)
: Retour d’expériences sur l’accidentologie 2015 – Rapport Des Barker – Analyse
et incidence de l’accident de Shoreham. Cas divers.
: Table ronde sur l’Economie d’un plateau aérien : Coûts d’un meeting, …
Coûts des présentations en vol…
: Intervention de la DGAC : quelle politique Française vis-à-vis de la
réglementation. La suite donnée aux travaux du GTMA.
: Intervention GTA : Rôle et missions de la Gendarmerie des Transports Aériens
: Réussir son meeting (Jörg. Thurnheer – OFAC Suisse)
: Intervention d’un Ambassadeur de l’Armée de l’Air
: La communication de crise (Bilan de l’atelier du vendredi)
: Retour sur The Breitling American Tour 2016
18 h 30 : Assemblée Générale FSA (réservée aux adhérents)
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Would you like to spend a few hours getting to know how you can become closely involved with the operation of a famous, historical, airworthy aircraft? Th e Duxford-based Catalina G-PBYA Miss Pick
Up has become a very popular and reliable airshow performer throughout Europe. Importantly, she has also proved that the concept of operating a large ‘warbird’ on a shared ownership basis can be a great success and of terrifi c benefi t to shareholders. Th e operator, Plane Sailing Air Displays Ltd, is planning a ‘future shareholder’ event so that a small reserve of interested individuals can be ready to join our group when one of the 20 shares becomes available, whenever an existing member retires. Share ownership gives the opportunity to fl y (for qualifi ed pilots), or fl y in (for enthusiasts), the Catalina and
most of our existing pilots are shareholders.
This unique and exciting event will be held at Duxford on Sunday 4 October 2015 and further information may be obtained by contacting the operator at firstname.lastname@example.org
If the idea of being a part-owner of the Catalina and having the chance to get airborne with her appeals, get in contact now!
ICAS – OPS BULLETIN(Dan Hollowell)
ENERGY TOWARD THE CROWD
For over 50 years, the North American air show industry has had no spectator fatalities. In an analysis of air show accidents here in the North America, it’s clear that the most important factor in spectator safety is the prohibition on aerobatic energy directed at the spectator area in the United States and Canada. To put it plainly: when there is no aerobatic energy directed at the audience, there is a greatly reduced threat to spectator safety. The blanket prohibition on aerobatic energy directed at the crowd in place in North America has earned our industry the confidence of the regulators and the trust of the public.
As we approach the fall, it is important to remember that new FAA policy for the 2017 season will clarify and fine tune the definition of aerobatic energy directed at the crowd. The new policy was developed with input from the air show industry and has sought to clarify the definition of aerobatic energy directed at the primary spectator area so that there is no room for doubt on whether a maneuver is or is not directing energy at the primary spectator area. Simply put: no aircraft may be aerobatic while its energy vector is pointed between the corner markers. This means that loops toward the crowd, barrel rolls toward the crowd, flying inverted toward the crowd are not allowed. Virtually all of the gray area will be eliminated with this new and clearer definition.
ICAS is encouraging all performers to review their performance and to remember that the FAA will be paying close attention to this definition in the very near future, so the best course of action is to identify and review possibly controversial maneuvers with your ACE. If you have questions about whether or not your sequence includes maneuvers that direct energy toward the crowd, ICAS encourages you to begin asking questions now so that you can make any necessary changes to your sequence before the beginning of the 2017 air show season.
WHEN DOES A NICE GESTURE BECOME A REGULATORY VIOLATION AND SAFETY HAZARD:
SQUIRREL CAGE DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE AIR SHOW ENVIRONMENT
It is a truism in the air show business: “If you haven’t done it somewhere else, don’t do it here.” But in our collective eagerness to entertain audiences and add a little “something extra,” we frequently ignore that truism. And, it’s now clear that these “nice gestures” are likely both a violation of FAA guidance and an unnecessary safety hazard.
In volume 3, Chapter 6 of FAA Order 8900.1, Paragraph 3-145 (D), the requirements for pilots flying formation aerobatics together are specified: Either, the pilots must have flown ten aerobatic performances together within the last twelve months or they must be able to document 30 aerobatic practice sessions together during the preceding twelve months. Elsewhere in 8900.1, formation aerobatics are defined as flying aerobatics within 500 feet of another aircraft. It is not enough that each pilot has a formation aerobatics endorsement on their SAC cards; they must have an extensive and documentable record of recent practices and/or performances together.
It is not uncommon for an event organizer looking for an extra mini-act to ask two or more pilots to fly a “squirrel cage” act with one another. And, from time to time, two solo pilots who are comfortable with one another might offer to fly a three-minute “opposing solo” type act as a “teaser” in the early part of an air show schedule. No matter the experience level of the participating pilots, this is a violation of FAA guidance and the possible source of an enforcement action unless the participating pilots have met and can document the requirements of Paragraph 3-145 (D). As recently as this week, ICAS checked with the appropriate regulators to confirm this point: a squirrel cage demonstration is formation aerobatics and is subject to the same restrictions and requirements as other formation aerobatic air show performances, including the practice requirements.
As benign as they might seem, these kinds of semi-impromptu performances are also a violation of one of the central tenets of air show safety: don’t do anything at the show that you haven’t practiced extensively before arriving at the show.
For event organizers: Requests for impromptu multi-ship performances are a bad idea unless you are very sure that the pilots fly them on regular basis. And, if you’re not sure if they do, they probably don’t.
For pilots: Whether you suggest it yourself or you are approached by another pilot or requested by an air boss or event organizer, squirrel cage additions to your performance schedule can be both a regulatory and safety hazard. If you’re not absolutely sure that you’ve met the regulatory requirements to do it, you probably haven’t and you probably shouldn’t agree to participate in one at a show. And remember: when regulatory authorities become involved, pilot-in-command is pilot-in-command. Period.
PREPARING FOR WORST CASE SCENARIO
In the event of an air show accident (fatal or non-fatal), every air show and every performer should have a previously agreed upon procedure to ensure that next-of-kin are contacted.
Over the years, in several instances, tragic accidents in the air show community have been exacerbated by indecision or complications related to delivering news about deceased or injured air show performers to family members. Air shows and fellow performers should not leave this difficult, but important step to chance or close friends who may – or may not – be present at the time of an accident.
ICAS recommends that both performers and event organizers take specific, pro-active steps to avoid this kind of situation.
Performers – Include detailed contact information for both a primary and secondary contact on the contract and/or support requirements that you send to the air shows with which you contract. At a minimum, this information should include names, cell phone numbers, home phone numbers and email addresses for not less than two different people.
Event organizers – Develop a process with your operations personnel to ensure that – in addition to required pilot-related paperwork – you request and receive this same contact information for all of the individuals performing in your show, including individual contact information from each of the pilots in a formation team. As difficult and heartbreaking as it is to make that call to a loved one, do not assume that somebody else will do it in the sometimes chaotic minutes following an accident or incident.
For our part, ICAS will be developing a new element of our Emergency Extraction database that includes emergency contact information for each performer who downloads emergency extraction information into our database. But don’t depend on that capacity just. Make your own arrangements to help ensure that a tragic situation is not made more difficult unnecessarily.
ICAS SAFETY CREED
The ICAS Safety Creed was developed more than 20 years ago, and despite the fact that it is prominently featured in ICAS publications, it is important to occasionally remind ourselves just what we are all about. Here is the ICAS Safety Creed:
ICAS represents our great industry. The founding members set standards that have contributed to an enviable spectator safety record. These standards are dynamic and continuously honed through years of preparation and experience. ICAS membership carries the responsibility of maintaining these safety standards.
As an ICAS Member:
- I shall remember first and foremost that spectators place their trust and well-being in my mature judgment and professional actions. I shall continuously strive to be deserving of this trust.
- I shall not knowingly violate or stand idly by if others violate the spirit of intent of the rules and standards set forth by ICAS or regulatory authorities.
- I shall work to create an environment that does not invite or promote unsafe actions and do my best to instill these values in my fellow ICAS members.
- I shall not think in terms of my event or my performance. Any adverse safety circumstances at one event may bring irrevocable consequences to the entire industry. It is our industry and our responsibility.
EAC BOARD MEETING: 11 and 12 October, London
At this meeting we shall finalize the program of our next convention in MALTA provided for the first week of March 2017.
IF YOU HAVE GOOD IDEAS THEY ARE VERY WELCOME!
Send them to Charles;
NEXT EAC NEWSLETTER will be sent mid October
THANKS FOR SENDING YOUR DATES TO US(ALL DATES ARE WELCOME)
Volkel Airshow -27 May 2017
Oostwold Airshow – 4/5 June 2017
RAF Cosford Air Show – Sunday 11th June 2017
Leszno aiirshow – 09/11 June 2017
Motril Airshow -10/11 June 2017
SOLA airshow – 10/11 June 2017
Rotterdam/Rhoon Airshow – 24/25 June 2017
YEOVILTON SATURDAY 8 July
Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton Air Day 2017 will take place on Saturday 8th July
RIAT FAIRFORD – 14/15/16 July 2017
GIJON AIRSHOW – 22/23 July 2017
TORRE DEL MAR INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW (MALAGA) – 29/30/31 July 2017
MAKS – 15/10 August 2017
ROSKILDE – 18/20 August 2017
SLOVAK AIR FEST – 26/27 August 2017
40th Int Sanicole airshow – 8 and 10 September 2017
SCAMPTON AIRSHOW – 9/10 September 2017
Lens airshow – 10 September 2017
NATO Air days – 16/17 September 2017
Sion Airshow – 15/17 September 2017
Athens Flying Week – Tanagra air base – 16 and 17 September 2017
Avignon airshow – 23 and 24 September 2017
Festa al Cel al Maresme, Santa Suzanna – 23 and 24 September 2017