HKALPA's Response to MH370 Media Coverage - Press Release
It is the policy of the Hong Kong Airline Pilots' Association to reserve comment on active investigations in order to allow investigators the opportunity to collect factual data and make unbiased determinations of the causal factors in an accident or incident. However, recent media coverage of several high profile accidents have us greatly concerned about the quality of reporting and, more specifically, the value of speculating about the causes of events prior to the conclusion of an exhaustive investigation. ....Read more.
Cathay Pacific Pilots Receive IFALPA's Polaris Award
The Hong Kong Airline Pilots Association (HKALPA) is proud to announce that the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) Polaris Award was presented to two of its members, Captain Malcolm Waters and First Officer David Hayhoe, at the IFALPA Annual Conference in Panama on 29 March 2014... Read more.
International Shipments of Lithium Batteries - IFALPA Briefing Leaflet
In its latest Briefing Leaflet on International Shipments of Lithium batteries, IFALPA highlighted the changes made to ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, and made recommendations for pilots to follow...
ICAO Multi-Crew Pilot License Symposium
HKALPA will be attending the ICAO Multi-Crew Pilot License Symposium in December.
As part of the “proof of concept” program that began in November of 2006, this symposium aims at evaluating the implementation of MPL training programs and discuss relevant issues going forward. The MPL Symposium will provide a valuable networking and experience-sharing opportunity that will include information from ICAO, Civil Aviation Authorities, international organizations and leading industry stakeholders. It will provide an opportunity for a candid assessment of the related outcomes of MPL programs and identify areas of future improvements......
Radio Interview on Aviation Safety
HKALPA participated in a Panel Discussion hosted by China Radio International on aviation safety in the wake of Asiana Flight 214. Participating on the Panel were: Mr. Gao Qi, Professor at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Captain Kevin L. Hiatt, President and CEO of Flight Safety Foundation;, and representing HKALPA was Captain Dave Newbery, who is an IFALPA Accredited Accident Investigator. The Panel discussed the NTSB's initial handling of the Asiana 214 investigation and associated press briefings, what future actions would occur in this investigation, the current state of pilot training and how it might be conducted in the future, airline safety in general, and current aspects and future requirements of the air traffic system in Mainland China.
Follow the link to listen to the panel discussion:
Statement by ECA President Nico Voorbach
Following a vote in the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Committee on the proposed rules for Flight Time Limitations on 11 July, Nico Voorback, President of the European Cockpit Association, stated:
“It was our sincere hope that the EU Commission would improve the Flight Time Limitations proposal, especially after the Parliament hearing on 18 June, where it became clear that EASA ignored scientific evidence. We learned no improvements have been put forward and we are deeply unsatisfied with the final Commission proposal. The decision taken on Friday not only disregards once again the unanimous advice of scientific experts but also ignores the negative vote of the Dutch Parliament, the only EU Parliament, which had discussed this proposal in depth. On behalf of all European pilots, I’d like to remind decision-makers that this proposal is unsafe and the vote by the EASA Committee is disappointing. We trust that Members of the European Parliament will examine the proposal thoroughly and take the necessary measures to improve it and make it safe. If this is not the case, the only other option is to reject the EU Commission proposal.”
Full Investigation of Asiana Flight 214 Accident Needed before Drawing Conclusions
MONTREAL — The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations has released the following statement regarding the Asiana Flight 214 accident in San Francisco on 6 July, 2013:
IFALPA would like to express our most sincere condolences to all those impacted by this accident including passengers, crew, first responders, and their families.
IFALPA would like to acknowledge that we disagree with the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) decision to release the operational data from on-board recorders so early in the investigation of this accident. IFALPA feels strongly that such details should only be publicly released following a thorough and complete investigation of the events that occurred, and not prematurely during the course of the field portion of the accident investigation, underway for less than one week. Publicly declaring premature, unanalyzed, and partial data can severely interfere with the investigative process, and also implies that the NTSB has already concluded probable cause of the accident before the onset of an investigation.
IFALPA feels that the publication of data points obtained from the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder can compromise flight safety as the data lacks the context of the entire body of factual investigative data. The release of partial data can lead to media and public speculation and sensationalization of the causes of the accident before all the facts are collected, and before investigators have the ability to determine why the events occurred and, in this case, before the aircraft pilots and crew had the opportunity to report vital information as to what exactly occurred during the event leading up to the accident... Read more.