gerardo
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Skyguide's First Reactions

Tue Jul 09, 2002 8:50 pm

After the tragic crash last week, today, Skyguide took its first consequences:
  • As a precautionary measure it must always have two controllers on duty for the foreseeable future. (Note: does this mean, they will have now 3 when 2 are needed, allowing always one to have a break?)

  • The Swiss aviation ministry also decidec, that the person on duty at the time of the crash should not work as a controller "until further notice,". Spokesman Rene Aebersold said the suspension should in no way be interpreted as assigning blame but only recognizes "his psychological burden." Christian Weiss, a Skyguide official, said the controller remains on medical leave and is receiving psychological counseling. Aebersold said the office had issued the suspension just to be certain he remains off duty.

  • The controller has been identified by media as a Danish citizen and father of three children who has been working for Skyguide for five years. His name has not been disclosed.

  • The civil aviation office has issued a directive that Skyguide could only take safety equipment out of service for maintenance if it compensated with other measures, such as putting on extra control staff.


  • Any opinions on this?

    Regards
    Gerardo
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Klaus
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RE: Skyguide's First Reactions

Wed Jul 10, 2002 8:13 am

The civil aviation office has issued a directive that Skyguide could only take safety equipment out of service for maintenance if it compensated with other measures, such as putting on extra control staff.

Shouldn´t that have been obvious all along?  Sad
 
gerardo
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RE: Skyguide's First Reactions

Wed Jul 10, 2002 2:37 pm

Apparently not ....

I wonder, what those were thinking, who decided about those procedures.

I also wonder, what other changes in procedures this crash will have as consequence, above all - but not only - at Skyguide.

Gerardo
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Klaus
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RE: Skyguide's First Reactions

Wed Jul 10, 2002 6:34 pm

From all I´ve heard so far one of the most important things would be to generally mandate TCAS priority over ATC and make it a point in pilot (re-)training. I´m curious about pilot training at bashkirian airlines, in that respect. Maybe the pilot´s hesitation to follow the TCAS RA had its roots there.

I guess you can almost be certain that ATC will try to mount a last-ditch effort at the same time that TCAS is giving you its RA. And the chance of TCAS and ATC conflicting would probably be 50:50, with TCAS mostly having the "better" information at this point.

The changes to ATC procedures should be obvious, I think. Where such changes are still needed, that is!  Sad
 
gerardo
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RE: Skyguide's First Reactions

Wed Jul 10, 2002 9:48 pm

I didn't know, that there are no international rules regarding TCAS instructions. BFU (german investigation office) said, that there are no international rules for the situation, when conflicting advices are given by ATC and TCAS.

In my opinion, TCAS should overrule any other instruction. The reason is, that TCAS was developped to detect an imminent danger. If TCAS gives an RA, then everything else went wrong already.

Regards
Gerardo
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