Author: Gerry Soejatman

Bisa fair gak yah kita?

Kecelakaan MA-60 Merpati di Kaimana memicu diskusi dan perdebatan mencapai titik ngawur beyond belief. Selama in saya males posting mengenai ini di social media demi menjaga akal sehat saya, namun, diem juga panas ngeliat yang lain meng-asbun!   Kebanyakan dari debat nya mutar-muter di “pesawat bikinan Cina”, “gak ada sertifikasi FAA”, dan “Ngapain kita pake pesawat bikinan Cina? Kan kita ada CN235?”   Hal yang menggelitik dikepala saya adalah tidak ada satupun yang koar-koar masalah fakta seputar kecelakaan itu sendiri. Bandara Kaimana memiliki 1 NDB dan tidak ada instrument approach procedures. Artinya, mau mendarat disana harus melakukan visual approach dimana jarak pandang harus 5 kilometer atau lebih. Dibawah itu, sorry, illegal!   Semua orang mencuap-cuap mengenai buruknya MA-60, dan semua tidak ada yang mau melihat bahwa pada saat kejadian, jarak pandang di Bandara Kaimana dilaporkan hanya 2 kilometer… YA!! DUA KILOMETER ! Mau coba mendarat pakai CN235 atau ATR atau pesawat lainnya dan jatuh… orang-orang masih mau nyalahin pesawatnya kah?   Saya denger-denger dari “koboi-koboi” dan pasukan pendukungnya, kalau mau mencoba masuk dengan kondisi cuaca dibawah VFR Minimum (5 kilometer jarak pandang tadi), mereka menggunakan GPS. GPS tentu saja bisa memberikan panduan setingkat VOR/DME approach, namun membutuhkan GPS yang sudah di-approve untuk digunakan dalam approach dan harus menggunakan approach procedure GPS yang sudah resmi (alias bukan bikinan sendiri, atau menggunakan waypoint untuk guidance only).   Jika sedang “bermain dengan...

Read More

Let’s be fair shall we?

The Merpati MA-60 accident in Kaimana have stirred the country to the point of being ridiculous. Whilst I have kept away from its discussions in the social media to keep my sanity, sometimes, one just cannot stay quiet! Most of the debate have evolved around “aircraft made in China”, or “it is not FAA certified”, and, “Why are we using planes made in China when we have our locally built CN235?” It is very disturbing that no one seems to bother to check the basic facts of the accident. Kaimana Airport, has 1 NDB, but no instrument approach procedures. To land at Kaimana airport, one has to approach visually, meaning, the visibility has to be 5km for you to even start the approach, otherwise one would be illegal. So with all this talk about how bad the MA-60, everyone seems to ignore the fact that weather at the airport was reported at 2 kilometers, yes, TWO kilometers. Do this on a CN235, an ATR, or any other plane, and crash… Would people still blame the aircraft? I have heard “cowboys” and/or their backers say they can land below the VFR minimum by using the GPS. Sure, GPS can give you down to the equivalent of a VOR/DME approach but only if your GPS is approved for approaches AND if you are following a certified GPS approach procedure. Now when...

Read More

Safety Bulletins, You and Me, and the Media

UK’s AAIB issued a Safety Recommendation for Airbus to alert all operators of A320-series aircraft of the possibility that an electrical power generation system fault may not be clearly annunciated on the ECAM, and may lead to uncommanded rudder trim operation. The BBC has reported the following: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11746699 It contains words/sentences/phrases such as: “Airbus prepares safety warnings” “The pilots reported that without warning the aircraft began to shudder, banking steeply on its own – failing to respond to pilot commands over a period of several minutes.”  “The aircraft’s left wing suddenly dropped without any input from the crew.” “For...

Read More

Recent Tweets

Ad Test

View Articles

Archives