Dassault Falcon 20D, Lorain, Ohio, Sept. 1, 2005–Taking off from Lorain County Regional Airport, at an altitude of 15 feet, the USA Jet Airlines Falcon encountered “a flock of birds from both sides of the runway” that “swarmed in front of the aircraft” and birds were ingested into both engines.
Accidents, Safety, Security and Training
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Because of 120- to 140-knot headwinds, two Circuit City Citations were making a refueling stop at Pueblo (Colo.) Memorial Airport (PUB), on Feb. 16, 2005, en route to California from Richmond, Va., the chain’s headquarters. One of the Citations, N500AT, crashed on the approach; the other landed without incident.
A $4.7 million European Union project could reduce the number of fatalities in helicopter accidents. Dr. Mike Blundell, a senior lecturer at England’s Coventry University, is working with 11 European partners on HeliSafe–an advanced crash-protection system that will involve a common approach to designing safety features such as seats and seat mountings, harnesses and airbags.
John and Martha King this month plan to take the wraps off a new online training course developed for pilots transitioning from traditional instruments to the Garmin G1000 integrated cockpit. The course will include about four hours of video with interactive quizzes at the end of each training session.
One of the recurrent themes at the Toulouse workshop was the inability of ATC services to provide operators opportunities to use the navigation performance of modern aircraft. Boeing’s John Ackland and Thomas Fixy of the EADS/Airbus/Thales Air Traffic Alliance took the stage to spell out a joint position on RNP.
Eurocontrol provided a short guide to RNP and Rnav concepts and terminology as a primer for delegates.
The chief of the NTSB’s French counterpart is concerned that an increasing number of aircraft are flying under flags of convenience.
Apparently, it’s just a time-honored myth that the Inuit language of native Alaskans has as many as 400 different words covering all forms of frozen precipitation. In fact, there are about a dozen, just like in English.
About a year ago, ARG/US took the wraps off its plans for developing a “virtual copilot.” Dubbed SPX, the program is intended, in the words of ARG/US executive v-p and system architect Mark Fischer, to “put another brain in the cockpit” of single-pilot aircraft, initially very light jets (VLJs) but eventually for wider application.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is scheduled to begin graduate and undergraduate degree classes in professional aeronautics and technical management. The courses will be held at the Evergreen Aviation Museum and the Capt. Michael King Smith Educational Institute in McMinnville, Ore.