As an outgrowth of its continuing investigation into the November 12 crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in New York City, the NTSB has recommended that the FAA order manufacturers and operators of transport-category airplanes to revamp pilot-training programs with regard to rudder use.
Aviation International News » March 2002
CESSNA 303, BINGHAMTON, N.Y., NOV. 1, 1999–The NTSB issued a final report on the Cessna twin that landed short after executing a single-engine missed approach (Accident Recaps, January 2000). Safety Board investigators determined probable cause as “the pilot’s improper in-flight decision to descend below the decision height without the runway environment in sight, and his failure to execute a missed approach.
CESSNA 441 CONQUEST II, ARKANSAS CITY, KAN., JAN. 30, 2002–The pilot and his wife died when, according to early reports, he lost control of their Conquest after the autopilot failed in IMC. The pilot radioed ATC and requested a no-gyro vector to visual conditions. Shortly after the request, the turboprop descended rapidly–losing some 27,000 ft in approximately 14 min–until radar coverage and communications were lost.
CESSNA 551 CITATION II/SP, KINGMAN, ARIZ., JAN. 30, 2002–After notifying ATC of low fuel, the pilot requested a diversion to Kingman, Ariz. but before he could reach his new destination both engines flamed out. The aircraft landed gear up on I-40 about half a mile short of the runway. Investigators from the NTSB told AIN the Citation suffered only minor damage.
Congress took most of the month of January off, and when it returned to the business of the nation, the Enron bankruptcy captured its attention. A multitude of congressional committees undertook to explore the whys and wherefores of the collapse. The Democrats sought ties between Enron, President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
Even the hint of a privatized ATC system in the Bush Administration’s budget for fiscal year 2003 has “angered and disappointed” the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca). And AOPA is not too happy either.
Calling September 11 the dividing line between our nation’s approach to aviation security on a “relatively peacetime” footing and the new “wartime environment,” FAA Administrator Jane Garvey is urging continued support for both the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the FAA, which will continue to be responsible for air traffic security, the safety and integrity of aircraft and the oversight of flight-crew training.
Congress has allocated $8.5 million to research on alternative piston aviation fuels in the coming fiscal year. Though current supplies and production of 100LL avgas are secure for the near term, AOPA argues that alternatives may become necessary later.
A new runway and taxiway surveillance system, the Airport Movements Area Safety System (Amass), has gained the confidence of some air traffic controllers despite criticism of its performance by the NTSB. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) recounted two incidents at Boston Logan International Airport in which Amass is credited for alerting ATC in time to prevent runway collisions.
After many years of faithful service, the Exxon Tiger has been retired, replaced by a new customer service program known as PremierSpirit. With the merger of Exxon and Mobil, it was decided that a new image was in order. From a more practical perspective, the new program has added the input from schedulers and dispatchers to the FBO evaluation process. Richard Oldham, ExxonMobil Aviation’s U.S.
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