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.
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American Eagle executives planned to meet with FAA officials last month to discuss the Dallas-based airline’s alleged violations of hazardous-materials regulations. The FAA alleges that on one occasion in 2000 American Eagle transported an oxygen generator as cargo aboard a passenger flight. It also claims that Eagle improperly offered oxygen generators to Federal Express for shipment by air on seven separate occasions.
High-visibility jackets have become an essential sartorial requirement for flight crews visiting the UK, following a directive by the Civil Aviation Authority concerning airside safety management. Although first issued in 1998, the effect of these requirements has taken time to become widely established since some of the smaller airfields have yet to implement them.
Business jet accidents in the first six months of this year remained the same as during the first half of last year, while the turboprop segment saw a significant increase, according to statistics released by Robert E. Breiling Associates. Part 135 jet operations improved, with 10 accidents in the first half of last year shrinking to four thus far this year.
A comprehensive pilot training and briefing system is available online (www.airportflightcrewbriefing.com/Teterboro) to help pilots prepare for flights into and out of Teterboro Airport. The briefing was produced by NATA’s Safety 1st program and Avstar Media and funded by an FAA grant.
A French judge last week ordered Continental Airlines and five people–including aircraft designers, maintenance technicians and one civil aviation authority executive–to stand trial for manslaughter in the criminal investigation into the Concorde crash that killed 113 in July 2000 near Paris. The airline is being charged with negligence in DC-10 maintenance.
A flash fire in the hangar at Berry Aviation in Austin, Texas, last Friday morning destroyed an executive-configured 30-passenger Dornier 328-100 turboprop that was undergoing an extensive interior refurbishment. A spokesman for Berry Aviation said the airplane had been completely stripped of its old interior and a worker was using a variety of chemical products to remove sealants and other materials.
A proposed airworthiness directive for the Sikorsky S-76 would require inspections of the tail rotor vertical stabilizer aft spar assembly every 50 hours after an assembly has 1,000 hours time-in-service. It would also require track and balance of the tail rotor within 30 days and every 200 hours thereafter. The AD would affect an estimated 216 S-76A/B/Cs on the U.S. registry.
New from Saab Avitronics is the RIGS head-up display, which the company is developing to provide a cost-effective multipurpose display to aid pilots of both helicopters and light aircraft. RIGS was launched at last October’s National Business Aviation Association Convention, and made its debut in the defense world at Eurosatory last month.
The pilot of an Eclipse 500 pushed the throttles forward during a wind-shear encounter at Chicago Midway Airport last month with enough force to result in an “eng control fail” crew alerting system message followed by a maximum uncontrolled thrust condition on both of the airplane’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofans.