The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Flight Tracking Command Center opened in Lagos in mid-April, coincidentally shortly after the IOC presentation touting African airspace modernization. At the request of the NCAA, Calgary, Canada-based AeroMechanical Services developed a satellite-based tracking system for Nigerian airline operations using a proprietary on-aircraft data streaming box.
A problem with a weight on wheels (WOW) switch is being eyed in the American Airlines Boeing 757-200 that ran off the end of snow contaminated Runway 19 at Jackson Hole, Wyo., on December 29. The flight from Chicago with 181 aboard ended up in the snow 658 feet beyond the end of the 6,300-foot-long runway; however, there were no injuries or damage to the aircraft.
The technology in Embraer’s newest business jet series, the Legacy 450 and 500, enables detailed exploration and development to take place much further ahead of first flight, according to Eduardo Camelier, chief test pilot for the Brazilian manufacturer. “We are flying this airplane before first flight a lot more than we did with the E170,” he said.
Cessna Citation 550, Manteo, N.C., Oct. 1, 2010–After landing at Dare County Regional Airport at the end of a Part 91 flight from Tampa, Fla., the Citation II was substantially damaged when it skidded off the end of Runway 23 and came to rest in Croatan Sound. According to witnesses, the twinjet made a steep approach on landing and touched down with 2,100 feet of runway remaining.
This AIN pilot/reporter had an opportunity to fly the Eclipse on two different occasions, once on a short cross-country trip in March between Chicago and Nashville and again to Rockford, Ill., for some approaches, landings
and airwork. My instructor pilot was North American Jet Eclipse instructor Mike Vautell.
Richard Whitcomb, 88, the long-time NASA engineer des-cribed as the most significant aerodynamics contributor of the second half of the 20th century, died on October 13 in Newport News, Va. He was the recipient of the prestigious Collier Trophy for his discovery of the area rule fuselage, which gave fighter jets supersonic speed and greater range, and his supercritical wing and winglets are found on many of today’s aircraft designs.
Air France Flight 447, the Airbus A330-200 that was lost over the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil in June, was the elephant in the room when AeroMechanical Services (AMS) briefed the press on its Flyht Automated Flight Information Reporting System (Afirs) at NBAA yesterday.
The NTSB on Friday released a cockpit voice recorder transcript, group factual reports and other documents from the agency’s investigation of the Sept. 19, 2008, overrun crash of a Learjet 60 in Columbia, S.C. In that accident, the Learjet’s pilots attempted to abort the takeoff after a high-speed tire burst, according to the Safety Board.
The NTSB issued six recommendations stemming from the Sept. 19, 2008 overrun crash of a Learjet 60. In its recommendations to the FAA, the Safety Board wrote that it wants Bombardier to change the design of the Learjet 60 thrust-lever system so that the reverse-lever positions in the cockpit match the positions of the thrust-reverser mechanisms at the engines when the thrust reversers stow.