While the NTSB’s report on the Dec. 20, 2011, crash of a Socata TBM700 does not yet include a probable cause, the details seem to point to the instrument-rated private pilot’s losing control of the aircraft in icing conditions shortly after departure from the New York City-area Teterboro Airport (TEB). The airplane (N731CA) was destroyed when it hit the ground near Morristown Airport (MMU) in New Jersey, killing the owner-pilot and four others aboard.
Pilots who operate ADS-B-equipped aircraft in any of seven U.S. terminal airspace regions can now take advantage of free air traffic advisories and weather information. The areas include Fairbanks (FAI) in Alaska; Lansing (LAN) in Michigan; Moses Lake (MWH), Pasco (PSC) and Yakima (YKM) in Washington state; as well as Waterloo (ALO) in Iowa; and Youngstown (YNG) in Ohio.
Baron Services, the company that provides XM WX services, introduced an iPad Mobile Link plug-in gadget (introductory price $199.99) that lets compatible iPad apps display XM WX while airborne. Shipments start next month. The company hasn’t revealed subscription prices for XM WX via Mobile Link, but did say that Nexrad radar, satellite imagery, Metar, Taf, TFR, winds aloft, Airmet and Sigmet weather data will be available.
The crew of the Colgan Air Q400 that crashed outside Buffalo on February 12 observed “significant” ice accretion on the aircraft’s windows and wings before the eventual upset that killed all 49 on board and one person on the ground, according to the NTSB’s lead investigator for the accident, Steven Chealander.
Wreckage crews have recovered both Pratt & Whitney PW150 engines of the Colgan Air Q400 that crashed outside Buffalo last Thursday, and preliminary inspection shows a condition “consistent with high-powered flight” when the airplane hit the ground, according to NTSB member Steven Chealander.
Cessna S550 Citation S/II, Dillon, Mont., May 3, 2007–The NTSB did not determine the reason for the in-flight loss of control of the Citation, which crashed on descent to Dillon Airport, killing the ATP-rated pilot and a passenger. The aircraft was destroyed.
Without the ability to understand and accurately forecast weather, NextGen technology won’t amount to much. For that reason, industry participants including Baron Services, NCAR and the FAA are not only working to integrate weather into the NextGen technology, but they are also working to improve forecasting techniques.
WSI has put the finishing touches on a new interactive map section for its Pilotbrief Online weather service that offers an array of content features and filters that users could very well start to find addicting after only a few visits to the site.
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, Naches, Wash., Oct. 7, 2007–The commercial pilot and nine passengers died when the Caravan crashed in the mountains near Naches, at 7:59 p.m. No flight plan was filed for the flight from Star, Idaho, to Shelton, Wash., and the pilot did not obtain a weather briefing. There was an airmet for icing, low-level turbulence and mountain obscuration.
Cessna Citation 560, Pueblo, Colo., Feb. 16, 2005–On a three-mile final for the ILS approach for Runway 26R to the Pueblo Municipal Airport, a Circuit City Citation crashed in freezing rain and fog, killing all eight people on board. Visibility was eight miles, with broken clouds at 900 feet, overcast at 1,400 feet. The temperature was -3 degrees C; dew point -5 degrees C. ATC had warned the jet that it was too low.