In an effort to make its airport more attractive to business jet users, authorities at the Avoyelles Parish Airport Authority in central Louisiana have approved a five-year improvement plan for Marksville Municipal Airport, the cornerstone of which is a $2 million extension to the runway. Currently at 3,800 feet, the runway at the propeller-only airport is unusable by all but the smallest private jets, even if jet fuel were available; the proposed 1,200-foot addition would provide midsize jets a comfortable length for takeoffs and landings.
A modernization program costing at least $100 million is set to kick off at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tenn. Officials promise no disruption to flights during the estimated six-year-long project, which will see complete rehabilitation of both runways, as well as modifications to the configuration of taxiways. The improvements will affect about 90 percent of the airport’s 90 acres of pavement. An LED taxiway edge lighting system will also be installed, along with a new ILS system.
The European Operators Flight Data Monitoring Working Group B–part of the European commercial aviation safety team (ECast)–last week released its study into the precursors of runway excursions. The objectives of the working study were to create best practices for addressing runway excursion problems, as well as to provide guidelines for implementing flight data monitoring (FDM) software tools to identify relevant data.
Later this month, the FAA plans to begin testing a new lighting system at Boston Logan Airport that will warn arriving pilots when their runway is occupied by another aircraft. Called the enhanced final approach runway occupancy signal (eFaros), the new system flashes the existing precision approach path indicator lights to indicate the runway is not safe for landing long before the aircraft is committed to touchdown.
The Jamaican Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) labeled an American Airlines flight crew’s reduced situational awareness as the primary cause of the December 2009 runway excursion by a Boeing 737-800 at Kingston Airport. The aircraft departed Miami carrying 148 passengers and a crew of six, and all occupants survived the accident.
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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said an additional go-around might have prevented a January 23 wet-runway excursion involving a chartered Fairchild SA-226 turboprop at Archerfield in Queensland.
An anticipated $35 million runway reconstruction and expansion project at Dallas Executive Airport is expected to begin this summer. The plan calls for a phased rehabilitation program on the airport’s 6,451-foot and 3,800-foot runways, followed by an extension of main Runway 13/31 to 7,000 feet, in 2016, making the field more appealing for large-cabin business jet operations.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) report on the August 2012 runway overrun at St. John’s, Newfoundland, involving a Russian Ilyushin Il-76TD found a number of actions that culminated with the 140-ton aircraft rolling off the end of the airport’s 8,500-foot Runway 11. Despite the use of maximum reverse thrust, the aircraft departed the hard surface at approximately 40 knots and came to a stop 640 feet beyond the end of the runway. No injuries were reported to any of the 10 people on board.
The FAA has updated its air traffic controller handbook–JO7110.652–in an effort to prevent aircraft from flying too close together when operating on or near a busy hub airport. The update addresses arrivals and departures using both intersecting and non-intersecting runways. The effort evolved in response to a number of close calls that brought departing aircraft into close proximity with an arrival that had executed an unplanned go-around near the airport.
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