RocketRoute (Booth 3680) and Aircraft Performance Group (APG, Booth 3093) have partnered to offer APG’s runway performance data as part of the RocketRoute flight-planning system, which has been used to process more than a million flights since it was introduced in 2010. APG has been providing takeoff/landing and engine-out performance data since 1999.
Responding to a 40-percent rise in runway incursion incidents reported during 2013, Italy’s National Flight Safety Agency (the ANSV) has issued four safety recommendations. The agency said that of the 151 total runway incursions reported last year, 24 involved animals, while the remainder involved vehicles, aircraft or people.
Rome Fiumicino Airport logged the most incursions (26), followed by Bologna (14) and Milan Linate (10).
The total number of incursions so far this year sits at 65.
The FAA Technical Center’s Airport Safety Reseach & Development Branch is evaluating new signage and markings for approach hold and runway safety areas at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Similar signs will be installed at Nashville International Airport (BNA) in December. The agency said some signage markings vary from airport to airport and the discrepancies could lead to confusion. Pilots are encouraged to evaluate the new signs by taking a brief FAA survey.
The FAA released an updated advisory circular AC 91-79A last week to help pilots and aircraft operators more easily identify, understand and mitigate the risks of runway overruns. The AC was also developed to assist operators in creating their own standard operating procedures (SOPs) to help reduce those risks.
Runway overruns account for approximately 10 incident or accidents annually, many resulting in fatalities, according to the agency.
With maintenance and upgrades scheduled for the tower at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, aircraft operators should be aware of temporary reductions in nighttime services extending through Sunday. Work in the tower includes replacing the elevator, upgrading the electrical system and removing asbestos, all of which requires relocating air traffic controllers to a different site. Between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. this week there will be no radar, flight data input/output (FDIO) or automatic terminal information service (ATIS) available at the New York City-area airport.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s inspector general (IG) last month issued recommendations related to the FAA plan to integrate two runway safety systems with airport surface detection equipment (ASDE-X). The two systems are the runway status lights (RWSL) system, which gives pilots a visible warning when runways are occupied; and the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system that generates simultaneous alerts to controllers and pilots of potential runway incursions and ground collisions.
Preliminary Report: Four Die in Kenyan Freighter Crash
Fokker 50, Nairobi, Kenya, July 2, 2014–A Fokker 50 freighter headed to Mogadishu, Somalia, crashed shortly after takeoff at 4 a.m. from Runway 06 at Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta Airport. All four crewmembers on board were killed in the accident and the aircraft was destroyed when it came down in a residential area a mile northeast of the airport.
Preliminary Report: Learjet and Typhoon Collide in Mid Air
Al Gorthy’s recent NBAA webinar Runway Excursions, the Biz Av Perspective began with a recap of a few recent overrun accidents for perspective, namely those involving a Cessna Citation at Santa Monica, a Bombardier Challenger at Aspen and the Gulfstream GIV at Bedford, Massachusetts. According to Gorthy, who is the FAA’s assistant regional runway safety program manager, “75 percent of all business jet excursions happen on a dry runway more than 5,000 feet long.” Between 1995 and 2010, there were 660 runway excursions in the U.S., or about 44 each year.
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.
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