Aircraft Performance Group (APG) cofounder Rogers Hemphill believes that the business aviation industry is moving into a new era of applying technology to performance analysis, akin to how computer flight plans revolutionized the calculation of optimum flight profiles.
As of June 30, pilots can expect to receive different runway crossing clearances from ATC, according to the FAA. Starting then, controllers will be required to issue specific clearances for each runway the airplane crosses or operates on.
Bombardier Learjet 45XR, Telluride, Colo., Jan. 3, 2009–The failure of the pilots to positively identify the runway before landing caused this accident, according to the safety board. The twinjet was substantially damaged as it made an off-runway landing at a snow-covered Telluride Regional Airport (KTEX).
Mitsubishi MU-2B-26A, Princeton, Ky., April 3, 2010–The Part 91 personal IFR flight ended with the turboprop twin substantially damaged, when the pilot was unable to maintain directional control on landing rollout at Princeton-Caldwell County Airport. The pilot told investigators that as the airplane began to veer to the right side of the runway toward a ditch he added full power in an attempt to fly over it.
Gulfstream says its flight-data monitoring/flight operational quality assurance program “is already making a difference in safety to operators.” Introduced last year, the aircraft manufacturer’s flight operations risk management service (Forms) increases operational safety by measuring exposure to known risks, such as unstable approaches, system operating limits and adverse runway operations.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Amarillo, Texas, Feb. 4, 2010–The Part 135 flight was landing in night visual conditions at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, when the pilot was informed that the runway was covered in snow and ice. After touchdown, the turboprop twin made an abrupt left turn, which the pilot attempted to counter. The airplane then departed the runway and shed its right main landing gear before coming to a stop.
Garfield County Regional Airport in Rifle, Colo., is closed for seven months
Norwood (Mass.) Memorial Airport is closed to all fixed-wing traffic until further notice due to runway and taxiway flooding. Heavy rain this past weekend caused the Neponset River to send floodwater onto the adjacent airport property, flooding both runways–10/28 and 17/35–and several taxiways.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Elyria, Ohio, Jan. 18, 2010–N80HH was destroyed and all four people on board were killed when the airplane went down short of Lorain County Regional Airport’s Runway 07 while on an instrument approach.
The FAA has approved Vaisala’s AviMet PC-based runway visual range (RVR) system for use by FAA ATC facilities in the U.S. AviMet is automated and uses Vaisala’s optical sensors to determine meteorological optical range and measure ambient light, and these are combined with data from a new light intensity monitor via data processing to deliver a calculated runway visual range. The first airport to implement AviMet