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
Dassault Falcon 20, Jamestown, N.Y., Dec. 21, 2008–Icy runway conditions prevented the crew from stopping the airplane on landing, according to the NTSB. A contributing factor was the failure of the drag chute to deploy properly. The twinjet was substantially damaged when it overran the runway while landing at Chautauqua County/Jamestown Airport around 1 a.m.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have released a runway excursion risk-reduction tool kit that provides analysis of runway excursion accident data, a compilation of significant risk factors and recommendations for operators, pilots, airports, air traffic management, air traffic controllers and regulators to help address the problem.
The underwear bomber’s abortive attempt to blow up a Northwest/Delta flight from Amsterdam to Detroit quickly overshadowed aviation’s other lucky break this past Christmas season–American Flight 331 from Miami to Kingston, Jamaica, which slid off a rain-soaked runway, breaking the fuselage in three places and injuring scores of people.
While NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman lauded controllers and pilots for an improving runway incursion rate in the U.S., she took the FAA to task for its dithering over six recommendations on runway safety issued in 2000.
Cessna 550 Citation II, San Diego, Calif., Oct. 8, 2009–The twinjet–operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency–was substantially damaged after it struck a runway sign during takeoff roll from North Island Naval Air Station. After assessing the damage en route, the flight crew decided to return to North Island and made an uneventful landing.
The FAA selected Teterboro (N.J.) Airport as the first U.S. airport to test a new runway-light automation system as part of an effort to improve ground safety and efficiency. Produced by Searidge Technologies of Quebec, the IntelliDar system uses thermal video sensors and computer vision technology to track the movement of aircraft on the airport surface.
The FAA has commissioned the first implementation of a new generation of precision runway monitor (PRM) equipment at Detroit/Wayne Airport (DTW), to permit simultaneous close parallel approaches to adjacent runways having less than 4,300 feet between their centerlines. At DTW these are Runways 21L and 22R, separated by 3,000 feet, the current lower limit.
On October 14, state, county and city leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of
The FAA and co-sponsors Mitre and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) are holding the first International Runway Safety Summit December 1 to 3 in Washington, D.C. All aviation safety professionals are invited, including pilots, controllers, researchers, aviation executives and government and labor officials.