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.
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.
Honeywell’s new SmartRunway and SmartLanding technologies have received FAA Technical Standard Order approval. The approval clears the way for installation of the new products as software upgrades to the company’s Mark V and Mark VII enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS). Installation takes one hour, according to a spokesman.
The 5,002-foot main runway at Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport in South Florida is finally going to be extended to 6,000 feet, thanks to a grant from the FAA, some money from the Florida Department of Transportation and revenues from airport property.
Honeywell yesterday received TSO approval for SmartRunway and SmartLanding, which are both software upgrades for the company’s Mark V and Mark VII enhanced ground proximity warning systems (EGPWS) that can help reduce runway excursions and incursions. The systems require just one hour of aircraft downtime for installation and minimal pilot training, Honeywell said.
Gulfstream Astra SPX, Atlanta, Sept. 14, 2007–The NTSB blamed the accident on the pilot’s failure to initiate a missed approach and his failure to touch
down properly while landing in rain. Contributing to the accident was the operator’s lack of standard operating procedures and inadequate maintenance of the windshield.
The FAA is seeking industry comment by September 4 on draft AC 150/5220-xx, which addresses automatic foreign object debris (FOD) detection and alerting systems evaluated by the FAA Technical Center and the University of Illinois Center of Excellence in Airport Technology.
Hawker Beechcraft Premier I, Leesburg, Va., Feb. 12, 2008–The probable cause of the accident was the airplane’s runway excursion during landing, following an encounter with ice, according to the Safety Board. The jet touched down after a normal approach near the threshold of the 5,500-foot-long runway at Leesburg Executive Airport at an airspeed of 100 knots.