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.
Honeywell is offering a new product called “long landing”–an EGPWS software solution, in addition to its new SmartLanding. “Long landings” can result from both stable and unstabilized approaches, according to Michael Grove, Honeywell marketing director for safety and information management surveillance systems.
Honeywell last week at the Paris Air Show launched SmartLanding, a product intended to reduce runway excursions by alerting pilots if the aircraft’s approach is unstable and at risk for an unsafe landing. “Runway excursions cost the global industry about $900 million every year,” said Honeywell Aerospace vice president for airlines Mike Madsen.
Bombardier Learjet 35A, Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 24, 2009–The co-pilot who was flying the aircraft at the time inadvertently lined up for landing on the wrong runway. Approximately one mile from touchdown, the co-pilot decided to maneuver to land on the correct runway.
The FAA has awarded Jeppesen the industry’s first letter of acceptance for airport moving-map data under standards outlined in Advisory Circular AC 20-153. The award is intended to validate the quality standards and data capture, maintenance and distribution processes used by electronic surface map providers. Jeppesen’s airport map data is used in a variety of panel-mount and electronic flight bag avionics applications.
A Bermuda-registered Falcon 10 veered off the runway after touchdown at Samaden Airport in Switzerland on January 12 and hit piled snow. The 69-year-old captain and his first officer were killed and the sole passenger was injured. All occupants were Austrian nationals.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air A200, Bridgewater, Va., Sept. 25, 2008–The King Air was substantially damaged when it overran the runway while landing at Bridgewater Air Park. The ATP-rated pilot and his sole passenger, a mechanic, were not injured on the maintenance test flight.
Bombardier Learjet 45, Teterboro, N.J., June 25, 2008–The NTSB attributed the Learjet’s landing on a closed runway to the fact that the local ATC controller, working alone on the midnight shift, failed “to follow published procedures and directives.” The controller was aware that Runways 1 and 19 were closed for maintenance work but failed to place the information on ATIS and failed to tell the approach controller, who said he
Cessna 550 Citation Bravo, Reading, Pa., Aug. 3, 2008–Two-thirds of the Bravo’s wing sheared off when the airplane hit a tractor while landing at Reading Regional Airport/Carl A. Spatz Field. The tower cleared the jet to land on Runway 31 at 3:15, and at 3:17, ground control cleared the tractor, which was mowing, to cross Runway 31 at Taxiway D.
The FAA has begun trials of four separate systems designed to automatically detect, report and pinpoint the location of foreign objects on airport runways. The purpose of the trials is to examine the capabilities of different technology approaches to the problem, and to embody the results in an Advisory Circular in mid-2009.