Although the media and Congress continue to wring their collective hands over the rising number of reported runway incursions, the FAA is claiming that the severity of these incursions has remained relatively low and stable over the past four years.
“Since the improvements, we have clearly become Milwaukee’s third airport,” said John Lotzer, owner of Waukesha (Wis.) Flying Services. “We have the advantage of being only 10 miles west of the city’s business center without the noise restrictions applied to Timmerman Field or the traffic of Mitchell International.”
Would a broader aeronautical definition of “night” have helped to prevent the fatal crash of a Gulfstream III last year? The NTSB has not yet released its final report, but it’s clear from the following recommendation that the Safety Board believes a “black-hole effect” may have been a factor in the accident.
HAWKER SIDDELEY HS-125-700, JACKSON HOLE, WYO., DEC. 20, 2000–Two passengers and two pilots walked away from their substantially damaged aircraft after landing 195 ft left of the runway centerline. Night IMC prevailed for the ILS approach to Runway 18 into the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC).
MITSUBISHI MU-300, CLEVELAND, OHIO, FEB. 10, 2002–Substantially damaged aircraft and uninjured pilots do not often go hand-in-hand but two pilots remained just so in an overrun at Cleveland Cuyahoga County Airport (CGF). The crew was landing after a Part 91 positioning flight from Palwaukee (Ill.) Airport (PWK) in night IMC, with snow and high winds.
The FAA has pushed back its final safety report on the Arizona Cardinals’ football stadium from September 11 until October 11, leaving the stadium builders frustrated about the delay.
As an object lesson to those aviation advocates whose answer to airspace and airport congestion lies in the “more runways” solution, ponder the fate of Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International’s third runway. First proposed in 1987, the 8,500-ft, $773 million runway has been held up in hearings and court challenges ever since.
The FAA has said it might raise decision heights on instrument approaches at Hanscom Field, Boston’s primary general aviation reliever airport in Bedford, Mass., because of tall trees infringing on the runways’ extended centerlines. Local citizens’ groups have retained an attorney to try to block FAA plans to trim the trees–perhaps indefinitely.
RAYTHEON BEECH KING AIR 90, ROSEAU, MINN., JUNE 27, 2002–Runway incursions took on a new meaning when the two pilots and two medical personnel on board King Air N911ND escaped injury during a 4:36 a.m. accident at Roseau Municipal Airport (ROX).
New York is a demanding business environment, especially in aviation. Panorama Flight Service, an FBO/charter operator at Westchester County Airport (HPN), has been around for three generations, starting as a sightseeing operation in 1958. In 1961, the company began its charter service. Twenty years later, it opened its FBO at HPN.