The ForeFlight team has released a major update to the ForeFlight Mobile iPad app–Version 5–featuring a new hazard advisor with terrain and obstacle awareness, new runway advisor features such as a traffic pattern advisor, runway winds and automatic display of taxi diagrams. The terrain map and Hazard Advisor work only on newer iPads (iPad mini, 2 and later) and iPhones (4 and later).
The FAA released guidance yesterday to the 149 airports whose contract towers are scheduled to close as a result of budget cuts that outlines the shutdown schedule and addresses what will happen to the tower structures and equipment.
All taxiways at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) once identified by a “Z” prefix have been eliminated as the City of Chicago continues toward the May 2, 2013 renaming of Runway 10-28. That runway will become 10L-28R in advance of this fall’s opening of the new Runway 10C-28C. ORD taxiways will now be identified with double letters such as “DD” or “GG.”
The FAA announced today that 149 federal contract towers will close beginning April 7 as part of the agency’s plan to trim its budget by $637 million in Fiscal Year 2013 under sequestration. Two weeks ago, the FAA released a list of 238 towers potentially facing closure.
Israel’s Xsight has developed its new FODetect system to help airport managers keep runways clear during rainstorms or even in the middle of the night. Using a small swiveling radar transmitter and sensor unit installed near the runway’s edge, the FODetect beams sweeps the runway as often as every 30 seconds and, like traditional radar, highlights–both visually and aurally–objects as tiny as a rivet that may have fallen unnoticed from vehicles. The operator watching the FODetect screen will also see a high-resolution image of the object that caused the alarm.
Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday will generate specific aircraft arrival and departure procedures at New Orleans Lakefront (NEW) associated with the non-movement areas through Monday, according to NBAA Air Traffic Services. “These procedures are necessary due to the significant number of aircraft expected at NEW,” NBAA said. Specifically, there is a “highly detailed” metering plan for all departures from NEW starting at 9 a.m. CST on Saturday and ending at 10 p.m. CST on Monday.
In a new bid to reduce runway excursions, Eurocontrol published an action plan designed to help chip away at the annual rate of incidents, which ICAO says has not changed in 20 years. The plan is based on input from nearly every potential stakeholder, including airport operators, air navigation service providers, aircraft operators, aircraft manufacturers, professional associations and government safety authorities. Data was also gathered from more than 1,000 accident and incident reports from around the world.
The FAA has announced a number of taxiway changes at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The changes, which became effective last week, rename taxiways “ZC” as “AA,” “ZD” as “L1,” “ZE” as “BB” and “ZF” as “CC.” Looking ahead, the FAA reminded users that on May 2 Runway 10-28 will be redesignated Runway 10L-28R as the City of Chicago prepares to open the airport’s new south Runway 10R-28L later this year.
Brunswick Executive Airport (BXM) in Maine is receiving a $25 million upgrade via the FAA’s Military Airport Program. Improvements include energy-efficient lighting systems for the single active runway (1R/19L), freshly painted markers and new signs to improve taxiing guidance for pilots. Construction has begun on 20 T hangars, and a segmented circle is also in the works. The airport has also acquired new snow removal equipment. Instrument approaches (ILS and GPS) and AWOS are now up and running. Meanwhile, some taxiways have been renamed to comply with current FAA standards.
The FAA updated instructions for taxi and ground movement operations effective Dec. 17, 2012. The new version of Order JO 7110.65, Paragraph 3-7-2 instructs both pilots and controllers that the entrance at the end of the runway need not be included in [ATC-issued] taxi instructions. For example, if the specific taxi route ends at a connecting taxiway with the same identifier (for example, Taxiway “A” connects with Taxiway “A1”) at the approach end of the runway, the connecting taxiway may be omitted from the clearance.