NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker told the House aviation subcommittee last month that his agency is disappointed in the FAA’s response to five of the six aviation items on the Safety Board’s Most Wanted List of safety improvements.
A Falcon 900 ran off Runway 25 while departing from California’s Santa Barbara Airport at 2:15 p.m. on June 10. According to an airport authority statement, Falcon N914DD “experienced a malfunction” that caused the pilots to abort the takeoff. “The pilot applied the brakes 1,600 feet before reaching the runway end, with the aircraft coming to rest about 400 feet beyond the runway.” None of the 13 passengers or two pilots was injured.
General aviation and its allies continued the political infighting with the airline lobby over user fees last month, firing salvos at an Air Transport Association (ATA) airport-shown television ad that portrayed GA–especially business jets–as the culprits behind airline delays.
A Piaggio Avanti blew its two main gear tires during a runway incursion at Teterboro Airport on June 17. The Avanti, operated by Avantair, was cleared to depart Runway 24. Forty seconds later, Cirrus SR22 N6026K was cleared to depart Runway 19, which intersects Runway 24. The Avanti pilot saw the approaching aircraft, applied maximum braking and missed hitting the SR22 by 50 feet. The incident occurred during VMC conditions.
Since March, Boston-bound business travelers have enjoyed Logan International Airport’s first modern FBO in many years, the new Signature Flight Support facility, which held a grand-opening ceremony on June 22. The $13 million FBO was built to environmentally sound standards, and Signature is applying for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
A Falcon 900 ran off Runway 25 while departing from California’s Santa Barbara Airport at 2:15 pm on June 10. According to an airport authority statement, Falcon N914DD “experienced a malfunction” that caused the pilots to abort the takeoff. “The pilot applied the brakes 1,600 feet before reaching the runway end with the aircraft coming to rest about 400 feet beyond the runway.” None of the 13 passengers or two pilots was injured.
Bombardier CRJ (CL-600-2D24), Las Vegas, April 30, 2006–Northwest Airlines ground service personnel failed to set the parking brake properly on the lead baggage cart, which crashed into a Mesa Airlines CRJ taxiing for departure at McCarran International Airport, the NTSB determined. The Mesa pilot had reached an intersection and spotted the runaway baggage carts rapidly approaching.
Swearingen SA-226T, Wheeling, Ill., April 11, 2007–N125WG was substantially damaged during an aborted takeoff at Chicago Executive Airport. The ATP-rated pilot said he felt a “surge” from the left engine as he reached 75 knots on the takeoff roll. The surge continued and he could not maintain directional control. He pulled back the power and aborted the takeoff.
If you think the next-generation air transportation system (NextGen) is still far down the flyway, consider this. Starting in September, the FAA, in conjunction with Eurocontrol, will begin teaching courses in performance-based navigation (PBN) in all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regions.
Local airports frequently attract negative attention. Ocean County, N.J. officials are trying to fend off this perception by emphasizing the local airport’s potential to help industry develop, thereby reducing the tax burden for residents. Ocean County officials envision county-owned R.J. Miller Airpark (MJX) in Tom’s River, N.J., developing into a major business aviation center, serving the area between New York and Philadelphia.