An AINSafety story published last year demonstrated that a relatively straightforward GPS approach can be fraught with danger even when pilots precisely follow the instrument approach plate. Our editors began thinking about what readers might regard as their most challenging instrument approaches.
Approach lighting system
Several suppliers for Gulfstream’s new G650 were recently announced, some of which updated their progress building components for the new aircraft.
The FAA is investigating having VASI and PAPI lights begin flashing when the landing runway is occupied. Doing so could prevent “landovers,” where an aircraft continues its approach and touches down while another aircraft or vehicle is still on the runway.
An enhanced version of TruVision, called TruVision Global, has been introduced by Frasca International (Booth No. 4420). The Urbana, Ill. company’s visual system allows pilots worldwide to view representative terrain and airports. The latest version covers more than 10,000 runways, plus coastlines, rivers, roads and more.
Socata TBM 700, North Dartmouth, Mass., Feb. 2, 2007–Making an IFR missed approach to New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB) in Massachusetts at night, TBM N944CA crashed in Dartmouth, one mile west of the airport, killing all three people on board.
Raytheon Beech King Air 200, Dulles, Va., Oct. 26, 2004–The NTSB said the accident was caused by the pilot’s improper in-flight decision to continue an instrument approach and landing. Below-minimums weather conditions were a factor.