Socata TBM 700, Clovis, N.M., Dec. 22, 2008–The Board ruled that the pilot’s failure to complete the before-landing checklist led to his failure to lower the gear. The gear-up landing substantially damaged the single-engine turboprop. The pilot was using the autopilot for a straight-in approach to the non-towered airport’s Runway 22.
Cessna 510 Mustang, Carlsbad, Calif., April 19, 2008–According to the NTSB, the probable cause of the Mustang’s runway overshoot was the pilot’s misjudgment
of speed and distance. Factors were his failure to follow the autopilot preflight test- fail checklist and his distraction with a flickering primary flight display screen.
Approaching McClellan-Palomar Airport, the pilot selected vertical speed mode
Avidyne used last month’s Sun ’n’ Fun show in Lakeland, Fla., to announce FAA certification of the Entegra Release 9 avionics system. Avidyne said TSO approval for the Entegra Release 9 suite opens the door for retrofits of the cockpit into existing Cirrus SR20s and SR22s.
JetTech, a Colorado specialist in designing and obtaining STCs for RVSM and panel modernization, is at Booth No. 4960 to publicize its glass-cockpit STC for pre-serial number 275 Cessna Citation 500s as well as RVSM retrofit certifications for the Piper Cheyenne 400LS and Cheyenne IIIA.
Jet Works Air Center in Denton, Texas, is hoping many of those operating the more than 200 Bombardier Learjet 31s flying today will stop by the company’s booth (No. 5186) to talk about the proposed replacement of 1960s vintage gimbaled directional and vertical gyros with the Rockwell Collins AHS-3000S solid-state attitude and heading reference systems (AHRS).
S-Tec (Booth No. 2293) has approved Sandel Avionics (Booth No. 4642) SA4550 primary attitude display for use with S-Tec’s System 55, 55X, 60-2 and 65
autopilots following successful flight testing.
Honeywell engineers are now developing a software upgrade for the AgustaWestland AW139 medium twin that optimizes the helicopter’s Primus Epic avionics system for the rigors of search-and-rescue operations.
The FAA issued a new Airworthiness Directive today that warns of a failure by the flight guidance control system (FGCS) in certain Embraer E170s and E190s to display some “caution” messages when warranted. Embraer has found that that certain Honeywell Primus Epic software loads–namely, versions 17.3, 17.4, 17.5, 17.6 and 17.7 installed in the E170 and versions 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6 and 4.7 installed in the E190–triggered the failures.
Phoenix Rising Aviation, an 18-month-old maintenance firm at Drake Field in Fayetteville, Ark., expects this month to receive its first RVSM STC for a Falcon 20, with group approval planned by year-end. The RVSM program is being developed primarily for Falcon 20s equipped with the original Collins AP-105 or Sperry SPC-500 autopilots. Cost is “under $200,000,” including height-monitoring tests. Earlier, Thunder Avionics in St.
BOMBARDIER CL-600-2B19, CHATTANOOGA, TENN., MAY 8, 2003–At approximately 12:28 p.m. EDT Canadair Regional Jet N829AS encountered an uncommanded roll during cruise climb in VMC. The aircraft, registered to State Street Bank of Connecticut and operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, was operating as Flight 4690 on a Part 121 scheduled flight. The crew elected to make a precautionary diversion to Chattanooga.