Instrument approach

February 18, 2008 - 1:40pm

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced it will issue revised standards for helicopter navigation this fall that are intended to take advantage of GPS receiver technology and new types of instrument approach procedures.

February 18, 2008 - 5:37am

The FAA last month approved GPS wide-area augmentation system (WAAS) LPV instrument approach criteria for helicopters, opening the floodgates for the new lateral precision/vertical guidance procedures at heliports and landing pads across the country.

February 17, 2008 - 5:40pm

Airservices Australia and Qantas are working with Honeywell at Sydney Airport to supplement the signals broadcast by global navigation satellite systems. Those systems include the global positioning system that will provide the same level of precision approach guidance as a Category I instrument landing system–that is, to a height of 200 feet above the ground as long as visibility on the airport surface is adequate.

February 4, 2008 - 9:00am

Some have called enhanced vision the single most important advance in aviation safety since the introduction of airborne weather radar more than 40 years ago. And for good reason. Enhanced vision systems (EVS)–infrared cameras and/or millimeter-wave radar married to a HUD or MFD in the cockpit– provide pilots with outside visual reference from the start of taxi through takeoff, cruise and approach, right down to the landing flare.

February 4, 2008 - 9:00am

Some have called enhanced vision the single most important advance in aviation safety since the introduction of airborne weather radar more than 40 years ago. And for good reason. Enhanced vision systems (EVS)–infrared cameras and/or millimeter-wave radar married to a HUD or MFD in the cockpit– provide pilots with outside visual reference from the start of taxi through takeoff, cruise and approach, right down to the landing flare.

January 28, 2008 - 8:15am

SOCATA TBM 700, LEESBURG, VA., MARCH 1, 2003–TBM 700 N700PP was destroyed, and its three occupants killed, when it crashed into trees during an instrument approach to Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO), Va., at 2:45 p.m. EST. All three were employees of High Performance Technologies of Arlington, Va.

January 28, 2008 - 8:15am

SOCATA TBM 700, LEESBURG, VA., MARCH 1, 2003–TBM 700 N700PP was destroyed, and its three occupants killed, when it crashed into trees during an instrument approach to Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO), Va., at 2:45 p.m. EST. All three were employees of High Performance Technologies of Arlington, Va.

January 16, 2008 - 6:05am

At its Hayward facility (HWD), Trajen Flight Support recently broke ground on a 60,000-sq-ft corporate condo-hangar complex. The new facility is scheduled for occupancy by the end of this quarter. Trajen reports that the majority of hangar space has been spoken for in the new facility. HWD is about six miles south of Oakland International Airport.

January 11, 2008 - 4:50am

The FAA is proposing numerous revisions to IFR flying to reflect the technological advances intended to “facilitate the transition from ground-based navigation to new reference sources,” principally GPS. For example, the middle marker would be dropped as a required component of the ILS.

January 9, 2008 - 6:17am

One of the FAA’s less publicized programs to increase airport capacity is the gradual introduction of the precision runway monitor (PRM). Currently commissioned at Minneapolis, St. Louis and Philadelphia, and soon to come online at San Francisco and New York JFK, the PRM allows aircraft to make simultaneous independent approaches to closely spaced dual or triple parallel, or dual converging, runways.

 
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