An alert radar controller monitoring traffic at Shannon air traffic services helped to prevent a Gulfstream IV-SP from crashing near Killarney, Ireland, last July. According to a UK incident report, the Gulfstream crew requested a return to Kerry Airport after a fracture formed on the left-hand windshield shortly after takeoff. Kerry Tower cleared the aircraft for the ILS approach to Runway 26.
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) has begun scheduling wide area augmentation system (Waas) upgrades on Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21-equipped King Air 200/300s. This installation follows the introduction of the King Air C90GTi upgrade announced last March. According to an HBS spokesman, the King Air 200/300 Waas upgrade offers operational flexibility and cost savings associated with direct and curved area navigation (Rnav) routes.
Piper PA-46-500TP, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 18, 2008–The NTSB determined that the pilot’s failure to execute an instrument approach was the cause of the crash, which destroyed the Meridian and killed the owner-pilot, the sole person on board. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s impairment due to use of over-the-counter medication.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Elyria, Ohio, Jan. 18, 2010–N80HH was destroyed and all four people on board were killed when the airplane went down short of Lorain County Regional Airport’s Runway 07 while on an instrument approach.
In 1994 Steve Hickok began the initial flight tests that led to development and implementation of the first FAA-approved GPS Rnav helicopter instrument approaches.
Horizon Air on December 30 became the first scheduled-service passenger carrier to operate a flight using wide area augmentation system (Waas) technology. Equipped with dual Universal Avionics UNS-1Ew flight management systems, Horizon’s only Waas-capable 76-seat Bombardier Q400 carried out the trailblazing mission on a flight from Portland to Seattle.
Certain head-up guidance systems produced by Rockwell Collins can now be used to fly to lower Category I ILS approach minimums after the company last month obtained a special authorization from the FAA’s flight technology and procedures division.
The recent spate of accidents in helicopter offshore oil operations has thrown safety research programs–many of which have long been under way–into the spotlight. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is working on improving the safety of offshore helicopter operations through research into satellite-guided approaches–which would rely on Egnos, Europe’s Waas counterpart–and, in case of ditching, a side-floating concept.
Chicago Jet Group, located at Aurora Municipal Airport, has gained an STC for installing dual Universal Avionics UNS-1Fw and UNS-1Lw flight management systems in the Dassault Falcon 50. The STC includes approval for 3-D coupled Waas GPS (Rnav) and localizer performance with vertical guidance approaches (LPV).
The verdict has been in for a long time: a stabilized approach is an essential part of a safe landing.