Bell Helicopter announced last month that its new 429 light twin has been approved for precise wide area augmentation system (Waas) glidepath operations. The capability will allow the 429 to be flown to point-in-space approaches when the cloud ceiling is as low as 250 feet agl and to conduct steep (9 degrees) localizer precision with vertical guidance (LPV) approaches at a minimum velocity for instrument approaches (Vmini) of 45 knots.
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.
An alert radar controller monitoring traffic at Shannon air traffic services is credited with helping to prevent a Gulfstream IV-SP from crashing into the ground near Killarney, Ireland, last July. According to a UK incident report released yesterday, the Gulfstream crew requested a return back to Kerry Airport after a fracture formed on the left-hand windshield shortly after takeoff.
Hawker Beechcraft C90 GTi, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Jan. 15, 2010–While taking off from Les Eplatures Airport’s Runway 24 for a flight to Dôle-Tavaux Airport in France, the King Air ran off the runway and struck the ILS localizer before coming to a halt against a block of concrete. The copilot and one passenger were seriously injured, the pilot suffered minor injuries and the remaining passenger was unharmed.
Norwood (Mass.) Memorial Airport, which closed to fixed-wing traffic on March 15 as a result of damage from the Nor’Easter that tore through the Northeast over the March 12 weekend, yesterday reopened to fixed-wing traffic during daylight hours.
The Swiss government has approved Lugano Airport’s plan to install more visual aids, including a lead-in light row with strobe lamps for Runway 19. This will allow waiving current low-visibility restrictions below 3,000 feet for aircraft landing under IFR and should guarantee a weather-related dispatch reliability of 99 percent, versus the current 97 percent. Airport authorities want the new installation certified and operational by October.
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).
Air Transport Association president and CEO James May suggested yesterday that if the Next Generation Air Transportation System is fast-tracked like the Interstate Highway System was a half century ago, many of the promised benefits could be operational within five years.
The first fully integrated multi-mode receiver (MMR) for use with microwave landing systems completed a series of successful test flights recently. MMR maker Rockwell Collins said the tests would lead to certification early next year. TSO approval for the MMR unit should be in hand by the end of the first quarter, with initial deliveries starting soon after to the U.S. Air Force.
CESSNA 421B, NORMAN, OKLA., DEC. 10, 2000–The NTSB listed as the probable cause of this accident “the pilot’s failure to follow the instrument approach procedure and his continued descent below the prescribed minimum descent altitude (MDA).” Contributory factors were the pilot’s physical impairment from drugs, the low ceiling, fog and dark-night light conditions. The pilot and his passenger were killed in the accident.