METAR

January 28, 2008 - 8:35am

CESSNA 208, KOTZEBUE, ALASKA, MARCH 2, 2003–Cessna N205BA sustained substantial damage at about 3:04 p.m. local time when it collided with ice-covered terrain during a VFR approach. The accident occurred a quarter mile from the approach end of Runway 08 at the Ralph Wien Memorial Airport (OTZ).

January 18, 2008 - 5:16am

All three people aboard a Citation Eagle II were killed when the twinjet crashed while on approach in rain and mist to Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Idaho, on the afternoon of March 15. The Eagle II is a Citation 501 with Williams FJ44 engines in place of the original P&WC JT15Ds. The accident aircraft, a 1978 Citation 501SP registered as N70FJ, was recently modified by Sierra Industries, the former holder of the Eagle II STC.

January 18, 2008 - 5:16am

All three people aboard a Citation Eagle II were killed when the twinjet crashed while on approach in rain and mist to Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Idaho, on the afternoon of March 15. The Eagle II is a Citation 501 with Williams FJ44 engines in place of the original P&WC JT15Ds. The accident aircraft, a 1978 Citation 501SP registered as N70FJ, was recently modified by Sierra Industries, the former holder of the Eagle II STC.

November 27, 2007 - 6:43am

There is general agreement that the FAA’s Notice to Airmen (notam) system is a conduit for often confusing information of marginal value and hopelessly wedded to outdated technology. Funding to fix problems with the notam system, however, recently came through for the FAA’s notam office and changes are already under way.

July 23, 2007 - 9:24am

NavAirWx has added live temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) to its moving-map and real-time weather display systems. The Mt. Kisco, N.Y., company uses satellite broadcast technology to provide “instantaneous access to current TFRs, with updates every 12 minutes.” Along with weather information updated on a five-minute cycle, “pilots now have complete and current conditions for every point along the route of flight,” according to NavAirWx.

May 31, 2007 - 10:18am

The NTSB released preliminary information last month after a Citation II hit terrain during a circling approach to Dillon Airport in southwest Montana, killing both people aboard. According to the report, the ATP-rated owner-pilot was operating the aircraft, which was registered to Hamilton Ranches of Itasca, Ill. The lowest ceiling at the time of the accident was 3,900 feet overcast, and visibility was reported as 10 miles.

April 2, 2007 - 8:28am

A Raytheon Premier I that ran off the runway on landing at North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) on May 27 might have gotten caught in a wind shift from a crosswind to a quartering tailwind moments before touching down. There were no injuries to the pilot or passenger, but the aircraft was substantially damaged, according to the NTSB’s preliminary report. The airplane touched down on 5,004-foot-long Runway 7 at 3:57 p.m.

November 13, 2006 - 5:59am

Responding to recommendations from Canada's Transportation Safety Board after at least two low-visibility landing accidents, Transport Canada will increase the minimum visibility required before beginning an approach from the current 1,200 feet (370 meters) to 1,600 feet (500 meters), effective December 1.

November 9, 2006 - 9:19am

Raytheon 390 Premier I, North Las Vegas, May 27, 2004–A routine weather report advised that the wind was from 160 degrees at 15 knots gusting to 20 four minutes before Premier N5010X landed on Runway 7 at North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) and overran the runway.

October 25, 2006 - 6:14am

Effective December 8, all operators requesting a special traffic management program (STMP) reservation electronically will be required to update their registration information. In addition, a new e-STMP process of obtaining and verifying reservations will go into effect at that time. The FAA has published FDC notam 5/0872, which addresses the IFR STMP for the “ski mountain” airports.

 
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