The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch has begun its work to discover the causes of an accident in which an AgustaWestland AW109 Power helicopter crashed in central London on January 16, killing its pilot and the driver of a car. But British Prime Minister David Cameron has already ordered a wider review of the regulation of helicopter flights over the UK capital in the wake of the incident, in which the aircraft crashed just before 8 a.m.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a review of the regulation of helicopter flights over central London in the wake of an accident yesterday in which an AgustaWestland AW109 Power crashed into a newly erected crane on a high-rise building in the UK capital’s Vauxhall district. The accident claimed the life of pilot Pete Barnes, the sole occupant of the helicopter, which was being operated by UK-based charter firm RotorMotion.
A helicopter that crashed in central London on Wednesday after colliding with a crane installed on a tall building had asked to divert to the UK capital’s London Heliport at Battersea, according to air traffic controllers.
Pilots who operate ADS-B-equipped aircraft in any of seven U.S. terminal airspace regions can now take advantage of free air traffic advisories and weather information. The areas include Fairbanks (FAI) in Alaska; Lansing (LAN) in Michigan; Moses Lake (MWH), Pasco (PSC) and Yakima (YKM) in Washington state; as well as Waterloo (ALO) in Iowa; and Youngstown (YNG) in Ohio.
GE Aviation has received the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) seal of approval as a qualified instrument flight procedure (IFP) design organization. The endorsement will assist countries in identifying IFP companies as they move forward with performance-based navigation (PBN). GE is one of five companies to receive the endorsement.
Zurich-based ExecuJet Aviation Group is extending its partnership with Bilen Air Service to include aircraft handling at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokchen Airport, thus providing 24/7 general aviation flight support capability to the city, which serves as a link between Europe and the Middle East, following the recent introduction of flight restrictions at Istanbul Atatürk Airport.
Arinc Direct is stepping up the development of its iPad flight-planning application in support of business aircraft operators eager to eliminate paper in the cockpit. One recent enhancement that has eased approval for the app as an alternative to more costly electronic flight bags has been allowing synchronization of data between two or more iPads in the cockpit using a Bluetooth connection. Coming soon is a feature that will allow pilots to rework flight plans in the cockpit on their iPads, for instance by making last-minute changes to weight-and-balance calculations.
A long-awaited feature on the Aircraft Performance Group iPreFlight iPad app–in-flight analysis–is now available on the Apple App Store. Previous versions of the APG app need to be connected to the Internet to perform runway analysis calculations. The advantage of performing a landing-distance assessment while airborne is that conditions at the destination sometimes change, and pilots need to calculate if the destination runway still meets legal and safety parameters.
NBAA has set up a web page dedicated to airspace and airport restrictions for the upcoming Democratic and Republican National Conventions in Charlotte, N.C.(September 3 to 6), and Tampa, Fla. (August 26 to 30), respectively.
Essential Flight Technology and NavWorx have joined to make the Pads WxBox, a portable ADS-B receiver designed to deliver free weather information to mobile devices. Pads WxBox will work with iOS (Apple), Android and Windows mobile devices wirelessly via Bluetooth or with a USB cable. The device will provide Flight Information Service-Broadcast (FIS-B) over the 978 MHz UAT datalink via the growing network of ADS-B ground stations in the U.S.