Dutch investigators have found that a faulty altimeter likely played a role in last week’s crash of a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 on approach to Amsterdam Schipol International Airport, killing nine aboard.
FreeFlight Systems announced that FAA certification was awarded in August for its RA 4000 radar altimeter, a package listed at $8,665 that consists of a remote antenna and dual antennas for more precise altitude information from zero to 2,000 feet agl.
On May 10 at 10:40 p.m. local time, a Eurocopter EC 135T2+ crashed in an area of rapidly rising terrain six minutes after taking off from La Crosse, Wis. Municipal Airport. The three occupants, an instrument- rated pilot and the two-man medical crew, aboard the VFR Part 91 positioning flight were killed. It was the first crash in the 23-year history of the program.
The Air Medical Service Accident Analysis Team (Amsat) developed four categories of recommendations, each representing factors that could be addressed with varying degrees of feasibility and effectiveness. The recommendations that carried ratings of “high effectiveness” and “high feasibility” were:
• enhance training for night flying operations
• enhance training for mountain flying operations
Bell Helicopter has selected a variety of Honeywell avionics for its light-twin Model 429, highlighted by the new solid-state KSG-7200 air-data attitude heading reference system (ADAHRS). Derived from Honeywell air transport and business jet technology, the system features miniaturized electromechanical sensors (MEMS) rather than legacy spinning gyros and accelerometers.
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