Runway

September 8, 2014 - 1:58pm

Two Chicago-area business aviation airports recently began major construction projects that will limit their availability.

Chicago Executive Airport (PWK) began weekend closures of Runway 16/34 on September 5, the first of five such closures running from Friday at 10 p.m. until Monday at 6 a.m. The closures, imposed to allow installation of an engineered material arresting system, will switch to nightly beginning the first weekend in October. The PWK Runway 16 ILS will be out of service until at least October 22, although an Rnav GPS Runway 16 procedure is available.

August 5, 2014 - 3:10am

Preliminary Report: Four Die in Kenyan Freighter Crash

Fokker 50, Nairobi, Kenya, July 2, 2014–A Fokker 50 freighter headed to Mogadishu, Somalia, crashed shortly after takeoff at 4 a.m. from Runway 06 at Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta Airport. All four crewmembers on board were killed in the accident and the aircraft was destroyed when it came down in a residential area a mile northeast of the airport.

Preliminary Report: Learjet and Typhoon Collide in Mid Air

August 4, 2014 - 4:30pm

South Carolina’s Horry County Department of Airports (HCDA) today begins rehabilitation of Runway 18/36 at Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR). The department offered guidance for airport users last week on what to expect during the work, which is scheduled to continue through next spring. The airport operator said the goal is to keep the airport’s single runway operational as much as possible during peak operating hours, while it realizes delays and diversions will become necessary when the runway does become unusable.

July 28, 2014 - 5:25pm

Al Gorthy’s recent NBAA webinar Runway Excursions, the Biz Av Perspective began with a recap of a few recent overrun accidents for perspective, namely those involving a Cessna Citation at Santa Monica, a Bombardier Challenger at Aspen and the Gulfstream GIV at Bedford, Massachusetts. According to Gorthy, who is the FAA’s assistant regional runway safety program manager, “75 percent of all business jet excursions happen on a dry runway more than 5,000 feet long.” Between 1995 and 2010, there were 660 runway excursions in the U.S., or about 44 each year.

July 14, 2014 - 1:49pm

The NTSB says the probable cause of a Beechjet 400 overrun accident in September 2012 at Macon, Ga., was the pilot’s failure to maintain proper airspeed on final approach. Two of the three people on board received minor injuries. The aircraft touched down on a wet runway “at a speed 15 to 19 knots above the calculated Vref speed (based on radar data) of 108 knots with inadequate runway remaining to stop,” the final report said.

July 5, 2014 - 4:25am

In an effort to make its airport more attractive to business jet users, authorities at the Avoyelles Parish Airport Authority in central Louisiana have approved a five-year improvement plan for Marksville Municipal Airport, the cornerstone of which is a $2 million extension to the runway. Currently at 3,800 feet, the runway at the propeller-only airport is unusable by all but the smallest private jets, even if jet fuel were available; the proposed 1,200-foot addition would provide midsize jets a comfortable length for takeoffs and landings.

June 26, 2014 - 3:11pm

The FAA is investigating an incident last week in which a chartered Learjet 60 left the runway while landing at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Idaho. After rolling for approximately 1,000 feet along the milled asphalt shoulder and packed dirt next to the 7,500-foot runway, the jet regained the runway and came to a stop, destroying two runway lights in the process. There was minor damage to the aircraft, which was able to taxi under its own power; no injuries to passengers or crew were reported.

June 24, 2014 - 2:18pm

A modernization program costing at least $100 million is set to kick off at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tenn. Officials promise no disruption to flights during the estimated six-year-long project, which will see complete rehabilitation of both runways, as well as modifications to the configuration of taxiways. The improvements will affect about 90 percent of the airport’s 90 acres of pavement. An LED taxiway edge lighting system will also be installed, along with a new ILS system.

June 19, 2014 - 11:13am

It is way too soon to speculate about what might have caused the Gulfstream IV runway excursion crash at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass. on May 31, but the NTSB preliminary report’s focus on the gust lock system raises some questions.

June 9, 2014 - 12:45pm

The European Operators Flight Data Monitoring Working Group B–part of the European commercial aviation safety team (ECast)–last week released its study into the precursors of runway excursions. The objectives of the working study were to create best practices for addressing runway excursion problems, as well as to provide guidelines for implementing flight data monitoring (FDM) software tools to identify relevant data.

 
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