The NTSB sent the FAA three new safety recommendations in the wake of the Dec.
The National Transportation Safety Board ruled that the probable cause of a Hawker Beechcraft Premier 1A accident on June 27, 2010, during AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH), Oshkosh, Wis.
Due to an increasing number of runway incursions two decades ago, such as the February 1991 nighttime collision between a USAir Boeing 737 and a Skywest Metroliner at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the FAA severely restricted the number of airport control towers authorized to allow a departing aircraft to sit on the runway for any length of time.
A spokesperson for the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) told AIN that the pilot of a Learjet 60 that slid off the side of Runway 15 during landing June 7 reported experiencing windhshear during the flare, resulting in the left wingtip striking the runway. Aspen winds at the time were reported as 220 deg at 10 knots, gusting to 18 knots, under clear skies.
The seasonal control tower at East Hampton Airport (HTO), East Hampton, N.Y., is scheduled to open on Tuesday, June 26. The tower frequency (125.22) will be actively staffed with contract controllers from Robinson Aviation between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.
A new procedure at Orlando (Fla.) Executive Airport–the host airfield for the static display at the NBAA Convention in October–will allow more efficient operations year-round by enabling controllers to position aircraft on the runway before takeoff clearance. Effective July 1, controllers at the central Florida airport will be able to issue “line up and wait” instructions to departing traffic.
Eight percent of 230 respondents to a recent AINonline survey admitted they would descend below instrument landing minimums without having visual contact with the runway in a non-emergency situation.
Marshall Group, owner of the UK’s Cambridge Airport, will kick off a more than $30 million infrastructure investment program next month, including the construction of a new taxiway to provide a key access route to the south end of the runway. In addition, the airport will undertake a rehabilitation of the 6,447-foot runway itself. The airport is one of just five in the UK capable of business and passenger services with a 24/7 slot allocation during the 2012 Olympics period.