In an effort to reduce accidental runway incursions, Garmin has partnered with wireless technology provider I.D. Systems of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., to offer SaveNav, an on-vehicle GPS-based navigation and alert system aimed at providing airport vehicle operators with real-time situational awareness. The system, which comes loaded with maps of more than 950 U.S.
Beginning next month, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) will be experiencing runway closures for resurfacing. The 9,000-foot main runway (9L) will be closed for approximately two months, leaving 6,930-foot Runway 13/31 as the primary runway. Runway 9R will close for construction beginning next year, while Runway 13/31 will be permanently decommissioned in 2013.
Following approval by the UK Civil Aviation Authority, privately owned London Oxford Airport announced that it has achieved a 21-percent increase in its usable runway distance. Licensed takeoff distances are now 5,223 and 5,112 feet, respectively. The announcement came after the airport initiated an extensive program to remove obstacles and protect the safety surfaces on the runway approaches and sides.
Feedback on my safety management system article in AIN’s March 2011 issue exhibits the mixed feelings that business aviation users continue to have on the subject of SMS. One of the elements of the article that readers didn't like is the photo of the Citation CJ2 that ran off the runway at Atlantic City's Bader Field on May 15, 2005.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Elyria, Ohio, Jan 18, 2010–The turboprop twin was destroyed and its ATP-rated pilot and three passengers were killed when it crashed on approach to Lorain County Regional Airport. The Part 91 flight departed Gainesville Regional Airport in Florida. After a missed approach, ATC cleared the aircraft for landing on Runway 7.
Gulfstream IV, Gander, Canada, Oct. 30, 2010–The twinjet was undamaged and the four-person flight crew and two passengers were uninjured after it departed the wet runway at Gander International Airport. The airplane was making a fuel stop on a Part 135 flight from the Netherlands to Palm Beach International Airport in Florida.
Embraer Phenom 100, La Verne, Calif, Dec. 21, 2010–The Phenom 100 rolled off the end of 4,839-foot-long Runway 26L at Brackett Field Airport following a landing in rain. The aircraft suffered minor damage when it came to rest in mud. The two-person flight crew and three passengers were uninjured. According to an airport spokesman, the pilot said he did not believe he was hydroplaning as the twinjet lost tire adhesion.
Hawker Beechcraft Premier I, Bever, Switzerland, Dec. 19, 2010–The German-registered Premier I was destroyed when it crashed at Samedan Airport, killing the captain and first officer. The aircraft hit the ground north of the threshold of Runway 21 after the pilots elected to go around after a first missed approach during snowfall.
Bombardier Learjet 25B, Portland, Ore., Nov. 17, 2010–The Learjet was substantially damaged when it departed the runway after a wet landing at Portland-Hillsboro Airport. The pilot told the NTSB that he applied the brakes after a normal touchdown, but the airplane did not stop in time. The twinjet shed its nose gear when it came to rest approximately 600 feet past the runway’s departure end in a soft rain-soaked field.
Orlando-based StarPort received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of Honeywell’s Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS) in a Hawker 850XP. The project took three months and 450 man-hours because StarPort engineers and technicians had to install a Honeywell EGPWS before adding the RAAS, according to avionics manager John Coon.