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.
A German-registered Hawker Beechcraft Premier I crashed on Sunday during approach to Samedan Airport in Switzerland, killing the 48-year-old captain and the 29-year-old first officer. No one else was aboard, as the twinjet was to pick up passengers at the resort. The aircraft hit the ground north of the threshold of Runway 21 after the pilots had chosen to go around after a first missed approach during snowfall.
Cessna Citation 550, Manteo, N.C., Oct. 1, 2010–After landing at Dare County Regional Airport at the end of a Part 91 flight from Tampa, Fla., the Citation II was substantially damaged when it skidded off the end of Runway 23 and came to rest in Croatan Sound. According to witnesses, the twinjet made a steep approach on landing and touched down with 2,100 feet of runway remaining.
Hawker Beechcraft Premier I, Carthage, N.C., Sept. 27, 2010–The light twinjet sustained minor damage at the conclusion of a flight from Raleigh, N.C., when it slid off the runway after landing at Moore County Airport. The Premier came to rest in sand 200 feet beyond the end of the runway. The sole-occupant pilot was uninjured.
ICAO’s two-week Assembly in Montreal in late September/early October covered much new ground as senior representatives from the world’s nations got to grips with the challenges civil aviation faces as it transitions to a still unfolding advanced-technology environment.
For the third time this year, an Embraer Phenom 100 suffered a dual tire blowout upon landing after a reported failure in the brake-by-wire system. The most recent incident occurred on September 25 in Arizona as the light twinjet landed at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
FltPlan.com said it is developing an online safety management system (SMS) subscription service for smaller business aviation flight departments and operators. An online service was chosen because it ensures easy access by all from any location and helps with document control.
Redhill Aerodrome, a grass strip close to London Gatwick Airport, is seeking permission to build a 3,671-foot concrete runway in a bid to attract very light jets. The privately owned airfield is about 24 miles south of the center of the UK capital. Public consultation on Redhill’s new master plan will end on October 31, after which the airfield’s owners will officially apply for permission to proceed with the development.
According to the DOT and FAA, the number of serious runway incursions at U.S. airports dropped by half from a year ago. In Fiscal Year 2009, there were 12 serious
Aircraft Performance Group (APG), (Booth No. 4163) which provides runway-performance analysis services, has announced release of an iPad app that consolidates several preflight functions.