Products made by Zodiac Aerospace (Booth No. 3452) touch almost every aspect of aviation, from cabin interiors to emergency systems and fuel and electrical power management systems. And while pilots hope that they don’t have to take advantage of emergency systems, one Zodiac division–the Engineered Arresting Systems Corp. (Esco)–makes a product that has resulted in some remarkable saves that undoubtedly make flight crews extremely grateful.
According to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, 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 runway incursions; in FY 2010, which ended September 30, only six were logged, three of which involved airliners. This is the second consecutive year that the number of serious incursions has fallen by half, the FAA said.
The NTSB has clarified its runway incursion reporting rule when it comes to helicopters.
The NTSB is investigating a September 10 incident in which an Embraer Phenom 100 suffered minor damage upon landing in Brenham, Texas. The light twinjet experienced a runway excursion at Brenham Municipal Airport after its brakes failed and both main gear tires blew. According to the pilot’s statement, the crew received a brake fail warning soon after takeoff from Tucson International Airport, but continued to their destination.
The NTSB is investigating a September 10 incident in which an Embraer Phenom 100 suffered minor damage upon landing in Brenham, Texas. The light twinjet, owned by South Carolina-based Vader, experienced a runway excursion at Brenham Municipal Airport after its brakes failed and both main gear tires blew.
At last week’s meeting of the Teterboro Users Group, violations of the Dalton Runway 19 departure at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport were a concern. A recent clarification among air traffic controllers has established that pilots can use the VFR departure only if they request it; ATC cannot offer it.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Sioux City, Iowa, Jan. 19, 2010–The King Air was substantially damaged when it departed the runway on landing at Sioux Gateway Airport/Col. Bud Day Field (SUX). The early-morning Part 91 flight was operating on an IFR flight plan from Des Moines International Airport, and the pilots had filed Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), their next destination, as an alternate.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Millington, Tenn., Dec. 9, 2008–Just after takeoff on a Part 91 positioning flight from Millington Regional Jetport (NQA) in rain, the pilot noticed a loss of power from the right engine and feathered the propeller. He then told ATC he was returning to NQA.
Cessna Citation 525A, Storm Lake, Iowa, June 21, 2010–The Citation CJ2 was landing at Storm Lake Municipal Airport at the conclusion of a Part 91 flight from Oklahoma City, when it departed the runway, collapsing the nosegear and causing structural wing damage. VMC prevailed at the time of the accident, but standing water from area thunderstorms was reported on the runway. The ATP-rated pilot and four passengers were uninjured.
Cessna Citation 550, Brac, Croatia, July 15, 2010–The Serbian-registered Citation Bravo, operated by Prince Aviation, was substantially damaged when it overran the runway at Brac Airport after landing on a flight from Albania. The twinjet broke through the airport's perimeter fence and caught fire after it came to rest in a ditch. The two pilots, flight attendant and two passengers escaped unharmed.