The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) recently reported a simple cause for last year’s close call between a Fairchild SA-227 cargo airplane and a Bell 47G helicopter at the non-tower Ballina/Byron Gateway Airport in New South Wales: the volume of the helicopter’s receiver was turned down.
Two Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduate students–Diana Cobas and Georgina Lopez–are studying the impact some new cockpit technologies might have on preventing runway excursions. They invite pilots with experience of both traditional runway excursions, as well as those related to new technology, will take their anonymous survey.
Operators using the New York area Teterboro Airport can expect a number of runway and taxiway construction closures beginning December 16 and continuing through December 20. Work will be ongoing on both Runway 19 and Runway 24, as well as on portions of Taxiways Q, E, G, L and R. Most of the closures will begin at 5:30 a.m.
Two Part 91 business aviation pilots departing New York’s Farmingdale Airport on a recent IFR flight during gusty, rainy conditions became involved in a runway incursion that presented a number of valuable lessons.
The adoption of Honeywell’s SmartPath precision landing system by Middle East airports is expected to gain momentum over the next few years, in response to the “phenomenal growth” of aviation in the area, according to SmartPath senior product manager Pat Reines–although the company is still waiting its first order from the region.
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive for the Embraer Phenom 300. The Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil, Brazil’s civil aviation authority, has issued an emergency AD stating cracks in the stator pressure plate of the brake assembly have been found that could lead to loss of brake parts on the runway, reduced braking capability and possible runway excursion. Corrective action requires an inspection for cracks, with repair or replacement as necessary.
Pittsfield (Mass.) Municipal Airport recently completed a runway extension and safety improvements project. The undertaking brought the runway into compliance with federal safety standards by adding 1,000 feet of overrun. Work also included vegetation and storm water mitigation, culvert installation, roadway relocation, runway extension and safety area paving and lighting installation. Funding for the $22.5 million project included $13.4 million from MassDOT, $6 million in federal funds and more than $3 million from the City of Pittsfield.
A Virgin Australia Embraer E190 departed Perth Airport from the wrong runway intersection on June 21 this year after confusion between the two pilots. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau reported that while running through the preflight checklist, the captain and first officer discussed which runway intersection they might use. The first officer was the pilot flying, with the captain serving as monitoring pilot.
The Jet Runway Café at Fort Lauderdale Executive has been ranked by The Zagat Review as one of the top restaurants in its Miami/South Florida Restaurants Guide.
“Look out for takeoffs and landings,” cautioned the review, “since you’re eating almost right on the runway…of this cool, modern breakfast and lunch spot serving creative American food” that is “easy on the wallet.” In fact, a wide expanse of windows looks across an aircraft parking ramp and does, indeed provide an exceptional view of aircraft taking off and landing.
Honeywell researchers have added to or modified SmartView’s symbology, which is based on the company’s head-up display symbology, to help pilots more quickly and intuitively see where they are on the approach and where the airplane is going.