Cessna last month announced the availability of special Service Bulletins for operators who want to upgrade their airplanes with Honeywell’s runway awareness and advisory system (RAAS), a roughly $17,000 optional add-on for the enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS). Cessna service centers can perform the RAAS software and hardware updates for operators of Citation Bravos, Encores, Excels and Xs equipped with EGPWS.
Landing overruns substantially damaged two Gulfstream IVs and a Falcon 20 in the period between November 29 and December 5. These accidents did not cause any injuries, but they were serious enough to warrant NTSB investigation and they happened around the same time that 23 people were killed in four separate accidents involving corporate jets and a King Air.
Raytheon Premier I, Deauville, France, Dec. 6, 2006–The Spanish-registered Premier, owned and operated by Gestair Executive Jet, overran the runway on landing at Deauville Saint-Gatien Airport. No injuries or serious damage to the airplane were reported. Rain and a gusty crosswind were reported at the time of the incident.
Gulfstream G1159B, Burbank, Calif., Oct. 13, 2006–Landing at Bob Hope Airport, the GII rolled into the engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) at the end of Runway 8. The captain said that the airplane landed in the first 20 percent of the runway and slowed to taxi speed.
The city of Santa Monica, Calif., is proposing to shorten the airport’s runway to accommodate installation of a 250-foot engineered material arresting system (EMAS) at the west end of Runway 3/21. The proposal would also use “declared distances” to obtain safety areas that are not available without shortening the runway.
As Comair Flight 5191 accelerated down an unlit runway into the predawn darkness at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky., last August 27, the captain–the nonflying pilot–called out “V one, rotate” followed by “whoa” and then an expletive.
The FAA wonders why pilots occasionally land on taxiways, and in new Engineering Brief No. 72 recommended “mitigation measures” to prevent such landings.
Oxford Airport in the UK is being upgraded with a Category I instrument landing system and the widening of its main runway. Construction work to widen the 5,095-foot Runway 01/19 is scheduled to start in April. Runway construction and the ILS installation (with associated approach lights) should be complete by the end of June.
The FAA updated guidance (FAA Notice NJO 7110.456) to controllers for taxi into position and hold (TIPH) procedures, effective February 5. While most of the changes will be unnoticeable to pilots, two of note are: ATC can withhold the landing clearance when another aircraft is holding on the runway; and expect more traffic advisories for TIPH operations on intersecting runways.
While the NTSB investigation into last month’s runway incursion at Denver International Airport continues, the pilot of one of the aircraft involved said blowing snow, which reduced visibility and covered the taxiway, caused disorientation, leading his Key Lime Air Metroliner to taxi onto an active runway. Pilots of a Frontier Airlines A319 that had been cleared to land saw the Metroliner while only 50 to 100 feet above the runway.