Marion Blakey, administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, used her first visit to Farnborough yesterday to publicly endorse the ADS-B program express package carrier UPS is implementing at its Louisville, Kentucky hub.
An increase in the number and severity of runway incursions at three major airports has promoted an audit by the DOT inspector general (IG). During the period fiscal year 2005 through April, Boston Logan had 18 incidents (one severe), Chicago O’Hare had 12 incidents (three severe) and Philadelphia had 13 incidents (one involving a collision).
Oxford Aviation is planning to move its aircraft refurbishment business from Oxford County Regional Airport, Maine, to nearby Sanford Regional Airport, where it will open a 93,000-sq-ft building next spring. The 4,601-foot runway at Oxford County has limited refurbishments to aircraft the size of a Citation V or Beech King Air.
On May 15 last year a Citation CJ2 (Danish registration OY-JET) landed 1,000 feet down the 2,948-foot-long runway at Bader Field in Atlantic City, N.J., and crashed into the water. There were no serious injuries to the four occupants.
A new FAA policy will require Part 91, 121, 125 and 135 jet pilots never to land where available runway is not at least actual landing distance plus 15 percent. If conditions deteriorate en route, pilots will have to recalculate actual landing distance and the 15-percent safety margin. If the total is more than the available runway length, they will have to land elsewhere.
On Monday the NTSB posted its preliminary report on the June 3 accident involving Dornier 328JET N328PD. The aircraft, operated under Part 91 by East Coast Flight Services, was substantially damaged during a runway overrun, following an aborted takeoff from Runway 34R at Manassas Regional Airport, Va.
The sole Sport-Jet prototype crashed while taking off from Colorado Springs Airport last Thursday. According to the NTSB, the single-engine VLJ was substantially damaged–“both landing-gear assemblies separated, the left wing was crushed and bent aft at midspan and the horizontal stabilizer was crushed.” Pilot James Stewart and mechanic John Welty were “seriously injured,” the Safety Board said.
British pilots are pushing for true headings to replace degrees magnetic when expressing aircraft direction and bearing. The British Airline Pilots Association and the Royal Institute of Navigation are working to persuade authorities to replace the magnetic reference system because they believe true headings are more accurate and are more cost effective operationally.
The FAA is trying to interview the pilot of a non-U.S. registered Gulfstream V involved in a Class A runway incursion at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on September 30. During the incident, a departing SkyWest Airlines CRJ700 stopped within about 100 feet of the Gulfstream, which was on the same runway. The Gulfstream then continued on its planned flight to Long Beach, according to an FAA spokesman.
A proposed new airport in Panama City, Fla., has cleared a final hurdle. In a record of decision signed on September 16, the FAA said the proposed new airport meets all applicable environmental and safety guidelines. The plan for the new airport calls for two runways–one 8,400 feet long and another 5,000 feet long–on 4,000 acres 20 miles northwest of Panama City donated by the St. Joe Company. St.