The UK’s Maestro Aviation has started delivering its aircraft performance and operations procedures software to corporate flight departments, including that of the BAE Systems aerospace and defense group. Developed to run on virtually any computer hardware, including PDAs, the software covers functions such as runway performance and center-of-gravity calculations.
Switzerland’s long ambulatory regional airline business finally appears headed toward recovery, having registered an increase in passenger boardings for the first time in several years during this year’s first semester.
People tend to think of NASA’s Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) project as a far-fetched plan to put an airplane in every garage and turn the skies of America into tomorrow’s commuter byways. The truth is the SATS program will bring GPS-based “highway in the sky” instrument approaches with lower minimums to hundreds of smaller airports, many of them used today by business aircraft.
The APG service allows crews to quickly calculate safe takeoff limits based on aircraft weight and type, actual runway conditions, obstructions and terrain, as well as real-time weather. It covers more than 100 business jet types and incorporates software and performance data from the aircraft manufacturers.
NTSB acting chairman Mark Rosenker said the FAA’s airport movement area safety system (AMASS) is not adequate to prevent serious runway collisions, citing several recent near-collisions at Boston and New York airports where AMASS allegedly did not perform. The Safety Board wants a system to provide immediate warnings of probable collisions directly to flight crews.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey authorized the installation of an engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) at the departure end of Runway 6 at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport (TEB) by the end of next year. The project was originally scheduled for completion in mid-2007.
Beech King Air C90A, Salt Lake City, Dec. 18, 2004–The NTSB said the probable cause was the pilot’s failure to obtain/ maintain a proper climb rate after takeoff and his premature initiation of the turn (low-altitude flight maneuver).
Learjet 35A, Bellville, Mich., Sept. 7, 2005– The right main tire of Learjet N35WR blew on takeoff from Detroit. The jet slid off the runway into the grass, striking three runway lights. There were no injuries and the damage to the aircraft was unknown. The Learjet, on an IFR flight plan, was registered to Wholesale Printing Products of El Paso.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Ferndale, Md., May 14, 2004–Epps Air Service MU-2 N755AF was destroyed when it hit trees and the ground while approaching Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) in VMC. The ATP-rated pilot was killed.
The FAA is extending its runway incursion information evaluation program for another 24 months, through July 20, 2006, to gather further data about the causes of runway incursions and other surface incidents. The program involves in-depth interviews with pilots and mechanics whose actions might play a role in an incursion.