The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the the failure of a Rolls-Royce RB211 engine on a Qantas Boeing 747-400, which occurred during climbout from San Francisco International Airport on Aug. 30, 2010, was caused by a fatigue fracture of a single-stage, low-pressure turbine blade.
San Francisco International Airport
Despite what has been reported as the halting pace of radiation containment at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, business aviation operations in the country are slowly returning to normal, according to industry sources. Statistics from flight tracking provider Flight Aware showed a total of 33 general aviation flights from North America and U.S.
Signature Flight Support's San Francisco FBO celebrated its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 2.
The NTSB is investigating a near-midair between a United Airlines Boeing 777 and a Cessna 182 over San Francisco on March 27. United Flight 889 was taking off from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and climbing per ATC to 3,000 feet. As the aircraft was climbing through 1,100 feet msl, the tower controller reported traffic at the 1 o’clock position, which was followed immediately by a TCAS traffic alert.
The NTSB is investigating a near-midair between a United Airlines Boeing 777 and a Cessna 182 over San Francisco on Saturday. The aircraft missed each other by just 300 feet.
Boeing and its partners in industry and government accomplished significant reductions in fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions during recent tests of “tailored” arrivals, which enabled aircraft to fully use air-to-ground datalink technology to descend into San Francisco International Airport with minimal direct air traffic control intervention.
The major reductions in airline passenger traffic at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) since September 11 may actually benefit business aviation activities at the airport, as well as SkyWest Airlines, the sole regional airline operation remaining at the large West Coast airport.
Air traffic controllers at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) are already hailing the airport movement area safety system (Amass) as an aviation success story after it alerted them to a potentially hazardous situation involving a business jet and a regional airliner on one of SFO’s runways.
While New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) has been hogging all the airline-delay headlines, San Francisco is equally concerned that its international airport (SFO) isn’t up to the challenges of the near future. The SFO runway reconfiguration program points out that its runways were built more than 50 years ago. Today, 23 percent of all U.S. passenger traffic to Asia originates at SFO.
At press time, the FAA’s GPS local-area augmentation system (LAAS) appeared to be hanging in the balance while agency officials were attempting to determine whether there really was a firm industry need for the system.