Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Millington, Tenn., Dec. 9, 2008–Just after takeoff on a Part 91 positioning flight from Millington Regional Jetport (NQA) in rain, the pilot noticed a loss of power from the right engine and feathered the propeller. He then told ATC he was returning to NQA.
Gulfstream II, Seattle, Wa., April 8, 2010–The twinjet sustained structural damage to its left wing when it collided with a fuel truck while taxiing to the runway for a
Part 91 flight at Boeing Field/King County International Airport. VMC prevailed at
Norwood (Mass.) Memorial Airport is closed to all fixed-wing traffic until further notice due to runway and taxiway flooding. Heavy rain this past weekend caused the Neponset River to send floodwater onto the adjacent airport property, flooding both runways–10/28 and 17/35–and several taxiways.
Embraer E170, Washington, D.C., Feb. 17, 2008–Inadequate ground separation by the pilot of a Republic Airlines E170 was the probable cause of a taxiing collision between it and an US Airways Airbus 319. The Embraer, destined for Rochester, N.Y., was moving in the run-up area of taxiway J at Reagan National Airport when it struck a stationary A319 that was awaiting ATC clearance.
Honeywell is offering a new product called “long landing”–an EGPWS software solution, in addition to its new SmartLanding. “Long landings” can result from both stable and unstabilized approaches, according to Michael Grove, Honeywell marketing director for safety and information management surveillance systems.
The FAA has awarded Jeppesen the industry’s first letter of acceptance for airport moving-map data under standards outlined in Advisory Circular AC 20-153. The award is intended to validate the quality standards and data capture, maintenance and distribution processes used by electronic surface map providers. Jeppesen’s airport map data is used in a variety of panel-mount and electronic flight bag avionics applications.
Travelers flying to Midland International Airport in Texas can now earn Avtrip points at Avion Flight Centre, which has joined the Avfuel network. Avion offers a 22-acre ramp, courtesy cars, hangar space and a 6,000-sq-ft FBO terminal with pilot snooze rooms, showers and customer offices and conference rooms. U.S. Customs officers are on-site for speedy clearance.
Cessna 550 Citation Bravo, Reading, Pa., Aug. 3, 2008–Two-thirds of the Bravo’s wing sheared off when the airplane hit a tractor while landing at Reading Regional Airport/Carl A. Spatz Field. The tower cleared the jet to land on Runway 31 at 3:15, and at 3:17, ground control cleared the tractor, which was mowing, to cross Runway 31 at Taxiway D.
Business Jet Center (BJC) at Dallas Love Field (DAL) has doubled its ramp space and built a new taxiway to accommodate the growth it has experienced since completing a $15 million rebuilding program three years ago. The leasehold now covers a total of 24 acres on the crowded business aviation hub airport.
Following successful tests at Dallas/Fort Worth and San Diego International Airports, acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell announced that runway status lights will be installed at 20 more major airports over the next three years. The in-pavement stoplights are automated, surveillance-driven lights that alert pilots of aircraft departing or crossing a runway that it is already occupied and active.