Aviation Technology Group’s Javelin twinjet prototype completed its maiden flight from Denver Centennial Airport on September 30. At 7:50 a.m. MST, ATG operations v-p and chief test pilot Robert Fuschino lifted off from Runway 17L at Centennial and flew the very light jet prototype for 35 minutes.
Bell/Agusta’s BA609 looks nothing like the finished article in the VMSIL. In place of a fuselage and wings, the tiltrotor’s systems, interfaced with an aircraft flight-simulation host computer, are spread across three separate areas in the lab.
Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), a joint L-3 Communications and Thales company, used last month’s Paris Air Show to introduce technology intended to warn pilots of runway and taxiway incursions.
The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch cited pilot disorientation, combined with limited instrument flying experience, as the most likely cause of the March 1, 2003, crash of Agusta A109E G-PWER at Bour-nemouth, England. The accident took the lives of the ALTP-rated pilot and his passenger.
Piston Air Limos Getting the Jump on Pogo
Terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) designed specifically for helicopters may soon be in hot demand, following the January 25 release of a report by the NTSB calling for the FAA to impose tighter safety guidelines for helicopter emergency medical service flights.
Terrain-avoidance warning systems (TAWS) technology, which has been credited with preventing several potential major accidents, underscores the need for continued flight-operations vigilance, especially during the approach and landing phases, according to safety consultant Capt. Dan Gurney.
Cessna 525 CitationJet, Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 16, 2006–Nashville Approach cleared the Interstate Warehousing CitationJet for a visual approach to Runway 18 at Murfreesboro Municipal and the ATP-rated pilot checked ATIS. Wind was 240 degrees at three knots and the runway was wet. On final he used full flaps and activated the antiskid system. He touched down on the first third of the runway, and halfway down the jet started hydroplaning.
The Falcon 7X flight-test program is progressing on schedule, with four of the trijets logging more than 850 hours during 275 test flights. Certification flights with the EASA have begun and will be completed by year-end, to be followed by final certification and first deliveries early in the new year. As a further mark of progress, Falcon 7X S/N 04 joined the test fleet in late July.
Several Beechjet flameouts have led the NTSB to make recommendations to prevent recurrences. The final recommendation, if adopted, would have wide implications: require the FAA and industry to pursue research to develop an ice detector that would alert pilots to internal engine icing and require that it be installed on new production turbofan engines and retrofitted to existing turbofan engines.
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