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.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-36, Pittsfield, Mass., March 25, 2004–The NTSB determined the cause of the accident was “the pilot’s loss of aircraft control for undetermined reasons, which resulted in an inadvertent stall/spin and subsequent impact with the ground.”
The companies have deployed new VHF air-ground stations to cover the airspace at Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne airports. The launch represents Arinc’s first GlobaLink VHF coverage on the continent, according to a spokesman. Arinc and AeroThai currently operate more than 40 GlobaLink stations providing communications across the Asia-Pacific region. Each ground station supports several hundred sq mi of airspace.
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.
In his review of the MU-2 accident data, Greg Feith, a former NTSB investigator and aircraft safety consultant, tried to validate or dispel the following perceptions about the MU-2.
JetPass Ultimate is a new jet card program from Cleveland-based Flight Options. The fractional operator said a deposit of $100,000 allows customers to select the specific aircraft needed–light, midsize or large–from the company’s fleet. Fuel surcharges are included. Any balance is “fully refundable” and the program allows trips to Cabo San Lucas, Bermuda, Mexico and most of the Caribbean without ferry fees.
Swearingen SA226TC, Casper, Wyo., Feb. 20, 2006–In night VMC, the commercial pilot of Spendair Flight 1713 lost directional control taking off from Natrona County International Airport and the left propeller hit a runway marker light. The pilot said he had set power at 60 percent rpm and released the brakes. The airplane went straight down the runway for about 800 feet, then veered to the right.
When it comes to the market for business aircraft datalink messaging services, three companies have settled into sharing and competing for most of the available business. Honeywell’s service is provided by its Global Data Center in Redmond, Wash., while Arinc Direct operates from Arinc’s headquarters in Annapolis, Md.
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