The Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, in conjunction with the FAA, is sponsoring a survey designed to evaluate low-visibility operations/surface movement guidance and control system (LVO/SMGCS) symbology used on low-visibility taxi charts. To qualify for the 45-minute online survey, participants should be Cat III-qualified ATP pilots, preferably with five years of experience. Fifty participants will later be randomly chosen for a $50 Amazon gift card.
A Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200GT crashed into a small hotel July 28 while on a daylight approach in poor weather to Francisco Alvares de Assis Airport (SBJF) in southeast Brazil. All eight people aboard the aircraft died in the accident, but nobody on the ground was injured or killed.
Helijet has selected Max-Viz EVS-1500 infrared enhanced vision systems for three Sikorsky S-76s used in EMS operations. “Air Ambulance flight crews are reporting that not only can they see terrain features and man-made structures at night, but they are seeing fog and cloud formations and concentrations of precipitation during the day enabling them to pick safer routes ahead,” said Helijet chief pilot Brendan McCormick. According to Max-Viz (Booth No.
Pilatus PC-12/47, Bridgeport, Conn., June 12, 2009– The fractionally owned single-engine turboprop was substantially damaged when it struck a blast fence on landing at Igor Sikorsky Memorial Airport.
BEECH KING AIR 200, PIQUA, OHIO, AUG. 24, 2001–The King Air crashed, killing the sole-occupant pilot, as the ATP-rated pilot attempted a VFR approach to Piqua Airport in dense fog on his way to pick up a passenger for a scheduled charter flight.
Wilson, Ore.-based FLIR Systems bills its EVS3 as a “compact thermal imager built for
the general aviation industry.” A company representative said the system will sell for “under $15,000,” and added, “It uses a high-resolution infrared detector to create real-time imagery with increased image uniformity and clarity.”
Canada’s CMC Electronics, the former Canadian Marconi, reported it has completed a second set of flight trials of its enhanced vision system, which uses a small infrared camera to capture a real-world view outside and ahead of the airplane and overlay it on a HUD.
Agusta A109A II, Edmonds, Wash., Sept. 29, 2005–The NTSB could not determine the reason for loss of control during the maneuvering flight, which resulted in “an in-flight collision with water.” The helicopter was returning to base at night, over the ocean. It followed the coastline at 800 feet msl, then turned away from the shore at about 9:13 p.m.
Cessna 425 Conquest I, Belgrade, Mont., Nov. 29, 2005–The NTSB blamed the accident on the pilot’s failure to maintain airspeed, which resulted in an inadvertent stall. Factors were dark night conditions, clouds, icing conditions, low visibility and snow. The pilot was killed and the aircraft was destroyed when it crashed 2.8 nm northeast of Gallatin Field Airport (BZN).
Cessna 425 Conquest I, Belgrade, Mont., Nov. 29, 2005–The pilot of the Conquest was killed and the aircraft was destroyed when it crashed 2.8 nm northeast of Gallatin Field Airport. The airplane, registered to Tech II, of Springfield, Ohio, was on an IFR flight plan and had been cleared for the ILS Runway 12 approach.
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