Thirty years after the worst runway collision in aviation history, an NTSB forum on runway incursions spotlighted some promising technology but offered no “silver bullet” solution to preventing ground accidents. “Luck should not be part of the safety equation,” noted NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker. Last week, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said the agency is fast-tracking airport moving-map displays for electronic flight bags.
The pilot of the Greek government Falcon 900 that suffered an in-flight fatal upset (AIN, July 2002, page 59) is appealing his guilty conviction before the Athens Appeals Court. Pilot Yiannos Androulakis was sentenced by a lower court to a five-year prison sentence on the grounds that he was responsible for the sudden oscillations in the Sept. 14, 1999 accident, which killed seven passengers and injured two.
The runway at Midway Island remains open for emergency landings, thanks to $3.2 million from the DOT. The money will be used to upgrade navigational aids and maintain the runway until at least September 30, the end of the current fiscal year. The airfield was on the verge of closing January 6 when a Continental Airlines 777 with nearly 300 people aboard made an emergency landing at the former U.S.
Pacific Aerospace Corp. of Hamilton, New Zealand received FAA type certification of its $1 million PAC 750XL, a 750-shp fixed-gear turboprop single its manufacturer says is capable of carrying a 4,500-pound payload. Meanwhile, the investigation continues into the fatal ditching of a 750XL last December after it ran out of fuel on a delivery flight to the U.S.
The wreckage of Mitsubishi MU-2 N966MA was found submerged in about 20 feet of water five days after it crashed March 11 into the Napa River, under unknown circumstances while on approach to Napa County Airport, Calif. The owner/pilot–believed to be a cancer physician–and his wife were killed. VMC prevailed for the night cross-country flight from Imperial County Airport, Calif.
Last month, Boeing-owned Alteon Training (formerly FlightSafety Boeing) announced the opening of its new $75 million training facility at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The six-acre center includes two full-motion, FAA level-D simulators for Boeing’s 717-200 and one for its 737-700/800–the latter compatible with the Boeing Business Jet.
The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) recently published Safety Alert 2007-01 to caution pilots about certain aspects of operating in Brazilian airspace. The midair between a 737 and an Embraer Legacy last September over Brazil has highlighted several issues associated with operations in that airspace that might have “significant implications” on safety.
A workshop to provide guidance on what to do in the event of a serious aircraft accident or incident is scheduled in Atlanta on April 20 and 21. The program will be presented by NBAA and The VanAllen Group, an Atlanta-based business aviation consulting firm.
Air East filed an appeal with the NTSB over the emergency revocation of its Part 135 certificate on March 8, grounding the Farmingdale, N.Y. charter operator. The action followed a 34-day FAA investigation of the company prompted by a fatal crash last August 4 of one of its Learjets in Groton, Conn.
April 16 is the comment deadline for two FAA proposals. The agency wants to amend digital flight data recorder (DFDR) regulations of Parts 121 and 135 to prohibit “filtering” of signals. During several accident investigations, the NTSB found that some DFDRs were filtering signals before they were recorded.