Nearly two months after the worst aviation accident in Brazil’s history, the midair between a Boeing 737-800 operated by Brazilian airline Gol and a Legacy operated by Long Island, N.Y.-based ExcelAire, a series of questions still remains about the cause of the accident. Furthermore, as we go to press, the two U.S. pilots of the Legacy are still being detained in Brazil.
AirData, the flight planning specialist, is preparing to launch its new SwiftOps.com online flight planning and crew briefing system this fall. The new software is intended to automate as much of the flight planning process as possible, reducing crew workload during busy operations without compromising the operational control of crews.
Visitors to Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 1020) can learn of the company’s recently launched In-flight Alerts system designed to keep flight crews apprised of weather hazards or other changing conditions that could affect planned and active flight routes. By means of significant system enhancements, Universal now provides automated alerts of new weather or flight-impacting notifications to one of its 60 staff meteorologists.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Parker, Colo., Aug. 4, 2005–Making an instrument approach to Centennial Airport, near Denver, MU-2 N454MA crashed in night instrument conditions. The instrument-rated commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was killed and the airplane, registered to and operated by Flight Line of Watkins, Colo., was destroyed. The cargo flight was on an instrument flight plan from Salt Lake City.
“We are a people-oriented company,” proclaimed Tim Maystrik, vice president of Air Routing International (Booth No. 2236) during his speech Monday at NBAA’06. “There is no doubt that technology is important, but more of our clients want to see a body on site.”
What if you had an electronic flight bag (EFB) that doubles as a backup multifunction display with airspeed, altimeter, attitude and heading indicators in case your glass-panel cockpit goes completely dark on a stormy night?
A sage old pilot once neatly captured the purpose of business aviation: “People buy airplanes because they want to go places…fast.”
Air Routing International (ARI) of Houston has introduced a new service for U.S. clients called the Domestic Flight Watch (DFW) program, designed to minimize ATC delays and reroutings by optimizing coordination between the FAA and NBAA’s General Aviation Desk at the FAA Air Traffic Control System Command Center in Virginia.
Effective January 5, when filing an FAA flight plan (with the exception of filing through DUATS and flight service stations), RVSM-compliant operators are expected to file “/Q” (RVSM with a FMS or GPS) or “/W” (RVSM without FMS and GPS), as appropriate, for flight in RVSM airspace (between FL290 and FL410 inclusive).
Latin America adopted reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) on January 20, along with the rest of the Americas, and the transition to date in Brazil has been relatively smooth, according to national officials.
“There were no major problems on January 20,” said Saulo Jose da Silva of Brazil’s Department of Air Traffic Control.