The pilot and his passenger escaped with minor injuries after their King Air A90 was severely damaged during a crash landing at Ferguson Airport, Pensacola, Fla., on August 17. The turboprop twin, N45TT, was taking off for a post-maintenance test flight when it turned to return to the airport. VMC prevailed.
Accidents, Safety, Security and Training
News about significant aircraft accidents and information from accident reports; information on safety procedures and concerns; crew, passenger, aircraft and airport security issues; and news about simulators and training procedures.
Callback, the monthly safety bulletin from the people who run NASA’s aviation safety reporting system, was 25 years old in July. In its 300 issues to date, Callback has published hundreds of lessons-learned by pilots, controllers, mechanics and others who have filed more than 600,000 ASRS reports since the program started in 1979. In celebrating a quarter century of publishing, the ASRS team praised the late Capt. Rex Hardy, decorated U.S.
The FAA is extending its runway incursion information evaluation program for another 24 months, through July 20, 2006, to gather further data about the causes of runway incursions and other surface incidents. The program involves in-depth interviews with pilots and mechanics whose actions might play a role in an incursion.
FlightSafety International has added a new program to its simulator training courses. Called Runway Judgment Training, the program explores runway incursion accident prevention and assists flight crews in developing procedures that address the risks. Simulator instructors can create hazardous operating conditions on runways at specific airports.
The UK’s August 20 final report of the fatal crash of a Challenger 604 at Birmingham International Airport, England, on Jan. 4, 2002, concluded that the crew failed to remove frost from the wings and might have been impaired by the combined effects of non-prescription sleep aids, jet lag and fatigue. Both pilots and three passengers were killed after the airplane crashed and burst into flames on the runway.
In part because of two-high profile fatal crashes–one involving eight federal government employees and the other a U.S. senator–the National Transportation Safety Board held two days of hearings in late July on its recommendations that a cockpit image recorder (CIR) be installed in nearly all turbine-powered aircraft.
The FAA and general aviation organizations have stepped up efforts to inform pilots flying in the airspace around the Washington and Baltimore areas about a new laser light system the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) is using to warn unauthorized aircraft they have violated the national capital region air defense identification zone (ADIZ) and/or the smaller flight restricted zone (FRZ) within it.
A Sabreliner owned and operated by Compass Acquisitions and Development in Dallas ran off the runway at Brownwood Regional Airport, Texas, on May 9 following an engine failure at V1. The pilot set the nosegear back on the runway but was unable to stop the aircraft before it went off the end of the runway. The airplane traveled another 1,300 feet before finally stopping, according to the NTSB.
Greer Aviation has opened security screening facilities at its FBOs in Edinburgh and Prestwick, Scotland. Equipped with metal detectors and baggage scanners, the facilities are designed to meet expected securityrequirements for commercial flights, including executive charter and fractional operations, in aircraft with mtow between 6,000 and 22,000 pounds.
Language included in the federal homeland security funding bill encourages the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to continue moving forward on expanding the TSA Access Certificate (TSAAC), a voluntary general aviation security program now being tested by 24 business aviation operators at three New York-area general aviation airports. In December, the TSA endorsed TSAAC and committed to work with the industry to expand the program.