If all goes well with a new $250,000-per-year research program the FAA is launching next month, pilots flying specially equipped rotorcraft will be able to take advantage of lower IFR approach minimums and new flight corridors to Manhattan heliports within the next few years.
The June 2003 fatal crash of a Bombardier CRJ100 operated by Brit Air (a subsidiary of Air France) near Brest airport in France, was caused mainly by the pilots’ forgetting to select the autopilot approach mode (appr) when they began their approach, according to the final report of the Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA). The pilot was killed and five of the other 23 occupants of F-GRJS were injured in the accident.
The French civil aviation authority, DGAC, has published the first GNSS nonprecision approach procedure for a French airport and is working toward introducing approaches with vertical guidance (APVs) once the necessary augmentation of the GPS signals is available and the relevant ICAO design criteria become effective.
Datalink weather may be nothing new, but many believe it is much improved thanks to subscription-based services from XM Satellite Radio that are taking the aviation world by storm.
Meggitt/S-Tec later this year plans to introduce an all-new digital autopilot for twin turboprops and light jets as part of a top-to-bottom revamping of its autopilot product line. The product, as yet unnamed, will be centered on an embedded flight control system and targeted at OEM and retrofit applications with “all the features of a full business jet automatic flight control system,” including the ability to upgrade to autothrottle
Contrary to FAA-recommended national standards, a housing contractor was successful in changing zoning regulations in Oxford, Conn., and will be allowed to build within Waterbury-Oxford Airport’s 65-decibel noise contour. With its ILS-equipped 5,000- by 100-foot runway and contract-operated control tower, Waterbury-Oxford (OXC) has gained increasing favor as a business aircraft base and is home to a growing number of business jets.
Since the early days of powered flight, aircraft performance has been a mainstay of the pilot-training process. By the time pilots reach the left seat of a turbine-powered airplane they understand how their aircraft perform, or at least they believe they do.
The runway at Somerset-Pulaski County Airport (SME), Ky., has been extended by 400 feet to 6,000 feet and a new localizer approach has been added. The Somerset-Pulaski County Development Foundation secured the $2.4 million in federal funding for the improvements and has also applied for funding to build a commuter air terminal. Operators also hope that a glideslope transmitter will be installed to provide a full ILS.
For more than 10 years, Minneapolis-based Aerosim Technologies (www.flyaerosim.com) has been providing low-cost, high-fidelity software simulation training products.
After taking a close look at all of the glass flight decks available on the market, Piper has selected Avidyne’s FlightMax Entegra integrated cockpit for its single-engine Saratoga HP and TC and the new Piper 6X and XT.