When a Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ 145 skidded off the runway in Ottawa on September 4 in wet weather, resulting in no injuries, the relatively minor accident at first generated the modest press coverage it deserved. But something seemed familiar about this runway excursion.
Flight trials to demonstrate new procedures intended to improve fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of international flights crossing the North Atlantic have begun.
Preliminary Report: Learjet Strikes Wing on Landing
Saab will strengthen its air-traffic-management (ATM) business, adding to its portfolio a ground surveillance system deployed at major U.S. airports, with the planned acquisition of Sensis Corp., of Syracuse, N.Y. The Swedish defense and security group is to acquire Sensis for $155 million, with another $40 million based on winning future contracts and meeting profitability goals.
Sheltair recently completed the expansion of its FBO ramp at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. The addition increases the available parking area by 100,000 sq ft, bringing the total to 230,000 sq ft. The ramp expansion is part of a new terminal development project that includes a 5,000-sq-ft executive facility, a 9,100-sq-ft hangar and nearly 1,700 sq ft of additional office space.
Preliminary Report: Global Suffers Wing Strike on Landing
In an effort to reduce accidental runway incursions, Garmin has partnered with wireless technology provider I.D. Systems of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., to offer SaveNav, an on-vehicle GPS-based navigation and alert system aimed at providing airport vehicle operators with real-time situational awareness. The system, which comes loaded with maps of more than 950 U.S.
Beginning next month, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) will be experiencing runway closures for resurfacing. The 9,000-foot main runway (9L) will be closed for approximately two months, leaving 6,930-foot Runway 13/31 as the primary runway. Runway 9R will close for construction beginning next year, while Runway 13/31 will be permanently decommissioned in 2013.
Following approval by the UK Civil Aviation Authority, privately owned London Oxford Airport announced that it has achieved a 21-percent increase in its usable runway distance. Licensed takeoff distances are now 5,223 and 5,112 feet, respectively. The announcement came after the airport initiated an extensive program to remove obstacles and protect the safety surfaces on the runway approaches and sides.
Feedback on my safety management system article in AIN’s March 2011 issue exhibits the mixed feelings that business aviation users continue to have on the subject of SMS. One of the elements of the article that readers didn't like is the photo of the Citation CJ2 that ran off the runway at Atlantic City's Bader Field on May 15, 2005.