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.
Orlando-based StarPort received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation of Honeywell’s Runway Awareness and Advisory System (RAAS) in a Hawker 850XP. The project took three months and 450 man-hours because StarPort engineers and technicians had to install a Honeywell EGPWS before adding the RAAS, according to avionics manager John Coon.
According to the DOT and FAA, the number of serious runway incursions at U.S. airports dropped by half from a year ago. In Fiscal Year 2009, there were 12 serious
Aircraft Performance Group (APG), (Booth No. 4163) which provides runway-performance analysis services, has announced release of an iPad app that consolidates several preflight functions.
The NTSB has clarified its runway incursion reporting rule when it comes to helicopters.
It has been more than 10 years since an Air France Concorde crashed shortly after takeoff at Paris Charles De Gaulle. Fragments of an exploding tire ruptured one of its fuel tanks, creating a fierce fire that soon brought down the SST. The tire burst after striking a two-inch-wide, 16-inch-long titanium strip that had fallen onto the runway from a preceding aircraft.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Sioux City, Iowa, Jan. 19, 2010–The King Air was substantially damaged when it departed the runway on landing at Sioux Gateway Airport/Col. Bud Day Field (SUX). The early-morning Part 91 flight was operating on an IFR flight plan from Des Moines International Airport, and the pilots had filed Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP), their next destination, as an alternate.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Millington, Tenn., Dec. 9, 2008–Just after takeoff on a Part 91 positioning flight from Millington Regional Jetport (NQA) in rain, the pilot noticed a loss of power from the right engine and feathered the propeller. He then told ATC he was returning to NQA.