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.
The NTSB has released the preliminary report on the crash of a Hawker Beechcraft Premier IA during the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis. (see page 46). According to the NTSB, the Premier, piloted by Jack Roush, was seen on amateur video “in a left base turn to final for Runway 18R.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Amarillo, Texas, Feb. 4, 2010–The Board identified the pilot’s loss of directional control while landing on an icy runway as the cause of the MU-2’s runway excursion. The Part 135 flight was landing in night visual conditions at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, when the pilot was informed that the runway was covered in snow and ice.
Cessna 525 Citation, Leeds, UK, June 7, 2010–A fire in the starboard engine caused the twinjet to abort its takeoff from Leeds-Bradford International Airport. The CJ1+ then overshot the runway and came to rest near the airport’s perimeter fence. The pilot and copilot were rescued by a local fire department. The crew suffered minor injuries, and the airplane was substantially damaged.