Pilots know that the primary job of EGPWS is to keep them from running into the ground, but they might not be aware that it can also warn them if they are about to land on the wrong runway, take off from a taxiway or cross an active runway, among a host of other incursion-preventing functions.
In a program that started more than 10 years ago, the FAA is now in the final stages of its northeast airspace redesign project, which involves “a wholesale restructuring” of the cruising, departure and arrival routes and procedures in more than 31,000 sq mi of airspace encompassing 21 major airports in five states. The purpose of the redesign is to improve air traffic efficiency and reduce delays, particularly at LGA, EWR, JFK and PHL.
NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) have submitted comments to the FAA about the proposed shortening of Santa Monica, Calif.’s single runway using an engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) and by implementing declared distances. The proposal would reduce the current 4,973-foot runway length to a landing distance available of 4,741 feet on Runway 21 and 4,156 feet on Runway 3.
Following the name change of the former Jefferson County Airport in Broomfield, Colo., to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport last October, the tower’s appellation was modified to “Metro Tower.” Pilots were asked to stop using the old “Jeffco Tower” moniker as of March 15.
Encore FBO’s Dublin, Ireland facility made history on March 6 when a company line service technician drove an Encore fuel truck onto the airport’s general aviation ramp and topped off a Citation III. “This is the first time in more than 35 years that someone other than a fuel company has fueled business aircraft in Dublin,” said Dublin Airport Authority operations manager Colman Cochran.
• Runway reconstruction will close Friedman Memorial Airport, Sun Valley, Idaho, from April 24 at 9 a.m. to May 23 at 7 p.m.
Gary Potts, president of AirFlyte, has a long history in aviation and specifically
at the airport his MRO serves. “Barnes Westfield Airport in Westfield, Mass., is an absolutely beautiful airport. My dad and I restored antique aircraft here when I was a kid. I’ve been working here in one capacity or another since 1965,” he told AIN.
Embraer E170, Cleveland, Ohio, Feb. 18, 2007–The Shuttle America Embraer was substantially damaged when it hit a localizer antenna and a fence after overrunning snow-covered Runway 28 when landing at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The 74 people on board, including the captain, first officer and two flight attendants, were not injured.
Socata TBM 700, North Dartmouth, Mass., Feb. 2, 2007–Making an IFR missed approach to New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB) in Massachusetts at night, TBM N944CA crashed in Dartmouth, one mile west of the airport, killing all three people on board.
The FAA revised its controller hiring plan early last month to adjust for greater retirement numbers and revisions to staffing requirements at each of the agency’s 314 staffed facilities. The plan provides a range of authorized controller staffing numbers, giving the agency greater flexibility to match the number of controllers with traffic volume and workload.