When the nation’s news media rounded up the pundits to comment on the possible causes of the August 27 crash of Comair Flight 5191, many could conjure reasonable speculation about why the 50-seat Bombardier CRJ100 jet lined up on Lexington Blue Grass Airport’s 3,500-foot Runway 26 rather than the main, 7,000-foot, Runway 22.
Comair Flight 191
Honeywell hopes the Comair crash prods airline executives to take a closer look at a software upgrade for its enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS) intended to warn crews of runway safety conflicts.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) called the FAA’s imposition of new work rules over the Labor Day weekend “a brazen, arrogant trampling of the collective bargaining system” and a threat to the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System.
Despite the installation of runway collision avoidance equipment at many of the nation’s largest airports, recently there has been an increase in the number and severity of runway incursions at three major airports.
Many of you may remember that there was an accident involving a Challenger 600 in Montrose, Colo., in November 2004. (See story on page 95.) According
Comair and representatives of its some 970 flight attendants returned to the bargaining table last month, days after the Cincinnati-based regional filed for a
reversal of an April bankruptcy court decision that rejected its request to void the group’s labor contract. At issue remained the sides’ failure to agree on a cost-
A U.S. bankruptcy court judge late last month gave Comair permission to void its contract with its flight attendants, but the regional airline plans to continue negotiations with the union. Conditional agreements Comair has reached with its pilots and mechanics hinge on a deal with the flight attendants.
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