The prospect of an ATC facility without human air traffic controllers is progressing well, according to Dr. Dave Byers, a pioneer in the technology that would enable this development.
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Pilots flying into Aspen’s Pitkin County Airport (ASE) should be aware of FAA Notice NOTC4835, which addresses two safety issues at the field. The notice attempts to mitigate ongoing safety incidents at the Colorado airport involving aircraft, vehicles and pedestrians on runways and non-movement area. Outside the skiing season, the movement/non-movement area boundaryline was repositioned closer to Taxiway A4.
Remember the spate of sleeping controllers and the angst it all caused at 800 Independence Avenue and 1200 New Jersey Avenue?
The U.S. contract tower program is designed to provide ATC service at some 250 airports for considerably less cost than at locations where the FAA runs the facilities. But sometimes even a traditional contract tower can cost too much. Melbourne, Fla.-based Quadrex thinks it might have a solution in the wings. Quadrex president, Dr.
The FAA last week issued Safety Alert for Operators 10008 to emphasize the importance of developing procedures for ground operations at night at non-towered airports or towered airports after the tower has closed. Alarmingly, the FAA said there has recently been an increase of incidents involving aircraft operating–taxi, takeoff and landing–at night where crews have failed to activate the airport pilot-controlled lighting system.
HAWKER SIDDELEY HS-125-700, JACKSON HOLE, WYO., DEC. 20, 2000–Two passengers and two pilots walked away from their substantially damaged aircraft after landing 195 ft left of the runway centerline. Night IMC prevailed for the ILS approach to Runway 18 into the Jackson Hole Airport (JAC).
Pilatus PC-12, Big Timber, Mont., June 24, 2006–The PC-12 was destroyed and both occupants killed when N768H crashed after loss of control on takeoff from Big Timber Airport. The ATP-rated pilot was giving instruction to the owner of the airplane, a private pilot. The owner had flown from Big Timber to Billings to pick up the instructor.