Bell 206L-3 LongRanger, Gulf of Mexico, Aug. 13, 2003–The NTSB determined that the cause of the accident was the pilot’s inadequate compensation for crosswind conditions and failure to obtain and maintain directional control. The crosswind was a contributing factor, as was the pilot’s attempt to position the helicopter near the refueling station in a crosswind to perform a hot refueling.
Landmark Aviation received FAA approval for a mod to increase rudder control authority of Falcon 50s equipped with Rockwell Collins APS-85 autopilots or Pro Line 21 avionics.
Smartsoft recently released Flight WTK 2.1, a new version of weight-and-balance software for cellphones that support Java scripts. The software performs both helicopter and airplane weight-and-balance calculations, and users can either download data for their aircraft model or manually input aircraft data. In addition, the $59.95 Smartsoft software can calculate runway crosswind and headwind components.
Cessna 208 Caravan, Brevig Mission, Alaska, Dec. 19, 2005–Turning to back-taxi after landing on the snow-covered gravel Runway 4 at Brevig Mission, the Caravan’s pilot failed to compensate for the crosswind, which caused the left wing to hit the ground, said the NTSB.
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