Dark clouds and a strong breeze failed to prevent yesterday’s unveiling of AgustaWestland’s latest civil helicopter, the eight-ton multi-role AW189. “This reminds me of the North Sea, one of the working environments our new helicopter was designed for,” said AgustaWestland CEO Bruno Spagnolini.
Instrument flight rules
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B100, Benavides, Texas, Oct. 26, 2009–The NTSB has shared the blame for the accident between the pilot’s failure to avoid severe weather and the air traffic controller’s failure to provide adverse-weather avoidance assistance as required by the FAA.
The European Union has begun the rulemaking process that could lead to approval of single-engine commercial air transport operations in instrument
meteorological conditions or at night (SE-IMC/night). However, approval is not expected to take effect until the middle of the next decade.
Brazil’s Cenipa accident investigation bureau has issued its report on the September 2006 midair over the Amazon, along with an NTSB dissent.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Oak Glen, Calif., March 28, 2006–The NTSB said the Caravan stall-spin crash that killed the two pilots was caused by the pilot’s continued flight into IMC and his subsequent failure to maintain adequate airspeed.
In a preview of what the FAA has in store for pilots with the introduction of Free Flight, a new “wireless to the cockpit” aircraft situation display is in development by Flight Explorer, a company that provides flight-tracking services to corporate and airline customers.
MITSUBISHI MU-2B-26A, EDGARTOWN, MASS., OCT. 6, 2000–The NTSB issued the final report and probable cause on the fatal crash of former New Jersey legislator Charles Yates. Yates, his wife, Anya, and their two young children perished when he failed to execute an ILS approach into Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY). The Board cited “the pilot’s failure to follow instrument flight procedures, resulting in a collision with a tree.
According to a study by UK research contractor Qinetiq for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), commercial air transport flights by single-engine aircraft in instrument meteorological conditions or at night (SE-IMC/night) should not be prohibited automatically. That is the good news for proponents of SE-IMC/night operations who have been seeking the clearance for more than 20 years.
Free Flight describes a future air-traffic environment where we will fly unrestricted “trajectories” from departure to destination, based on our choice of route, altitude, speed, ETD and ETA, and with controllers sitting quietly at their screens while they monitor our progress to ensure we don’t get too close to each other.
Swearingen SA-227-AT, Beaver Island, Mich., February 8, 2001–Two people were killed, two seriously injured and two sustained minor injuries when the SA-227 (N318DH) crashed into trees while circling to land during a night, nonprecision instrument approach at Beaver Island Airport (SJX). The airplane was on a Part 135 charter flight operated by Air Taxi & Commuter Northern Illinois Flight Center.