Instrument landing system

May 12, 2008 - 7:36am

A little known FAA policy statement, dated June 1 of this year, stands to dramatically change the helicopter industry as we know it. Helicopter pilots and manufacturers have long known the unique capabilities of rotorcraft, but have always been obligated to follow regulations and policies set forth and to operate in airspace designed for the much more prevalent fixed-wing aircraft.

April 25, 2008 - 5:32am

On March 29, 2001 a series of operational and instrument approach procedural errors led to the crash of N303GA, a Gulfstream III, just 2,400 ft short of the approach end of Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (ASE)’s Runway 15 while attempting to complete the VOR/DME C circling approach. Eighteen people, including three crewmembers lost their lives in the accident.

April 23, 2008 - 12:23pm

One of the things that most infuriates Jim Morton when he’s on his job is when he hears ATC telling nearby traffic, “Caution: FAA practice instrument approaches under way.” Morton is an FAA airspace system inspection pilot, and he and his crew must frequently emphasize to ATC and pilots that “we are not shooting practice approaches.” His mission is flight checking the accuracy of electronic navaids in the U.S. and abroad.

March 19, 2008 - 9:34am

Swiss authorities have implemented plans for a six-degree approach angle at Lugano Agno Airport, effectively banning the airplane most frequently used there–the Saab 2000 turboprop. The rule change came as several parties jockeyed for position to start new regional operations into Lugano with Saab 2000s after Swiss International Airlines announced plans to severely curtail its service there.

February 18, 2008 - 1:40pm

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced it will issue revised standards for helicopter navigation this fall that are intended to take advantage of GPS receiver technology and new types of instrument approach procedures.

February 17, 2008 - 5:40pm

Airservices Australia and Qantas are working with Honeywell at Sydney Airport to supplement the signals broadcast by global navigation satellite systems. Those systems include the global positioning system that will provide the same level of precision approach guidance as a Category I instrument landing system–that is, to a height of 200 feet above the ground as long as visibility on the airport surface is adequate.

February 8, 2008 - 10:56am

Aero Commander 500B, Gaylord, Mich., Nov. 16, 2005–The pilot of the Central Air Southwest Aero Commander was killed when the airplane crashed on a nonprecision approach one mile from Gaylord Regional Airport in night IMC.

February 8, 2008 - 10:56am

Aero Commander 500B, Gaylord, Mich., Nov. 16, 2005–The pilot of the Central Air Southwest Aero Commander was killed when the airplane crashed on a nonprecision approach one mile from Gaylord Regional Airport in night IMC.

January 9, 2008 - 5:26am

Rockwell Collins has gained the first-ever TSO approval for a multi-mode receiver with microwave landing system (MLS) capability. Besides MLS, the receiver integrates VOR, ILS, marker beacon and GPS. Cat III MLS approaches are in use at a handful of European airports, most notably London Heathrow. The precision navigation concept has also been adopted by the military for set-up of “portable” precision approaches anywhere in the world.

January 7, 2008 - 10:09am

Old timers may remember ATC requests to report the “middle marker inbound.” But it’s been such a long time since they have been an integral part of an ILS (in 1992 landing penalties were removed for inoperative middle markers) that the FAA has proposed to officially drop the middle marker as a required component of the approach.

 
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