Qantas plans to resume Airbus A380 service this Saturday (November 27) on Flight QF31 from Sydney to Singapore and onward to London. The flight, scheduled to depart Sydney at 5:30 p.m. local time, would mark the end of a 23-day suspension of service with Qantas A380s after an uncontained engine failure forced one of the airline’s six superjumbos to make an emergency landing in Singapore on November 4.
AirVenture 2010 was blessed with few accidents. The replica Sikorsky S-38 amphibian Osa’s Ark suffered a collapsed landing gear on Runway 18/36, but that was quickly fixed and the flying boat was able to taxi on its own legs. On July 27 a Hawker Beechcraft Premier IA piloted by Jack Roush crashed while landing on Runway 18.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Amarillo, Texas, Feb. 4, 2010–The Board identified the pilot’s loss of directional control while landing on an icy runway as the cause of the MU-2’s runway excursion. The Part 135 flight was landing in night visual conditions at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, when the pilot was informed that the runway was covered in snow and ice.
Cessna 208 Caravan, Little Peconic Bay, N.Y., June 17, 2010–The float-equipped Caravan was taxiing in rough water and high winds after landing when it struck rocks, puncturing one of the pontoons and causing the turboprop single to capsize. The three passengers and pilot escaped the aircraft unharmed and made their way to shore.
Dassault has just received U.S. and European certification for the Falcon 900LX large-cabin business jet, a leggier version of the 900EX. Thanks to its blended winglets, developed by Aviation Partners Inc., the Falcon 900LX features a 4,750-nm range. New city pairs for the trijet now include New York to Moscow and Mumbai to London.
The pilot told investigators that after takeoff he experienced a primary trim failure but continued to his destination airport using secondary trim. During final approach in clear daylight conditions, the pilot reported difficulty locating traffic and noticed his airspeed was too high to lower the landing gear. After spotting the preceding aircraft on short final, he “continued working the trim” using toggle switches on the center pedestal.
The pilot’s failure to follow the proper manual landing-gear extension procedure caused the gear-up landing, which resulted in substantial damage to the King Air, according to the NTSB. The ATP-rated pilot told investigators that he attempted
Dassault received EASA and the FAA approval for the autobrake feature on the Falcon 2000EX series, which includes the 2000EX, 2000EX EASy, 2000DX and 2000LX. Designed for short runways, the feature adds greater safety margins by reducing landing distances by as much as 150 feet on normal approaches and 300 feet on steep approaches.
Socata TBM700, Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 26, 2010–After approaching the destination airport near dusk in deteriorating weather, the pilot forgot to lower the landing gear before landing, causing substantial damage to the aircraft’s fuselage skin, stringers and wing attachment fittings.
Dassault is about to receive certification for a “nose-up autobrake” feature to further cut Falcon 2000-series landing distances, chief test pilot Philippe Deleume told AIN last month. The technique will reduce landing distances by approximately 150 feet, thus helping the 2000DX/EX/LX meet London City Airport requirements.