In 1927, Oklahoma oilman Frank Phillips became enamored of aviation and put his money and his energy where his heart was. Now, 75 years later, Phillips 66 remains committed to aviation fuels and oils and is one of the most popular among refiners and distributors. Mark Wagner, Phillips 66 aviation manager, said, “We’ve been there through good times and bad, and we’ll continue to support our customers.”
In a dissenting opinion, NTSB member John Goglia said a Safety Board recommendation asking for an AD to prohibit using the APU during ground de-icing operations on Fokker F100s “misses the mark.” The Safety Board said the recommendation is aimed at preventing APU engine turbine wheel bursts that might result from the ingestion of de-icing fluid.
The NTSB has confirmed talk that the Board is “about to release” a report modifying some of its findings in the October 1994 crash of an American Eagle ATR 72 near Roselawn, Ind.
Although the official raison d’etre for the Friends/Partners in Aviation Weather is to coordinate the needs of users and the ability of the National Weather Service (NWS) and the FAA to serve those needs, it could be likened to a nagging spouse.
RAYTHEON KING AIR C90, MUNSON, FLA., JUNE 25, 1999–According to the NTSB, poor judgment killed a pilot and his passenger when their aircraft came apart in flight during a midmorning journey up the west coast of Florida.
The FAA today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to remove wording in Parts 91, 125 and 135 allowing pilots to take off with frost on wings, stabilizers and flight controls “if the frost has been polished to make it smooth.” The polished frost rules are found in 14 CFR 91.527(a), 125.221(a) and 135.227(a).
With ever larger numbers of ultra-long-range business jets taking to the skies, individual complaints about dry air in the cabin have grown to a chorus of demands for humidifiers. But while manufacturers would like to oblige, most have yet to come up with a system that is both airplane and people friendly.
BEECH KING AIR 200, PIQUA, OHIO, AUG. 24, 2001–The King Air crashed, killing the sole-occupant pilot, as the ATP-rated pilot attempted a VFR approach to Piqua Airport in dense fog on his way to pick up a passenger for a scheduled charter flight.
OK, so we all know that no one ever does anything more than talk about the weather. But the folks at the National Weather Service’s aviation branch are doing their best to make sure that when they do talk about the aviation climate, at least the dialogue is as accurate as possible.
As the crow flies, the distance between Baltimore and Newark is only about 160 mi. But during the height of thunderstorm season, when lines of towering cumulus march eastward–often erupting into wide, impenetrable walls of rain, turbulence and lightning–the distance can easily double, while travel times can triple.