Aiming to improve turbulence detection
Cessna Aircraft has joined forces with the FAA and the Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association (RACCA) for a Cessna Caravan “educational and awareness campaign,” according to a spokesman for the OEM. The new coalition “will pool resources to enhance existing operational procedures in harsh environments, including operation in icing conditions,” proclaimed RACCA president Stan Bernstein, whose members fly the overwhelming majority of Caravans.
The next flight you take could be much smoother, thanks to a new airborne weather radar design from U.S. avionics maker Rockwell Collins.
The Multi Hazard Detection weather radar includes a number of advanced features that the manufacturer said are intended to warn flight crews of potential areas of turbulence and provide extra information about developing storms.
The NTSB yesterday asked the FAA to attend immediately to what it deemed deficiencies in the cold-weather procedures of Saab 340 pilots and the airplanes’ performance in icing conditions. The recommendations came after a review of several icing episodes in Australia and the January 2 incident in which icing forced an American Eagle Saab 340BPlus into an uncontrolled descent for 5,000 feet over Southern California.
After all Archie Trammell has done for aviation, he’s still surprised by the recognition and gratitude bestowed on him.
Cessna 425 Conquest I, Belgrade, Mont., Nov. 29, 2005–The NTSB blamed the accident on the pilot’s failure to maintain airspeed, which resulted in an inadvertent stall. Factors were dark night conditions, clouds, icing conditions, low visibility and snow. The pilot was killed and the aircraft was destroyed when it crashed 2.8 nm northeast of Gallatin Field Airport (BZN).
Raytheon 390 Premier I, North Las Vegas, May 27, 2004–A routine weather report advised that the wind was from 160 degrees at 15 knots gusting to 20 four minutes before Premier N5010X landed on Runway 7 at North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) and overran the runway.
“We are a people-oriented company,” proclaimed Tim Maystrik, vice president of Air Routing International (Booth No. 2236) during his speech Monday at NBAA’06. “There is no doubt that technology is important, but more of our clients want to see a body on site.”
Despite a rash of accidents in June involving U.S.-registered turbine business airplanes, there were fewer fatalities in the first six months of this year than in the same period last year, according to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. However, the number of fatal accidents involving U.S.-owned business jets increased while those involving business turboprops remained unchanged.
The FAA issued a new Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO 06014) that seeks to clarify the conditions under which pilots can take off with frost adhering to airframes. At the same time, the SAFO might complicate the pre-takeoff decision-making process because it reminds pilots that takeoff with frost adhering to lifting surfaces and flight controls is legal.