Meteorology

August 6, 2008 - 5:22am

Buyers looking for 100 to 200 hours of lift per year might be interested in a program called OwnershipPlus from Contrail Aviation of Baltimore. Contrail is guaranteeing a specific number of charter hours on a whole aircraft bought from the company and put into the program. “In most cases, the program is cash-flow positive for the owner,” according to Contrail.

July 30, 2008 - 7:28am

Cessna 650 Citation III, Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 27, 2007–The NTSB blamed this accident on the first officer’s failure to maintain airspeed during approach, and the captain’s inadequate correction. The first officer’s failure to comply with procedures, wind shear and the lack of wind shear warning from ATC contributed to the nonfatal accident.

July 29, 2008 - 11:19am

WSI has put the finishing touches on a new interactive map section for its Pilotbrief Online weather service that offers an array of content features and filters that users could very well start to find addicting after only a few visits to the site.

July 14, 2008 - 10:03am

A BAE Systems Regional Aircraft regional jet is flying over Asia to improve understanding of how equatorial rain forests influence climate change. The BAe 146 atmospheric research aircraft (146ARA) is being used at Kota Kinabalu in a four-week operation supporting academic research into the way emissions from vegetation effect concentrations of ozone and methane.

July 13, 2008 - 8:43am

Dr. John Green, who chairs the science and technology sub-group of industry environment group Greener by Design, would like to outlaw the sale of aircraft that are capable of ranges greater than 3,000 nm.

His reason is a compelling one. As he told last week’s NACRE conference in London, flying 8,000 nm in three hops instead of one uses just half the fuel. “So why aren’t people doing it,” he wondered.

July 7, 2008 - 11:34am

Aircraft and engine manufacturers participating in the Aviation and Environment Summit held in Geneva this spring pledged to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. The 200-plus signatories of the protocol aim to preempt emission control regulation planned by governments and supranational organizations, which could encumber aircraft operators in the near future.

June 30, 2008 - 11:28am

MxVision AviationSentry, a PC-based weather system designed exclusively for the aviation industry, now provides pilots and FBOs with storm tracking and lightning detection, according to Meteorlogix (Booth No. 2379).

June 9, 2008 - 6:22am

The FAA last month issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FAA-2007-29281) to remove wording in Parts 91, 125 and 135 that currently allows 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).

May 29, 2008 - 10:22am

The National Convective Weather Forecast (NCWF), which combines National Weather Service (NWS) radar mosaics and cloud-to-ground lightning data into a
six-color hazardous weather depiction, is now available on the Internet and the NWS information networks.

May 22, 2008 - 7:12am

“Poor judgment” and “overconfidence” on the part of the pilot caused the January 14 accident of a King Air A90 near Lake Point, Utah, according to the NTSB’s final report. The airplane was in IMC and returning from a skydiving flight when it crashed, killing the pilot and all eight parachutists. The airplane had been stripped of all avionics except for one transceiver and a handheld GPS receiver.

 
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