Bombardier CL-600 Challenger, Aspen, Colo., Feb. 9, 2006–Landing on Runway 15 at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, the Bramblebush Challenger, N900LG, encountered wake vortices from a BAe 146 that had just taken off from Runway 33. When the Challenger was 50 feet from the runway, it rolled hard to the left and the stall warning sounded.
Cessna Citation 560, Cresco, Iowa, July 19, 2006–The pilot and copilot of Citation N636SE, registered to Tomco of Nashville, Tenn., were killed on landing at Ellen Church Field Airport (CJJ). The airplane was substantially damaged when it evidently overran the runway and came to rest in a corn field north of the departure end of Runway 33.
Pilatus PC-12, Big Timber, Mont., June 25, 2006–PC-12 N768H crashed shortly after takeoff from Big Timber Airport (6S0) and the two people on board were killed. The ATP-rated pilot was giving instruction to the private pilot when they announced on the common traffic advisory frequency that they were going to simulate an engine failure after taking off from Runway 6.
Cessna 560 Citation Ultra, Hamilton, Mont., July 10, 2006–According to the FAA report, Citation Ultra N50CV was landing at Ravalli County Airport when it went off the end of the runway and into a creek. The two crewmembers were not injured. Weather was not reported. The flight originated at Visalia, Calif.
Bringing new meaning to “crash ’n’ dash,” a Boeing 737 suffered damage during a go-around at the attempted conclusion of a night freight flight from Liege, Belgium, to London Stansted on June 15. The airplane was operated by TNT.
The Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 overrun accident at Chicago Midway Airport last December 8 has led to two significant developments for operators. The first was the FAA’s issuance of a policy letter June 7 that mandates the addition of a 15-percent safety margin to expected actual landing distance for Part 121, 135 and 91(K) (fractional) operators. That policy is expected to go into effect in time for winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
Southern Switzerland’s Lugano Agno regional airport finally gained a permanent instrument approach procedure for Runway 1 on September 1, when the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) slightly modified and adopted the provisional approach in effect since October 2003.
“Was That for Us…?” is a new DVD from the FAA providing guidance on reducing runway incursions. The presentation, available from principal operations inspectors and FSDOs, also introduces an FAA program to enhance taxiway-centerline markings. Operators of the 72 busiest airports must install the new markings at all taxiways with runway holding positions by June 30, 2008.
The FAA has contracted for four additional airports to have engineered materials arresting systems (EMAS) installed on runways that don’t have enough space for 1,000-foot-long runway safety areas. The arresting system uses crushable concrete to slow and stop an airplane that runs off the end of the runway. Fourteen U.S. airports have 18 of the systems installed, and construction of four systems is under way in San Diego; Charleston, W.
Aspen/Pitkin County Airport will close from April 9 through June 7 next year for runway resurfacing with grooved asphalt. Other safety improvements to the airport will begin in the fourth quarter of this year, but these won’t involve closures. After the runway is reopened there may be occasional closures of a maximum of two days while runway markings and pavement sealers are applied.