FlightSafety International has added a new program to its simulator training courses. Called Runway Judgment Training, the program explores runway incursion accident prevention and assists flight crews in developing procedures that address the risks. Simulator instructors can create hazardous operating conditions on runways at specific airports.
A Sabreliner owned and operated by Compass Acquisitions and Development in Dallas ran off the runway at Brownwood Regional Airport, Texas, on May 9 following an engine failure at V1. The pilot set the nosegear back on the runway but was unable to stop the aircraft before it went off the end of the runway. The airplane traveled another 1,300 feet before finally stopping, according to the NTSB.
The FAA is expected to announce a major ILS contract award within the next 90 days, according to agency insiders. As currently written, the contract will call for the purchase and installation of as many as 615 instrument landing systems between 2007 and 2013. The large majority of systems will provide precision approaches at new locations while the balance will replace older equipment.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the FAA are considering a proposal to expand noise-abatement procedures at Teterboro Airport (TEB). Currently, Runway 24 has published noise-abatement procedures. The new proposal would implement similar noise-abatement procedures for aircraft departing from the other three TEB runways.
Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, North Las Vegas, Nev., Sept. 23, 2003–Piper Arrow N8604N was landing on Runway 12R at North Las Vegas Airport and Mirage N146PM (with a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-35 turboprop conversion) had started the takeoff roll on Runway 7 when they collided at the intersection of the two runways.
Cessna Citation 525A CJ2, Atlantic City, N.J., May 15, 2005–The pilot of Danish-registered CJ2 OY-JET said he “lost the brakes.” The airplane hit the water after landing at Atlantic City Municipal Airport/Bader Field, but investigators found no abnormalities in the brake systems.
Disgruntled neighbors of “Van Noise Airport” can blame their woes on the Communist menace. The reason Van Nuys has an 8,000-foot runway attractive to jet traffic is that in the late 1940s, U.S. Air Force generals saw the then-sleepy field as a base for jet interceptors–the better to protect the West Coast from long-range Soviet bombers attacking from Siberia.
Cessna 560 Citation Ultra, Leakey, Texas, May 2, 2002–The NTSB blamed the accident on “the pilot’s failure to land the aircraft at the proper touchdown point…
to allow adequate stopping distance.”
With Transportation Department Inspector General Kenneth Mead predicting the busiest summer travel season in six years, the Senate aviation subcommittee has been warned that capacity constraints are likely to cause congestion and get progressively worse before they get better.
Gulfstream American Twin Commander 690C, Indianapolis, Feb. 10, 2005–The airplane was substantially damaged, but the occupants uninjured, during a runway excursion while landing on Runway 21 at Eagle Creek Airport. There was a direct right crosswind of approximately 13 knots. The pilot reported that the landing was normal, on centerline, and that touchdown was at the 1,000-foot runway markings.