Pilots taxiing at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) are being asked to pay special attention as they approach Runway 13/31, especially during construction season when the runway is active more often than usual. A new airport notice, FLL 2012-09-12, says runway incursions have resulted from pilot inattention. “Aircraft southbound on Taxiway ‘Q’ are failing to hold short of RWY 13/31 when required by ATC. Aircraft taxiing to RWY 9L via Taxiway ‘P’ and Taxiway ‘E’ are failing to turn left at Taxiway ‘E’ and enter RWY 13/31 instead.”
The NTSB’s initial report of the July 31 loss of standard ATC separation between three regional airliners operating near Washington’s Reagan Airport (DCA) said the aircraft were not as close as some people at first believed. The Board cited poor ATC coordination as the reason for the incident. The NTSB said the Potomac Tracon supervisor called the supervisor at DCA tower at 2.00 p.m.
San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) Runway 28 Left will be closed on weekends for runway and taxiway work through October 1. The work is expected to cut the airport’s normal arrival rate of 60 aircraft per hour almost in half between 10 p.m. Friday nights and 8 a.m. Mondays.
Norwood (Mass.) Memorial Airport has scheduled periodic runway closures over the next three weeks to accommodate construction projects. Runway 10/28 will remain closed completely until September 28. Meanwhile, Runway 17/35 will be closed from 0700 to 1700 (local time) on the following days: September 12, 14, 19, 20, 21 and 25. Both runways are 4,000 feet long. For more information, contact the airport manager at (781) 255-5616 or the FBO, FlightLevel Aviation, at (800) 370-8680.
Effective September 17, the FAA will implement new phraseology for aircraft departing via an Rnav SID at airports using simultaneous parallel-runway departures. Towers will now include the first SID waypoint in the takeoff clearance. For example, “Falcon 2GP, Rnav to (fix/waypoint), Runway 32 Left, cleared for takeoff.” The new procedure was designed to ensure crews have the correct procedure loaded in the aircraft’s FMS.
A major runway relocation project has been completed at New Hampshire’s Nashua-Boire Field Airport. The project, funded by the FAA, relocated Runway 14/32 some 300 feet to the north, allowing for adequate separation from a nearby taxiway. It also extended the runway by 500 feet, to 6,000 feet, and added overrun safety areas at both ends. The runway is now available for visual landings, with full operation expected on November 15, by which time navaids will have been relocated and instrument approach procedures published.
The FAA announced today a $10 million grant for a rehabilitation project for Runway 2/20 at Danville (Va.) Regional Airport. The refurbishment will include new runway markings and signage for better pilot awareness, grooves in the runway to give aircraft greater traction in wet conditions, new runway edge lighting and improvements to the runway safety area. During construction, which is expected to start next month and be completed in November next year, aircraft will have to use Runway 13/31.
Aircraft Performance Group recently added in-flight analysis to its iPreFlight iPad app. Previous versions of the APG app require an Internet connection to perform runway analysis calculations. The advantage of performing a landing-distance assessment while airborne is that conditions at the destination sometimes change, and pilots need to calculate if the destination runway still meets legal and safety parameters.
Just as pilots using Chicago Waukegan Airport (UGN) await news of when the airport’s 6,000-foot Runway 5/23 might be extended to 7,000-feet–a more comfortable length –for jet operations–comes word that the usable runway length might actually be reduced if various government entities cannot work together.