The struggling airline industry produced another casualty last month with Boeing’s announcement that it will put the brakes on its once ambitious Air Traffic Management unit (AIN, July 2003, page 85). Boeing established the business in 2000 with the hope of convincing the federal government and airlines to overhaul ATC to include satellite-based navigation systems and sophisticated airborne data transmission.
“The pilot’s failure to obtain the proper touchdown point on the runway at Cuyahoga County Airport [CGF], Cleveland, Ohio, and the PIC’s failure to initiate a go-around,” were cited by the NTSB in its recently published final report as the probable cause of the Feb. 10, 2002, overrun accident of a Flight Options Mitsubishi MU-300 Diamond, N541CW.
The Air Accident Investigation Branch of the British Department of Transport is adopting a cautious approach to its investigation of the crash of Socata TBM 700 N30LT at Oxford Airport (EGTK), England, on December 6, according to an agency spokesman. Sixty- nine-year-old multimillionaire Paul- Louis Halley, of France’s Carrefour supermarket chain, his wife and the Belgian pilot were killed in the accident.
Emergency procedures training is offered by several business aviation OEMs and all of the major simulator training companies as part of their wide array of training products. But two smaller, independent companies–Stark Survival Training and Facts/AirCare–specialize in emergency procedures training, and their programs stand out among all of the offerings.
The investigation report of the October 2001 runway collision between a taxiing Citation CJ2 and a Scandinavian Airlines MD-87 taking off at the Linate Airport at Milan, Italy, is quite revealing.
Thirty years after the worst runway collision in aviation history, an NTSB forum on runway incursions spotlighted some promising technology but offered no “silver bullet” solution to preventing ground accidents. “Luck should not be part of the safety equation,” noted NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker. Last week, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey said the agency is fast-tracking airport moving-map displays for electronic flight bags.
The pilot of the Greek government Falcon 900 that suffered an in-flight fatal upset (AIN, July 2002, page 59) is appealing his guilty conviction before the Athens Appeals Court. Pilot Yiannos Androulakis was sentenced by a lower court to a five-year prison sentence on the grounds that he was responsible for the sudden oscillations in the Sept. 14, 1999 accident, which killed seven passengers and injured two.
The runway at Midway Island remains open for emergency landings, thanks to $3.2 million from the DOT. The money will be used to upgrade navigational aids and maintain the runway until at least September 30, the end of the current fiscal year. The airfield was on the verge of closing January 6 when a Continental Airlines 777 with nearly 300 people aboard made an emergency landing at the former U.S.
Pacific Aerospace Corp. of Hamilton, New Zealand received FAA type certification of its $1 million PAC 750XL, a 750-shp fixed-gear turboprop single its manufacturer says is capable of carrying a 4,500-pound payload. Meanwhile, the investigation continues into the fatal ditching of a 750XL last December after it ran out of fuel on a delivery flight to the U.S.
The wreckage of Mitsubishi MU-2 N966MA was found submerged in about 20 feet of water five days after it crashed March 11 into the Napa River, under unknown circumstances while on approach to Napa County Airport, Calif. The owner/pilot–believed to be a cancer physician–and his wife were killed. VMC prevailed for the night cross-country flight from Imperial County Airport, Calif.