At press time, two lawsuits had been filed in the aftermath of the September 29 midair collision over the Amazon jungle. Each suit lodges claims against U.S. charter operator ExcelAire, the two pilots of the Legacy 600 involved in the accident and avionics manufacturer Honeywell.
The FAA recently added new Safety Logic runway incursion alerting technology to its ASDE-X airport surveillance equipment at Orlando International Airport in Florida. ASDE-X combines radar scanning with a transponder tracking system to provide controllers with a real-time picture of airborne and airport surface traffic.
Into an increasingly acrimonious atmosphere in which the airlines perceive business aviation as competition for high-end travelers comes a study suggesting that airline losses do not necessarily benefit business aviation. The study is from Washington, D.C.-based aviation consulting firm The Velocity Group.
On Tuesday at about 4:05 p.m. local time, the sole Spectrum 33 prototype crashed on the side of the runway while taking off from Spanish Fork Airport, Utah, on what was to be a routine test flight. Witnesses reported that the right wing hit the ground and the airplane cartwheeled, leaving a trail of debris before coming to rest in a pasture northwest of the airport.
Clearly seeing the value of an emergency vision assurance system, Jet Aviation of Teterboro, N.J., will purchase smoke displacement technology for installation in its company-owned fleet, and as an option for client aircraft. Jet Aviation will acq-uire the system from EVASWorldwide of Ramsey, N.J.
Safe Flight is celebrating its 60th year of producing products to make aviation safer. In 1944, Leonard Greene saw an airplane flown by a friend appear to simply fall out of the sky, killing the pilot and destroying the airplane. Greene, an engineer, started Safe Flight Instrument Corp. in 1946 to develop lift instrumentation that would warn a pilot of an approaching stall. Safe Flight (Booth No.
Dassault Falcon selected VisionSafe’s emergency vision assurance system as optional equipment for Falcon jet operators. Marketed and distributed by EVASWorldwide, more than 1,200 of the systems, which displace smoke in cockpits so that pilots can see instruments and land safely, have been delivered (see related story on page 18).
The Internet is yielding important safety benefits for aviation, making critical information available to many more aviation participants and helping regulatory authorities disseminate safety material. The FAA has taken advantage of the Web and offers a mass of information online.
The NTSB today released the preliminary report for last Tuesday’s fatal crash of the Spectrum 33 prototype. According to the Safety Board, witnesses said the airplane entered a right roll almost immediately after takeoff from Spanish Fork Airport, Utah. The roll continued to about 90 degrees right wing down when the right wingtip hit the ground.
On Monday, the FAA issued a proposed Airworthiness Directive that would mandate a one-time 80-manhour detailed inspection of the flight-control systems on Raytheon Beechcraft King Air C90A, B200, B200C, B300 and B300C turboprops. The proposed AD is the result of a report of "nonconformities" by an FAA Manufacturing Inspection District Office.