Twin Commander 690C, Wray, Colo., Jan. 15, 2009–The Commander, operated by J-W Operating, was destroyed when it crashed four miles from its destination of Wray Municipal Airport, killing both pilots and the passenger.
Hurricane-strength winds destroyed three hangars at Salina Airport in Kansas on August 10, but luckily there were no aircraft in the hangars during the storm. Also affected were tractor trailers and construction barriers being used for a runway resurfacing job set for completion on August 19. “The storm set us back about a day,” said facilities manager Kenny Beiker, but he expected the job to be completed on time.
Avidyne is adding interface options for its MLX 770/780 datalink receivers that will let pilots view graphical weather information on a variety of electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers.
Avidyne is adding interface options that will let aircraft operators view graphical weather information from an MLX 770/780 datalink receiver on a variety of electronic flight bag (EFB) portable computers.
GlobalAir.com last month announced the addition of a winds-aloft forecast to the national weather section of its airport resource center. The new section includes a forecast of wind and temperature at specific altitudes.
Turboméca and Dassault Falcon factories located in south- west France suffered only minor damage, if any, during a storm in January that packed winds of 93 mph. Operations were not interrupted, the companies told AIN. The engine maker has its headquarters in Bordes and one maintenance facility in Tarnos, while Dassault builds business jets in Biarritz and near Bordeaux. The storm caused major damage and killed 11 people.
Winter weather, freezing temperatures and snow, wind or thunderstorms can add significantly to a flight crew’s stress level. And obtaining accurate and precise weather information is essential, not only for getting there safely, but also for calculating the optimal route in terms of time saved and fuel burned. Many weather tools are of limited use for flight planning because they focus only on the weather that’s happening on the ground.