Effective January 5, when filing an FAA flight plan (with the exception of filing through DUATS and flight service stations), RVSM-compliant operators are expected to file “/Q” (RVSM with a FMS or GPS) or “/W” (RVSM without FMS and GPS), as appropriate, for flight in RVSM airspace (between FL290 and FL410 inclusive).
Latin America adopted reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) on January 20, along with the rest of the Americas, and the transition to date in Brazil has been relatively smooth, according to national officials.
“There were no major problems on January 20,” said Saulo Jose da Silva of Brazil’s Department of Air Traffic Control.
Rudy’s Inflight Catering is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its White Plains, N.Y. kitchen with an expansion of the facilities. According to Joe Celentano, who with his brother John owns and manages Rudy’s, “We are about to add a 900-sq-ft refrigerator to supplement the operation.” The facility, on the grounds of Westchester County Airport, has also extended its hours and is now serving clients 24/7/365.
Dassault has begun deliveries of the Falcon 900EX equipped with the fully operational EASy flight deck. The so-called “Step 3” of EASy includes new features, such as video display capability. It also corrects some minor imperfections and offers, at last, some functions the French manufacturer had promoted heavily when it announced the product.
Beech King Air C90A, Salt Lake City, Dec. 18, 2004–The NTSB said the probable cause was the pilot’s failure to obtain/ maintain a proper climb rate after takeoff and his premature initiation of the turn (low-altitude flight maneuver).
Mitsubishi MU-2B-36, West Memphis, Ark., Sept. 22, 2005–The 12,600-hour ATP-rated pilot of the McNeely Charter Services MU-2 had departed West Memphis Municipal Airport (AWM) about an hour before the accident on a flight to Gainesville, Ga., when he returned so a McNeely mechanic could check the right engine fire warning caution light. The light had flickered but he found no signs of fire.
The FAA has approved Rannoch as a class-1 provider of ASDI (aircraft situational display to industry) data, adding the company to the list of services that offer online subscribers access to real-time flight information. Rannoch said it will use the flight-tracking data as part of its AirScene suite of services. Currently about 20 companies are FAA-approved as class-1 ASDI data providers.
The FAA has approved handling agent Air Routing International to file and amend business aircraft flight plans directly with the agency’s Host ATC system. The Houston-based company says the approval will increase the efficiency of its flight-planning operations.
Raytheon Beech B200 King Air, Tulsa, Okla., Dec. 8, 2004–After the right engine of King Air N6PE began to “sputter” on approach to Tulsa International Airport, approximately six miles from the runway, the engine quit. The 2,100-hour pilot “looked over at the fuel gauges and both tanks were showing empty.” Moments later, the left engine quit.
Honeywell Flight Support Services has unveiled an online flight planning service. The company said the database includes the basic performance parameters of more than 240 aircraft models. Pilots can create domestic, international or oceanic flight plans based on the most current wind information for best speed or fuel efficiency. The program also calculates equal time points and diversionary airports, and provides up-to-date weather reports.