B737 And C172 Had A Close-Call During "Touch And Go"
The NTSB has opened an investigation into the near
collision of a commercial jetliner and a small private plane at the
intersection of two active runways at Burbank's Bob Hope Airport
(KBUR) in Southern California.
IG Says FAA Having Difficulty Keeping The Project "On Track" In
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on
Aviation heard testimony on long-term planning and interagency
cooperation for the implementation of the Next Generation Air
Traffic Control system, also know as NextGen, on Wednesday.
"Several Conditions" Could Result In Loss Of Power
The FAA has revised an SAIB (Special Airworthiness Information
Bulletin) concerning a condition on certain Lycoming four, six, and
eight cylinder reciprocating engines with a Teledyne Continental
Motors (TCM) (formerly Bendix) Series D2000 and D3000 Dual Magneto
(2 magnetos with a single drive).
CASA Certification Granted To Design Instrument Flight
Procedures In Australia
Jeppesen has been granted certification by the Civil Aviation
Safety Authority (CASA) of Australia to design, validate and
maintain instrument flight procedures. The certification, granted
under CASR Part 173, authorizes Jeppesen to create Performance
Based Navigation (PBN) procedures.
The 787 Dreamliner has begun a series of extreme-weather tests
at Valparaiso, FL. A special hangar at the McKinley Climatic
Laboratory at Elgin Air Force Base allows the airplane to
experience heat as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit and as low as
minus 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Demonstration Platform For Reusable Space Vehicle
The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) was successfully launched
from Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 41 Thursday. The OTV rode to
orbit on board an Atlas V rocket at 1952 EDT, according to the U.S.
Air Force. The launch was undertaken for the Air Force Rapid
SAIB Published With Guidelines, But Does Not Recommend Flight
Into Visible Ash
The FAA this week published an SAIB (Special Airworthiness
Information Bulletin) addressing concerns about the operation of
aircraft with turbine engines into areas where volcanic ash is
present. The SAIB is specifically directed toward operators that
operate in Europe or operate in and out of Europe.
"...(K)ey multibillion-dollar programs have experienced
problems, and FAA has yet to fully determine their NextGen-specific
requirements. ... Delays with this and other projects will have a
cascading effect on NextGen plans now and well into the
future." Source: DOT Inspector
General Calvin Scovel.
A radar approach/vector provided in case of a malfunctioning
gyro-compass or directional gyro. Instead of providing the pilot
with headings to be flown, the controller observes the radar track
and issues control instructions "turn right/left" or "stop turn" as