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Multi-Agency Effort to Glean Facts on Asiana 777

Today at 2:30 EST, Debbie Hersman, Chairperson of the NTSB conducted an update of the Asiana 777 flight crash at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The crash of the Boeing 777 resulted in two deaths 181 injured people. Forty-nine patients are at area hospitals after surviving the crash. Some of the important points that she made:

• The investigating parties along with the NTSB will be the FAA, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, the Korean Aviation & Rail Association, and Asiana Airlines. Their focus will be on the operations of the aircraft, as well as human performance. The FBI has already provided GPS-based documentation and aerial photos to assist.

• All four pilots on board will be questioned; the Captain that was flying (training to receive his 777 rating), the Training Captain, and the relief Captain and First Officer (standard procedure for long international flights)

• There is no evidence of distress calls or problem reports prior to impact. The flight was vectored in to a 17 mile approach, cleared for both visual approach and landing.

• The Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) is a mixture of both English and Korean. It’s important to note that, despite the reports from some news agencies, there was no call for permission for a go-around – it was mentioned on the CVR only.

• The crash site has lower portions of the aircraft in the sea wall, with a significant portion of the tail in the water, and debris is visible at low tide. Seawall debris has been found several yards up the runway as well.

• Despite initial reports of one the fatalities being caused by an emergency vehicle, the coroner has not rendered an official cause of death.

• The airspeed required for landing is 137 kts, and Flight Data Recorder shows that the aircraft had already dropped to 118 kts by 200 ft (about 16 seconds from impact). At 125 ft (8 seconds to impact), the throttles were moving forward. At 3 seconds to impact, the engines were back up to 50% power, with an airspeed of 103 kts. At impact, the airspeed has only climbed to 106 kts.

FBO of the Week – Metro Aviation Service (OLV)

One of the fastest growing areas in the United States is the East Memphis area of Tennessee; and at the forefront of that growth is Metro Aviation Service in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Pilots venture there for the quick turnaround and convenience offered for those either passing through, or travelling to see the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June.

Metro Aviation General Manager David Taylor is most proud of his FBO’s fuel prices, which he keeps more than competitive with the largest airports in the area. "We keep it reasonable and honest, and there’s no reason to look elsewhere!"

Think your FBO has what it takes to be featured? Give your GlobalAir.com representative a call today at 502-336-4909.

The Importance of WAAS/LPV

Don’t Let Less Than Ideal Conditions Ruin Your Approach
John Crabtree of Elliott Aviation, Avionics Manager
www.elliottaviation.com

Sometimes, one experience can change your entire perspective on flying. A few years ago, a Hawker 800 pilot relayed a story to me about WAAS LPV. The pilot had been requesting WAAS/LPV in their aircraft but had been denied his request because the aircraft owner saw it as a high cost with very little value. One business trip from Nashville to St. Louis changed the value seen in LPV.

The aircraft owners were flying in for a very important business meeting and planned to land at Lambert Field but the ILS was down and there was a very low ceiling. This forced the aircraft to divert to an airport many miles away. Meanwhile, the owner witnessed a Cirrus land right after their missed approach.

Because it was an unplanned arrival at a very small FBO, they had to wait for a car to become available and drive nearly an hour out of their way, missing their meeting. Needless to say, the owner was very upset that his mid-sized jet could not get into an airport while he witnessed a small piston aircraft land with ease. The owner scheduled a WAAS LPV system installation the following day.

WAAS (wide area augmentation system) and LPV (localizer performance with vertical guidance) is a system that uses satellites and ground-based radio systems to enhance GPS signals for the entire flight path of the aircraft, including approaches that can get you down to 200 feet. From an approach standpoint, the FAA’s most recent update (November 15, 2012) shows LPV approaches at 1,519 airports including 1,307 LPV’s to non-ILS airports. This flexibility can get you closer where you want to go.

Other benefits include cutting distances between airports, saving time and fuel because the aircraft does not have to follow routes based on ground based systems alone. It also allows safer flight at low altitudes because older system equipment is often blocked by terrain or elevation changes. Simply put, WAAS will get you to where you want to go faster, safer, and often times with less fuel.

John Crabtree oversees over 30 avionics technicians at Elliott Aviation’s headquarters in Moline, IL. Crabtree has 28 years of avionics experience that started in the US Navy where he was an Avionics Technician. He has worked on avionics systems with Gulfstream, Standard Aero and Hawker Beechcraft Services. As part of John’s current duties, he is leading one of the most successful avionics retrofit programs in history, Elliott Aviation’s industry-leading King Air Garmin G1000 retrofit program.

Elliott Aviation is a second-generation, family-owned business aviation company offering a complete menu of high quality products and services including aircraft sales, avionics service & installations, aircraft maintenance, accessory repair & overhaul, paint and interior, charter and aircraft management. Serving the business aviation industry nationally and internationally, they have facilities in Moline, IL, Des Moines, IA, and Minneapolis, MN. The company is a member of the Pinnacle Air Network, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), National Air Transportation Association (NATA), and National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA).

FBO of the Week - Sky Bright in Gilford, New Hampshire (LCI)

If you’re looking for a summertime retreat, you might consider starting at Sky Bright at Gilford, NH and the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee . If the name of the lake is familiar, it may be because it was featured in movies such as On Golden Pond and What About Bob? Gilford is also home of the Gunstock Mountain Resort – while typically best known for winter skiing, it offers ziplines and treetop adventure courses in the warmer months.

Lee Avery, manager at Sky Bright, mentioned that what sets them apart is "keeping customer service at its highest level." They strive for that "Wow Factor" that can only be achieved by making sure every detail is taken care of!

Think your FBO has what it takes to be featured? Give your GlobalAir.com representative a call today at 502-336-4909.

Richmond International to discount fuel on NASCAR weekend

Article written By: Mike Collins of AOPA

General aviation pilots visiting Richmond International Airport in Richmond, Va., April 22 through 28 will save 6 cents per gallon on purchases of 100LL or Jet A fuel. The Capital Regional Airport Commission, which owns and operates the airport, is waiving its 6-cents-per-gallon fuel flowage fee for the week.

The discounts, being offered for the first time, were inspired by the spring 2013 NASCAR weekend at the nearby Richmond International Raceway. “We have two NASCAR races in April and two in September,” said Jon Mathiasen, president and CEO of the commission. “We thought it would be a nice gesture, to not only promote NASCAR but to promote ourselves.”

“Race weekend is our busiest weekend,” said Michael Clarke, general manager of the Richmond Jet Center, one of two FBOs on the field. “Every ramp, every square inch of this airport is full of airplanes.”

Despite the expected traffic, Clarke said parking reservations are not required. “We’ve always been able to accommodate them.” However, visiting pilots who want to see the race will want to reserve a rental car; the track is about a 20-minute drive from the field.

“We welcome them,” said Gene McDonough, president of Million Air Richmond. McDonough agreed that NASCAR weekends are the airport’s busiest of the year, although he said the number of aircraft has dwindled over the years as race teams have moved to bigger airplanes—as large as Boeing 727s and 737s, he said.

Mathiasen said the fuel discounts are available to all GA aircraft during the period, whether based at the airport or transient—and regardless of the pilot’s reason for visiting Richmond.

The airport has worked with the raceway in the past with passengers arriving by airline. “In the terminal building, with the airline traffic, you can definitely see the race fans—they’re wearing the clothing of their favorite drivers,” Mathiasen said. “We wanted to do something with general aviation.”

The commission is developing the east side of the airport to allow for more corporate tenants. Mathiasen said a new access road, ramp, and two hangars already have been built, and he expects a new taxiway project to be under construction by June 2014. “We’ve been very blessed with the corporate growth that we’ve had. With the continued growth of the airport, we want to make sure we have the infrastructure in place for the future.”

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