Aviation Safety News Roundup | June 2022

Aviation Safety News Roundup | June 2022
Claire Ealding
Jun 30, 2022

Recent Threats | KTEB Runway Closed And ILS OTS

  • Every runway in KTEB is getting a facelift in one form or another this year.
  • The Teterboro Users Group (TUG) hosted a meeting on June 15th. Runway and airport closures will occur for runway surface, lighting, and ILS updates throughout the summer and 2023.
  • Eleven months of work is planned to restore and rehabilitate Teterboros runway 06/24, so the runway will be closed overnight and on weekends until work is complete. Full airport closures will occur through weekends in July and August while work on the intersection is completed.
  • ILS 19 will be out of service from June to October 2022, and runway 01 will be without a VASI from July to August 2022 while it is upgraded to a PAPI.
  • New York has some of the busiest and most congested airspace and airports worldwide. So while this impacts traffic in and out of KTEB, it will also affect those operating in KEWR, KJFK, and KLGA. Expect extra traffic using these commercial airports in place of Teterboro.
  • Check out the TUG website for more details.

Teterboro Users Group (TUG)

Very Close Call | Transponder Glitch Causes Near Crash Between a B777 And E190

  • In 2020 at Toronto, Lester B. Pearson International Airport, an Embraer 190 rejected take-off after striking a bird. The crew of the Embraer 190 declared the aborted takeoff to tower, but the transmission was stepped on by the first officer of a Boeing 777, who had just been cleared for takeoff on the same runway.
  • As the Embraer 190 reached the end of the runway, the crew of an Air Canada Boeing 777 — cleared for takeoff and mistakenly believing that the Embraer had lifted off — began to accelerate for takeoff.
  • When the 777 crew saw the Embraer 190 at the end of the runway, they rejected their takeoff. A total of 446 passengers were on both planes, but fortunately, no one was hurt.
  • Clear weather conditions prevailed, allowing the 777 crew to see the Embraer 190. The TSB report said that “on March 7, 2020, the day of the incident, air traffic control (ATC) at the Toronto airport was using “pilot-applied visual departure separation procedures” as a means of expediting traffic flow.”
  • Incident investigators noted that “the Honeywell Prius Epic integrated avionics system on the Embraer 190 (and on aircraft from a number of other manufacturers) uses software logic that considers the airplane to be airborne when indicated airspeed is more than 50 kt”.

Flight Safety Foundation

FAA Comes To An Agreement With 5G Carriers On Next Steps

  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and major wireless companies have identified a way to safely move forward with 5G implementation near airports. “We believe we have identified a path that will continue to enable aviation and 5G C-band wireless to safely co-exist,” said Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen.
  • Since 5G shares the same frequency band as aircraft radio altimeters, there were concerns over the interference that 5G could cause to aircraft altimetry and other onboard systems.
  • The plan is for aircraft operators equipped with the affected radio altimeters to install filters or other enhancements as soon as possible.
  • As part of a phased approach, regional aircraft operators with radio altimeters most vulnerable to interference must retrofit them with radio frequency filters by the end of the year. Airlines and other aircraft operators with altimeters that are affected must add filters or other upgrades as soon as they can, the FAA said.
  • “The radio-altimeter manufacturers have worked at an unprecedented pace with Embraer, Boeing, Airbus, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to develop and test filters and installation kits for these aircraft. Customers are receiving the first kits now. In most cases, the kits can be installed in a few hours at airline maintenance facilities.”

Federal Aviation Administration

Firm Words | ICAO Issue Warning To The Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea Over Missile Launches

  • According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) continues to pose a severe risk to international civil aviation safety by defying the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1718, 2270, and 2321.
  • In other words, ICAO is trying to end the unannounced missile launches that the DPRK has been firing for years near civilian airspace.
  • “The Council again urged the State to act in accordance with and respect for the Convention on International Civil Aviation, and to comply with applicable ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).”
  • In September of this year, the council will convene under article 54k to discuss the next steps if the DPRK fails to comply with this warning.
  • (Article 54k: “report to the assembly any infraction of this Convention where a contracting state has failed to take appropriate action within a reasonable time after notice of the infraction” - Chicago Convention 1944).

International Civil Aviation Organization

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