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Airbus delivers A320
runway overrun protection Supersonic

Airbus has delivered the first A320 family aircraft with its Runway Overrun Prevention interest spikes
System (ROPS) to American Airlines. This onboard cockpit technology, which is already in
service on the A380 and is part of the A350 XWB’s basic configuration, increases pilots’ Another entrepreneurial team is racing to
situational awareness during landing, reduces exposure to runway excursion risk, and, if produce the first aircraft to return to super-
necessary, provides active protection. sonic passenger flights. Spike Aerospace,
Runway excursions are the number one cause of commercial aviation accidents in the based in Boston, Massachusetts, US, and
world. The Airbus ROPS system computes minimum realistic in-flight landing and on- boasting engineers with experience at
ground stopping distances and compares them to available landing distances in real time. Airbus, Eclipse, and Gulfstream, is propos-
Airbus says the system combines data on weather, runway condition and topography, ing the Mach 1.6-1.8 S-512 with initial deliv-
and aircraft weight and configuration. “Depending on the resulting analysis, ROPS may eries by the end of 2018.
prompt immediate callouts and alerts for pilots, assisting the crew in the go-around deci- The S-512 will have a range up to 4,000
sion-making process and/or the timely application of stopping means on touchdown.” nautical miles. The first model would carry
The system will be coupled with the mandatory Terrain Avoidance Warning System up to 18 passengers in a business aircraft
already fitted and will utilize an enhanced and specially developed version of its worldwide configuration.
runway database. In the December issue of InterPilot, we
featured supersonic aircraft concepts being
studied by Boeing, Japan’s Aerospace
ALPA’s Moak appointed Exploration Agency, Aerion, and Gulfstream.


US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx Infrastructure/MITRE board member and
has appointed Capt Lee Moak, president of former FAA administrator; City of Denver, Register via the Members Area of
the Air Line Pilots Association, International Colorado mayor Michael Hancock; John the IFALPA website:
(ALPA), and nine other new members to Potter, president and CEO, Metropolitan
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Washington Airports Authority; and Gwynne HUP/1 Committee
Management Advisory Council, which Shotwell, president and COO, Space X. May 13-15, 2014 – Toulouse, France
advises the agency on management, policy, The new appointments join the three ATS/1 Committee
spending, and regulatory matters. incumbent Management Advisory Council May 20-22, 2014 – Montreal, Canada
The other new members are Steve Alterman, members: Department of Transportation
president, Cargo Airline Association; Bill Acting Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez; Brig ADO/1 Committee
Jun 9-11, 2014 – Casablanca, Morocco
Ayer, former chairman, Alaska Air Group; Gen Steven Shepro, Department of Defense;
Montie Brewer, former president and CEO, and Paul Rinaldi, president, National Air HEL Committee
Air Canada; Ray Conner, vice-chairman, Traffic Controllers. Sep 16-17, 2014 – Washington, DC, US
The Boeing Company, and president and “These established aviation leaders will AFI/MID Committee
CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Craig help guide the FAA in its many critical air Sep 16-18, 2014 – Tunis, Tunisia
Fuller, president, the Fuller Company, and transportation policy decisions, supporting
former president, Aircraft Owners and our commitment to a first-class aviation sys- DG Committee
Pilots Association; Jane Garvey, Meridiam tem,” said Foxx. Sep 23-25, 2014 – Hong Kong, China
AGE Committee
Sep 30-Oct 2, 2014 – Bangkok, Thailand
ON FACEBOOK ON TWITTER Oct 14-16, 2014 – Dubai, UAE

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International Federation of Search @IFALPA Oct 21, 2014 – Fort Lauderdale, US
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