March 13

NTSB Analysis of KTEB Lear Crash (2017)

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The NTSB released the final report on the Lear jet crash at Teterboro Airport May 15th 2017. Though this is not the kind of flying everyone might engage in, this excellent animation and analysis by the NTSB will benefit every pilot.

The words “what were these pilots thinking” might come to mind but remember they were on a 25 minute 80nm flight. A flight like this is very labor intensive and this crew was so far behind they never really appeared “in command.” Even the planning seems rushed and a bit bizarre; they requested 27K feet for this short repositioning hop. Additionally “SIC-O” was flying and was legally prohibited from even have handling the controls. All totally frightening.

I have some small quibbles with the NTSB news release and executive summary having flown into KTEB and been instructed to “circle” many times. The required “circle” at KTEB often requires a very tight. close in series of turns.  I often request a visual but it’s hard to acquire. I wish the NTSB addressed this “normal procedure” which is “dangerous by design.” On this approach from the south their circling was approved to be more expansive, starting at Torby, but they never used that gracious permission. From the wouthyou usually aim for the Met Life stadium (TFR be damned).

Click [HERE] for detailed ops and factual     Click [HERE] for detailed ATC

Circle to R01-KTEB

Lots of good feedback on social media. One solution to the ambiguity here might be a “Charted Visual Flight Procedure” or even a RVFP. (This is similar to CVFP but actual vertical and lateral nav. guidance) The picture provided showed how badly this jet missed the cue for an early turn (previous 50 arrivals)

Thanks to JM for this one...
Thanks to JM for this one…

 

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David St. George (Lifetime Member)

David St. George learned to fly at Flanders Valley Airport in 1970. Proving that everyone is eventually trainable, he became an FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor for airplanes (single and multi, instrument, and glider) and serves the Rochester FSDO as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. In this capacity, he gives flight tests at any level from sport pilot to ATP and CFI. For 20 years David was East Hill Flying Club's 141 Chief Instructor and manager. David holds multi and single engine ATP pilot certificates, with pilot ratings for glider and seaplane. He recently earned his ninth renewal as a Master Instructor and owns an Aeronca Champ so he can build hours for that airline job! He is now flying charter: http://learnturbine.com

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