Friday, February 24, 2012

Phoenix Aviation Raises The Bar For Safety Systems

Enhanced ground proximity warning system fitted to the fleet of twin jets, King Air 350 and Cessna Caravan aircraft 

 
Coastweek -- Captain Rob Cork, the Director of Flight Operations of Phoenix Aviation Limited, points at the screen for the enhanced ground proximity warning and traffic collision avoidance systems on the instrument panel of a Cessna Citation Bravo twin jet. The enhanced ground proximity warning system directs the pilot to gain altitude to clear high ground in safety.



Phoenix Aviation has raised the bar for safety systems by fitting enhanced ground proximity warning equipment to the Company’s fleet of Executive Twin Jets, a King Air 350 and a Cessna Caravan.

In addition a satellite tracking system has been installed in their operations room at Wilson Airport.

The enhanced ground proximity warning system is over and above the requirement of Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS) specified by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

The enhanced ground proximity warning system shows high ground on a screen in the instrument panel of the aircraft.

This warns the pilot to gain altitude and shows the rate of climb required to clear the high ground in safety.

Captain Rob Cork, the Director of Flight Operations of Phoenix Aviation, said:

"We follow a policy of continuously improving all aspects of our operation with the safety of passengers and staff as a top priority.

"The purchase of enhanced ground proximity warning equipment for our aircraft and the satellite tracking system for our operations room are part of an on-going safety programme."

"Our pilots receive simulator training in Britain each year which covers the use of the enhanced ground proximity warning system and TCAS.

"Through radio signals between aircraft, TCAS gives the pilot instructions to climb, or descend to avoid a collision."

"The satellite tracking system which has been installed in our operations room is a major safety measure.

This enables operations staff to view the position and progress of each aircraft.

The equipment also has message capability between pilots and operations staff and clear information on any aircraft experiencing a problem."

Asked about prospects for charters, Ms. Florence Muoki, the Head of Flight Operations of Phoenix Aviation, replied:

"We have seen steady growth this year and we are confident that we will be able to make full use of our fleet of four Citation Bravo jets, one Citation Excel, one Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft, four Beechcraft King Air B200 turbo prop aircraft and three Cessna Caravan single engined aircraft.

"In addition we operate a Eurocopter with capacity for five passengers."

Sati Reel, the Managing Director of Phoenix Aviation, added:

"Our repair and maintenance facility at Wilson Airport is busy looking after the Company’s fleet and providing services for the owners and operators of light aircraft within East Africa.

"The facility operates under the approval of the authorities in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda."

"We are seeing rising sales of BP turbo and piston engine oils and Goodyear aircraft tyres from our stores.

"This has been driven by growth in aircraft movements at Wilson Airport and more owners, operators and maintenance organizations are drawing their stocks from our facility."

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