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Localizer excursions at MPV

While flying the ILS for Rwy 17 into MPV (Barre–Montpelier VT), we ob­served the localizer needle shift left and right—erratically but never more than one dot either side—of course. Our aircraft is equipped with FMS/GPS data, which indicated we were aligned consistently with the final approach course. After landing, we saw a large tractor mowing the grass at the departure end of Rwy 17 near the localizer antenna. We suspect that its movement through this area may have caused the erratic movement of our localizer needle during the approach.
__ ATP. King Air 350

Near ground collision at CLT

CLT (Charlotte NC) Tower local controller was on position for 29 min working 9 aircraft with no previous operational errors or deviations. The controller cleared PSA Airlines (JIA) flight 390—a CRJ­200—for takeoff on Rwy 18L. A PC12 was waiting to depart Rwy 18L at Intersection Alpha. As required, the ground controller had written on the flight progress strip and coordinated verbally with the local controller that the PC12 was requesting an inter­section departure off Rwy 18L at Taxiway A. However, the local controller forgot and instructed the PC12 to taxi into position and hold on Rwy 18L. JIA390 had already begun its departure roll and had traveled approx 1600 ft as the PC12 taxied on­to the runway. The ASDE-X alerted. JIA390 began to slow and the controller canceled the takeoff clearance. The PC12 had pulled to the side of the runway when the pilot recognized what was happening. According to FAA, JIA390 stopped approximately 10 ft from the PC12. At the time of the incident the weather was VFR with 9 miles visibility.