The FAA has interviewed the pilots of a Gulfstream V that caused a runway incursion on September 30 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), during which a SkyWest Airlines CRJ700 braked to a stop reportedly within 100 feet of the GV. The CRJ didn’t suffer any damage, according to a SkyWest spokeswoman, but did have to cool its brakes for 15 minutes, delaying the flight by about half an hour.
Accidents, Safety, Security and Training
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Bombardier Aerospace earlier this month kicked off its 10th annual Safety Standdown in Wichita. For the first time, the event was fully endorsed by NBAA.
Cessna’s cessnaelearning.com Web site now offers a Caravan cold-weather operations course, a series of five self-paced training modules, taking an estimated two to three hours to complete. Cessna issues users a certificate of completion once they finish the online exams.
Business jets were involved in 18 nonfatal accidents and three fatal accidents during the first nine months of this year, compared with 16 nonfatal accidents and one fatal accident in the same period last year, according to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla. Although the number of fatal accidents involving business jets tripled, the number of people killed remained level at eight for both periods.
A Cessna Citation VI owned by a prominent Irish businessman was caught up in a major drug bust on September 26, when Belgian police impounded the aircraft at Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport and arrested its crew. More than 110 pounds of heroin (valued at $13 million) was seized as an undisclosed passenger tried to board the jet at Kortrijk, which is close to the border with France.
Three twin-turboprop accidents within four days of each other last month claimed the lives of all 13 aboard. On October 15, four people in a Twin Commander 690 were killed when the aircraft crashed near Antlers, Okla. On October 18, five people were killed in a Piper Cheyenne when it crashed during a photo flight with a MiG-21.
Despite the issuance by the FAA of a Special FAR (SFAR) mandating initial and recurrent training for MU-2 pilots, lawmakers still want the airplane grounded because of its poor safety record.
The NTSB on October 31 was scheduled to release the final report on its investigation into the crash of a Challenger 600 at Teterboro, N.J., after it overran the runway while attempting to take off. The Feb.
The FAA issued a new Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO 06014) that seeks to clarify the conditions under which pilots can take off with frost adhering to airframes. At the same time, the SAFO might complicate the pre-takeoff decision-making process because it reminds pilots that takeoff with frost adhering to lifting surfaces and flight controls is legal.
Brazilian authorities held two U.S. pilots in connection with the September 29 midair collision that caused a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 to plunge into the Amazon jungle, killing all 154 on board and beginning a harrowing ordeal for the business jet crew from Long Island.