Temporary staffing firm Select Staffing filed a $60 million lawsuit against Dassault Falcon in a Los Angeles federal court, alleging that “misleading and inaccurate information” in the OEM’s flight manuals led to a June 20, 2007 overrun of Select Staffing’s Falcon 900 (N914DD) at Santa Barbara (Calif.) Airport. The 15 people aboard were uninjured in the accident, but the Falcon suffered $9 million in damage, the lawsuit said.
AINalerts » July 21, 2009
The NTSB on Friday issued six recommendations stemming from the Sept. 19, 2008 overrun crash of a Learjet 60. In that accident, the Learjet 60’s pilots attempted to abort the high-speed takeoff after a tire burst, according to the Safety Board.
The FAA yesterday announced that air traffic controller operational error reporting is moving away from a punitive system to “one in which understanding why operational errors occur and how to prevent them takes precedent.” Most notably, operational error reports will not include the name of the controller involved in the incident, a move meant to encourage the reporting of problems.
Bombardier Aerospace yesterday said its Learjet 85 program is quickly progressing, having reached several product development milestones, including fabrication of the second proof-of-concept, all-composite fuselage and the successful completion of all wind-tunnel testing. The Learjet 85’s all-composite wing development is also “progressing steadily,” with a proof-of-concept wing demonstrator under way.
In a report on the on-demand Part 135 charter industry issued last week, the Department of Transportation Inspector General (IG) concluded that the “FAA does not effectively target inspections to higher-risk on-demand operators” nor provide enough inspector oversight of charter operators in comparison with Part 121 airlines.