When terrorists plunged their hijacked airliners into the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon last month, it had an immediate effect on business aircraft owners and operators, and will likely have a profound influence for years to come.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, the NBAA canceled its 54th annual convention in New Orleans last month “to redirect the association’s resources toward national recovery and aid to the victims and their families,” president Jack Olcott said in a statement issued on September 12. This is the first time in its history that NBAA has had to cancel an annual convention.
The tragedy of September 11, 2001, began with what is arguably the most far-reaching aviation event since the Enola Gay released its burden over Hiroshima. That moment, 56 years ago, defined the onset of a new era, an age overshadowed by the specter of global thermonuclear war, and life was never the same.
They called them “libbers” back in 1973. Any women who presumed to take on a profession normally associated with males were generally assumed to be radical members of the then-new “women’s liberation” movement. Kathy Kusner was one of them. She was the first woman to fly for Executive Jet Aviation, one of the largest charter operators in the country at that time.
Grumann G-159, Linneus, Maine, July 19, 2000–Two pilots perished when an engine failed in night IMC about 2,000 ft above the aircraft’s single-engine service ceiling (“Accident Recaps,” September 2000, page 131). The NTSB determined probable cause to be “the pilot-in-command’s failure to maintain minimum control airspeed, which resulted in a loss of control.
The economy is recovering more quickly than some experts predicted, though not as robustly as expected. The pre-owned aircraft market is busier following a dismal year; it’s more of a buyers market now; business jet depreciation is typically 2 to 4 percent per year; and capital equipment loan interest rates are the lowest in 40 years.
Cessna 402C, Vieques, Puerto Rico, July 8, 2000–“One main landing gear tire, wheel and brake assembly, the left wing lower skin from the area above the wing flap, the left wing baggage compartment door, the right nose baggage compartment door, the cabin floor cover and some items from the U.S.
Beech King Air 200, Seattle, Wash., April 8, 2001–“The pilot’s failure to properly follow pre-takeoff checklists…and his subsequent failure to properly perform a manual landing-gear extension, resulting in a landing with the gear not down and locked” is the introduction to the probable cause of this gear collapse accident.
One year after the death of former Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan in the crash of a Cessna 335, the NTSB released factual information in the continuing investigation. His son, Roger “Randy” Carnahan, who was flying the light twin, reported problems with his primary attitude indicator just five minutes after departure from St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS).
Honeywell will announce a new APU at the NBAA Convention this month aimed at turboprops, light jets and small helicopters. The company said the RE-50 is the first oilless and gearless APU with an integrated generator on the same shaft, and at 50 pounds it is about one-third the weight of Honeywell’s RE-150.