PIPER PA-31T AND CESSNA 172P, DENVER, COLO., JAN. 24, 2003–Piper N360LL–registered to and operated by Lee Larson Aircraft Sales of Northglenn, Colo.–collided with a Cessna N52241 (registered to and operated by EDB Air of Englewood, Colo.) over Denver at approximately 5:22 p.m. MST.
Aviation International News » April 2003
SOCATA TBM 700, LEESBURG, VA., MARCH 1, 2003–TBM 700 N700PP was destroyed, and its three occupants killed, when it crashed into trees during an instrument approach to Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO), Va., at 2:45 p.m. EST. All three were employees of High Performance Technologies of Arlington, Va.
When reports began circulating last month that Leesburg, Va.-based AvCraft Aviation had reached an agreement to buy Fairchild Dornier’s 328 production and associated support businesses in Germany, signs of a less-than-healthy state of affairs within AvCraft, particularly at its Tyler, Texas-based repair station, emerged as fast as disgruntled ex-employees could log onto their e-mail servers.
The “affordable jet” has become synonymous with the flying car. It is always two to three years away from becoming reality. It has been for the last 20 years, and judging from what we are seeing, it may continue to be a dream for the next 20 years. Having invested in several aircraft companies, I certainly don’t claim to be an authority, but I do offer the following advice:
There was good news and bad news concerning appropriations for those 11 of 13 government agencies that have been impatiently waiting and enduring the agony of eight continuing resolutions that allowed them to operate with Fiscal Year 2002-level funding.
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey chose a speech before the Washington Aero Club to announce a new project designed to bring more consistency among the various FAA regulation and certification offices.
General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) president Ed Bolen added his voice to a growing chorus that is pushing for more government coordination and funding of aerospace research during his recent testimony on Capitol Hill. He said that aerospace is too important to the future of the U.S. for research to be determined on an ad hoc basis by a patchwork of federal agencies.
This is an FBO? In the office Mozart plays softly on the radio, and the warm smell of fresh coffee drifts across the room from the corner kitchen. Under an antique wooden desk, a contented English spaniel snores softly, ignoring the occasional static from the nearby unicom. At the desk, owner and manager Barbara Loehnert works quietly. As an FBO, Service People has more in common with grandma’s kitchen–warm, comfortable and friendly.
Would you feel more comfortable about your hangar knowing that buildings from which it was derived are used as community disaster shelters? Monolithic Constructors of Italy, Texas, has designed and built schools, churches and storage warehouses that double as hurricane/tornado shelters. The company claims its new-design hangars can withstand winds of greater than 150 mph.
Don Allen, owner of Silverhawk Aviation, would like pilots to be thinking of Lincoln Municipal Airport (LNK), Neb., as a mid-continent refueling stop. As an area businessman and pilot, he saw business potential in merging Capitol Aviation and Silverhawk, two of the three FBOs at LNK (Duncan Aviation is the competition). A little more than a year ago, that’s just what he did.