The FAA’s budgetary woes are but one symptom of the U.S. fiscal freight train that has been speeding down the track with ever greater wobbles since 9/11.
Aviation International News » April 2005
It was almost painfully uncomfortable. The recently hired customer service representative was up to her belt buckle in alligators, all the line techs were missing, her line chief was deep in conversation with an important customer and everyone else from management was in a meeting off site.
This year’s AIN North American FBO survey, like its predecessors, is intended to be a pilots’ guide to the FBOs with which they do business. Although the survey’s ratings of individual FBOs give the appearance of a contest, this is not its purpose. There is no voting, only evaluations by pilots familiar with the service providers and facilities.
Alpharetta, Ga.-based Flight Display Systems named Tom Austin Jr. president. He joined the company from Cutter Aviation, where he was v-p of aircraft services.
Mineral Wells, Texas-based Meggitt/S-Tec named Michael McMillan president of the company. McMillan was a founding v-p of Piaggio America and had a 21-year career with Raytheon Aircraft.
Deep within every accident are messages for improving safety, but some mishaps are particularly provocative and have far-reaching implications. The runway overrun of a Challenger 600 at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in February is one of those events.
Bell 206B3, Atlantic City, Wyo., Aug. 23, 2004–The Hawkins and Powers Aviation pilot was filming and had completed a “high groundspeed” pass when he encountered what he called wind shear and a “15- to 20-knot tailwind” while maneuvering close to the ground. The helicopter did not respond to control inputs and crashed, rolling over, crushing the forward fuselage and substantially damaging the helicopter.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Cushing, Okla., June 26, 2004–The chartered JetRanger was giving sightseeing rides at 8:45 p.m. (three minutes after sunset) when it hit unmarked power lines running 30 to 40 feet above the river. The helicopter crashed into the water, 90 percent submerged. The pilot and a passenger were killed; three passengers escaped with serious injuries.
Lockheed 1329-23E JetStar, Houston, May 15, 2004–On final approach to William P. Hobby Airport, the pilot extended full flaps. The airplane decelerated and rolled uncontrollably to the left. The pilot regained control and landed without incident. On inspection, it was found that the left inboard flap had separated and the attach bolts were still in the flap attach brackets.
Embraer EMB-135BJ, Cleveland, Nov. 29, 2004–When a ground marshaller did not appear to help with parking a Flight Options Embraer at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, the copilot, in the left seat, attempted to taxi behind a parked airplane, guided by the pilot in the right seat. The Embraer’s right winglet hit the parked airplane. It was night and there were no pavement markings or edge lighting.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-35, Carolina, Puerto Rico, April 15, 2002–In IFR conditions with no IFR flight plan filed, the pilot of Mitsubishi N45BS experienced a loss of control while orbiting and crashed into an automobile service facility. Destination was Luis Munoz Marin Airport, San Juan. ATC had asked the flight to hold VFR over the “plaza.”
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