Hawker Beechcraft Beech 99, Moline, Ill. Feb. 18, 2008–The Suburban Air Freight cargo airplane had an in-flight fire in the wiring behind the instrument panel, causing minor damage. The pilot put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher and was not injured.
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Bell 206B JetRanger, Zuzenhausen, Germany, Jan. 7, 2008–The German-registered JetRanger, on a pipeline patrol flight, was destroyed when it crashed under unknown circumstances in IMC. The pilot had minor injuries and a passenger was killed. The German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation is investigating.
Cessna 650 Citation III, Caico Seco, Venezuela, Feb. 18, 2008–Citation N385EM reportedly was cruising at FL330 when it went into a dive and crashed, killing all three occupants. The NTSB has not published a report and told AIN that it did not plan to send investigators.
Eurocopter AS 350B2, South Padre Island, Texas, Feb. 5, 2008–The ATP-rated pilot-in-command, a flight nurse and a paramedic were killed when the EMS helicopter, operated by Metro Aviation, crashed into the water while maneuvering for approach in night VMC.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90A, Mount Airy, N.C., Feb. 1, 2008–Six people were killed when the King Air crashed on a missed GPS approach at Mount Airy/Surry County Airport in IMC. The airplane was seen to break out of the clouds at about 500 feet, then descend “rapidly” for about 200 feet.
After gold hit $1,000 an ounce last month and oil reached $110 a barrel on the same day, financial markets continued to experience the turmoil that started the year. All the doom and gloom causes one to take an introspective look at the health of the aircraft sales market. So far, the biggest angst that might be plaguing industry participants is survivor’s remorse as this sector seems to be navigating the economic malaise with aplomb.
• As Washington pundits predicted, the $3.1 trillion budget President Bush proposed for the federal fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2008, received a cold reception from Democrats; Republicans were lukewarm on it. This being an election year, Presidential goals are not necessarily those of lawmakers and contentious negotiations might not resolve differences by election day.
The FAA recently passed a major milestone in the move toward NextGen with the implementation of the 1,000th instrument approach that uses the enhanced GPS wide area augmentation system (WAAS). As of February 14, the FAA had approved 1,028 WAAS approaches at 577 airports, more than half of them general aviation facilities.
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has selected the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Team of public and private sector groups as the 2007 recipient of the Collier Trophy.
In July ExecuJet Aviation will open a new base for its charter and management clients at London City Airport. It is also preparing to establish a new UK sales and operations subsidiary in the nearby Canary Wharf financial center under the leadership of the firm’s newly appointed executive director for group sales, Andrew Hoy, who was formerly with Bombardier’s Skyjet block charter program.