Aviation International News » April 2009

March 31, 2009 - 5:14am

Atlantic Southeast Airlines made history on February 27 when it flew the
first commercial flight in the U.S. with an all-female, all-African American flight

March 31, 2009 - 5:11am

EBAA France is launching a communications campaign to support the business aviation industry, namely through tax waivers. During the association’s annual assembly last month, president Eric Aguettant said he wanted to take action to avoid EBAA France “counting its dead at year-end.” Aguettant is asking the French government to enforce an in-the-works tax exemption now instead of next year.

March 31, 2009 - 5:08am

Mitsubishi Aircraft has named Hideo Egawa, former Mitsubishi Heavy Industries director and senior executive v-p, as its new president. He succeeds Nobuo Toda, who will assume the post of vice chairman.

Minneapolis-based Shadin Avionics has appointed Dan Nelson, most recently president of start-up materials testing company Swift Nanotech, as its new CEO.

March 31, 2009 - 4:56am

Former FAA Administrator Jane Garvey, who served on President Obama’s transportation transition team, has withdrawn her name from consideration for the post of deputy secretary of the Department of Transportation. After completing the first congressionally mandated five-year stint as FAA Administrator in 2002, she joined the high-powered international lobbying firm APCO Worldwide.

March 31, 2009 - 4:54am

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) warned last month that the excise taxes that feed the Airport and Airway Trust Fund have been lower than previously forecast, while estimates of future revenues have declined because of a drop in passenger traffic, fares and fuel consumption. Meanwhile, the uncommitted balance in the trust fund has been decreasing since Fiscal Year 2001.

March 31, 2009 - 4:52am

Bell 407, Huntsville, Texas, June 8, 2008–The Board determined the probable cause of the EMS 407 accident was the pilot’s failure to identify and arrest the helicopter’s descent. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s inadvertent flight into IMC and the limited outside visual reference due to the dark night conditions, low clouds and fog.

March 31, 2009 - 4:50am

Cessna 551 Citation II/SP, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Dec. 2, 2007–The Safety Board attributed the landing accident involving the CCM Aviation Citation to the pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control during landing rollout. The slush-contaminated runway and the crosswind were factors. After the pilot touched down on Runway 23 at Coeur d’Alene Air Terminal, the airplane began hydroplaning to the right.

March 31, 2009 - 4:48am

Aerospatiale AS 350-BA, Princeville, Hawaii, March 8, 2007–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the AS 350 crash was the failure of maintenance personnel to properly tighten (torque) the flight control servo lower attachment clevis and reinstall a functioning lock washer, which resulted in a flight control disconnect and complete loss of helicopter control.

March 31, 2009 - 4:46am

Gulfstream IV, Sugar Land, Texas, Nov. 11, 2007–The collapse of the GIV’s nosegear on landing at Sugar Land Regional Airport was due to shimmy stemming from improper installation of the upper torque arm pin by the flight crew during preflight, said the NTSB. After the GIV nosewheel touched down, the pilot felt a “violent vibration or shaking.” He applied full back force and the vibration eased but came back as the airplane slowed.

March 31, 2009 - 4:44am

Bombardier Learjet 60/Embraer ERJ 145, Chicago, July 21, 2008–The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the near miss of the Electrolux Home Products Learjet and the American Eagle Embraer was the controller’s failure to ensure the appropriate separation between two airplanes operating on runways where flight paths intersect.