KING AIR C90, SOMERSET, KY., JAN. 18, 2000–Factual information in the investigation of a King Air–N74CC–that collided with a communications antenna while shooting the approach into Somerset-Pulaski County-JT Wilson Field (SME) in Somerset, Ky., was recently released by the NTSB. An ATP-rated pilot and three passengers were killed in the crash.
Aviation International News » August 2001
CESSNA 525, BRANSON, MO., DEC. 9, 1999–Two pilots and four passengers were killed in the crash of a CitationJet owned and operated by The College of the Ozarks. The NTSB found that the accident resulted when the pilot descended below the minimum altitude on a GPS approach. “Factors relating to the accident were low ceilings, rain and pilot fatigue,” investigators said.
Business aviation operations in Arizona stand to benefit from new legislation that returns certain aviation tax revenues to the state’s airport improvement programs. Arizona governor Jane Dee Hull signed SB1251 into law on May 2, authorizing the deposit of 100 percent of flight property tax revenues into the state aviation fund starting in fiscal year 2004.
The Springfield-Branson Regional Airport (SGF) in Missouri has become the first borrower under a new $300 million airport projects pooled loan financing program created by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
As Washington pundits predicted, the change from a Republican to a Democrat majority in the Senate and the shift in leadership from Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) to Sen. Thomas Daschle (D-S.D.) was not exactly the smoothest transition in congressional history.
President Bush nominated former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration administrator Marion Blakey to the NTSB. If she is confirmed by the Senate, Bush plans to nominate her as chair of the Board.
The board of directors of the NBAA has approved the formation of a Local Business Aviation Organization Committee composed of representatives from local business aviation groups across the country. The interim chairman of the standing committee will be Richard Schuller of Schuller Aerospace Services International, who also is the president of the Arizona Business Aviation Association.
Three senators have written Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta in support of continuing the loran-C navigation system, as recently announced by the DOT, saying the move was long overdue.
Led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, several aviation associations have joined with other transportation and manufacturing groups in Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) to ensure that money collected for transportation projects is not siphoned by Congress for other uses, as has been done in the past.
When he left his vice president slot at the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) earlier this year to become senior vice president of government and technical affairs at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Andrew Cebula had to change his point of view along with the alphabet initials on his business card.
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