GARLICK UH-1H, CLARK FORK, IDAHO, JUNE 21, 2002–The restricted-category helicopter, registered as N114DR, sustained substantial damage after hitting terrain shortly after departing a service pad near Clark Fork at approximately 5:15 a.m. The commercial-rated pilot, the sole occupant of the helicopter, was killed in the crash.
Aviation International News » August 2002
LOCKHEED C-130A, WALKER, CALIF., JUNE 17, 2002–Engaged in a firefighting mission near Walker, the four-engine turboprop broke apart during a low-altitude run to deliver its fire-retardant load. All three crewmembers were killed and the aircraft was destroyed.
PIPER PA-46-310P, OSTEEN, FLA., JUNE 14, 2002–The JetProp DLX-conversion Malibu (N9143B) disappeared from radar at 8:39 p.m. while on an IFR flight plan and flying in IMC. The right wing of the turboprop single reportedly separated in flight, and the airplane fell to the ground near Osteen, destroying the aircraft and killing the private pilot and two passengers aboard.
In the midst of all the major funding and other legislation, a number of aviation matters were addressed:
As part of its ongoing Operational Evolution Plan (OEP), the FAA has begun installing new equipment that will simultaneously provide weather and aircraft position displays on the same controller scopes at en route centers and upgrading the system that sends predeparture clearances to the cockpit.
The FAA has decided that automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) will use a combination of the 1090-MHz extended squitter surveillance link for air carrier and private/commercial operators of high-performance aircraft, and the universal access transceiver (UAT) surveillance link for the typical general aviation user.
The FAA could face a shortage of air traffic controllers in the next decade unless it makes more adequate plans to replace as many as 11,000 current controllers who could leave the agency by 2012, the General Accounting Office (GAO) has warned Congress. And that attrition could affect the safety of the ATC system and increase air traffic delays.
Bird-X’s GooseBuster uses alert and alarm calls recorded by actual Canada geese, which the company says the geese recognize and respond to instinctively. GooseBuster includes both “alert” and “alarm” calls. The former communicates concern over potential danger; the latter is meant to communicate immediate danger and the need for instant evacuation.
Schaumburg (Ill.) Airport (06C) is sandwiched beneath the Class B airspace just west of Chicago O’Hare and sports a single 3,800-foot runway with 100-foot overruns on each end, medium intensity runway lights, but no instrument approach. The airport is home to 120 based single-engine aircraft, 10 multi-engine aircraft and one FBO, Northwest Flyers.
Signature Flight Support acquisition personnel have had a busy first half of the year. Late last month, they closed on a deal to acquire the AirKaman FBO at Jacksonville (Fla.) International Airport (JAX) for an undisclosed sum. The facility, which becomes Signature’s 44th, services corporate aircraft and has contracts for airline refueling and servicing.