On September 13, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey will have completed the first year of her five-year tenure in the position. Is she meeting expectations? Has anything changed? Can any mortal possibly alter the course of what some have called one of the more dysfunctional agencies in the federal government?
Aviation International News » August 2003
The FAA’s concern that a critical part on the Bombardier Learjet 45 “was not manufactured per the type design data” led it to ground the entire fleet of 173 U.S. Learjet 45s on August 13. The UK followed suit and promptly grounded the 11 Learjet 45s on that country’s register.
Under the cover of private funding, Honda has been secretly and very seriously developing its six- to eight-seat light turbofan twin. Though the automaker steadfastly maintains it has “no business plan” to manufacture the business jet, the project aircraft has a name, HondaJet, and the development program is well advanced.
GATES LEARJET 25B, PITTSBURGH, PA., NOV. 22, 2001–At 1:05 p.m. EDT Learjet N5UJ, operated by Universal Jet Aviation of Boca Raton, Fla., was destroyed when it veered off Runway 28L (11,500 by 200 feet) during an attempted takeoff at Pittsburgh International Airport. Both crew-members were killed. They were the only occupants aboard the Part 91 repositioning flight to Boca Raton. The aircraft was in VMC on an IFR flight plan.
LEARJET 25, ITHACA, N.Y., AUG. 24, 2001–The NTSB determined the probable cause of this accident to be the pilot’s failure to maintain a proper climb rate while taking off at night, resulting in spatial disorientation. Additional factors included low visibility and cloud conditions, and the dark night.
BOMBARDIER CL-600-2B19 CRJ-100ER, BREST, FRANCE, JUNE 22, 2003–Air France Flight 5672 departed Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE) in France at 11:15 p.m. with a planned destination of Brest-Guipavas Airport (BES). As the Canadair Regional Jet 100ER (F-GRJS) approached Brest, the crew was cleared for a Runway 26L approach. The aircraft was seen deviating to the left of the runway centerline and above and below the glideslope.
AEROSPATIALE AS 355F1, MADISON, FLA., JUNE 11, 2003–About 1:29 p.m. EDT an Aerospatiale N217ES, registered to Banc One Leasing and operated by CJ Systems Aviation Group, crashed while attempting to take off from a baseball field in Madison. The aircraft was operating as a Part 135 aeromedical flight in VMC on a company VFR flight plan.
BOMBARDIER LEARJET 45, MILAN, ITALY, JUNE 1, 2003–At approximately 3:26 p.m., Learjet 45 (I-ERJC), operated by Linate-based air-taxi operator Eurojet Italia, crashed after takeoff from Milan Linate Airport. The airplane reportedly struck a flock of birds shortly after takeoff, and airport officials later found the charred remains of six birds on the runway.
BOMBARDIER CL-600-2B19, CHATTANOOGA, TENN., MAY 8, 2003–At approximately 12:28 p.m. EDT Canadair Regional Jet N829AS encountered an uncommanded roll during cruise climb in VMC. The aircraft, registered to State Street Bank of Connecticut and operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, was operating as Flight 4690 on a Part 121 scheduled flight. The crew elected to make a precautionary diversion to Chattanooga.
Although the presidential elections will not take place until November next year, the voting public can expect the Bush Administration and members of Congress to gear up and steadily move forward on domestic programs that will have the most influence on voters when it is time to cast ballots. Obviously, President Bush wants to be reelected and, at the same time, retain party control over the Senate and the House of Representatives.