Bombardier CL-600-2B19, Los Angeles, June 12, 2005–The Skywest Airlines airplane, operating as United Express Flight 6543, touched down at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with the nosegear partially extended. No one was injured.
Aviation International News » August 2005
Bell 206L, New York, June 14, 2005–Bell 206L N78TD was substantially damaged when it crashed in the East River during takeoff from the Port Authority Downtown Manhattan/Wall Street Heliport. The commercial pilot and five passengers sustained minor injuries, while one passenger was seriously injured. VMC prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local commercial sightseeing flight conducted under Part 91.
The 2004 American Jobs Creation Act could have entirely the opposite effect on business aviation due to an “overreaching” IRS interpretation that’s causing many companies to reconsider their corporate aircraft use.
The FAA has rejected all four proposals the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) made to limit traffic at Teterboro Airport (TEB). Anthony Coscia, PANYNJ chairman, made the recommendations at a hearing of the senate legislative oversight committee on June 20.
• The House of Representatives approved appropriations for Fiscal Year 2006 for the Department of Transportation. The House bill allocates to the FAA $14.4 billion for operations, $3.6 billion for the Airport Improvement Program, $25 million to hire some 600 new air traffic controllers and $8 million to add more safety inspectors in the aircraft certification and flight standards offices.
Bipartisan members of the House aviation subcommittee agreed with chairman Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) that the ban on the use of cellphones in commercial aircraft while airborne be continued.
The Inspector General (IG) of the Transportation Department has found that managers at the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Tracon systematically covered up operational errors for seven years, thereby jeopardizing air traffic safety.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has unveiled a program to help air charter companies improve safety. Modeled after the ground service safety program the association launched last year, the initiative for Part 135 on-demand operators is designed to reduce the number of accidents and eventually to lower insurance rates and deductibles.
August is typically a slow month for sales activity on pre-owned aircraft, but growing backlogs for new aircraft are keeping the pump primed for used-aircraft sales this summer.
The battle continues at Teterboro Airport, where the FAA has vetoed plans by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that would restrict aircraft using Teterboro Airport to those weighing 80,000 pounds or less (20,000 pounds lower than the current limit), impose higher landing fees and ban overnight check-sourier flights.