Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, a long-time advocate for general aviation and the lone Democrat in President Bush’s Cabinet, shocked and saddened the transportation industry when he announced his resignation June 20. He oversaw the DOT’s response to the 9/11 attacks, and his 5.5-year tenure was the longest in the history of the agency.
Aviation International News » August 2006
With the FAA planning to consolidate major ATC facilities and its regional offices, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House aviation subcommittee, believes it may take a Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC)-type process to override congressional recalcitrance.
Activity on the pre-owned front has remained strong through the second quarter, after hiccuping earlier in the year. Between December last year and January this year, inventory increased by 45 aircraft, but since January through mid-July inventory has climbed by 90 aircraft, a far lower average monthly increase.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Parks, Ariz., Nov. 8, 2002–The NTSB attributed the Caravan accident to the pilot’s improper in-flight planning/decision making, his flight into known icing conditions and his failure to maintain adequate airspeed. Factors were the pilot’s improper preflight planning/preparation, the icing conditions and an inadvertent stall and spin.
Gulfstream IV, Teterboro, N.J., Dec. 1, 2004– The NTSB blamed the GIV accident on the flight crew’s inadvertent engagement of the autothrottle and their failure to realize they had done so. Factors were the lack of switch guards, lack of an audible warning tone and gusty winds.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Port Alberni, Canada, Jan. 21, 2006–The pilot and two passengers were killed when the Canadian-registered Caravan lost power and crashed into trees while attempting a landing on a logging road in mountainous forest. The other four passengers were seriously injured and the airplane was substantially damaged.
Israel Aircraft Industries 1124 Westwind, Georgetown, Bahamas, May 24, 2006– The Westwind ran off the side of the runway when making an emergency landing at Exuma International Airport. The EMS flight was on an IFR flight plan from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Norfolk, Va., in night visual conditions.
Cessna 525 CitationJet, Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 16, 2006–Nashville Approach cleared the Interstate Warehousing CitationJet for a visual approach to Runway 18 at Murfreesboro Municipal and the ATP-rated pilot checked ATIS. Wind was 240 degrees at three knots and the runway was wet. On final he used full flaps and activated the antiskid system. He touched down on the first third of the runway, and halfway down the jet started hydroplaning.
MBB BK 117, Ponce de Leon, Fla., June 22, 2006–Landing off airport, about 10 miles north of Ponce de Leon, the skid-equipped BK 117 hit trees and was substantially damaged. It was night and the EMS helicopter was en route with two paramedics to a rural area to meet an ambulance and fireman with a maternity patient.
Cessna Citation 560 Ultra, Upland, Calif., June 24, 2006–The pilot of the Aero Charter Services Citation Ultra canceled his IFR clearance when he saw Cable Airport (CCB), his destination, and crashed while landing on Runway 24. The airplane went straight down the runway and stopped about 200 yards beyond the end. It hit trees and rough, uneven ground and came to rest upright, on a heading of 145 degrees.