Swearingen SA-227AC Metro III, Bundeena, Australia, April 9, 2008–The Avtex Air Services Metro cargo flight crashed into the sea after the pilot reported having a minor technical problem. The airplane had turned on departure contrary to ATC instruction.
Aviation International News » August 2008
Van Nuys, Calif.-based JetAviva is expanding its jet training program to include the Cessna Citation Mustang. The company, which has had such a program for the Eclipse 500 since September, plans to begin offering the pre-type rating training in the Mustang later this year. The program is offered in three packages: basic, intermediate and advanced, providing 10.5, 25 and 45 hours of flight time, respectively.
MD Helicopters MD 500E, Sunrise Beach, Mo., May 25, 2008–Landing at a private helipad at Lake of the Ozarks, the MD 500 hit the water; one passenger was killed, the commercial pilot and two passengers received minor injuries and one passenger was unhurt. On approach, the helicopter slowed to a hover, then made a “very quick
Air-taxi firm Linear Air in late June launched Eclipse 500 service in the greater New York City area. Linear Air’s aircraft is based at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., but will be serving major and regional airports throughout the tri-state region, as well as the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. The Concord, Mass.-based company currently operates four Eclipse 500 very light jets and five Cessna Grand Caravan turboprop singles.
Sikorsky S-76, Grand Rapids, Mich., May 29, 2008–The Aero Med Spectrum Health S-76 was taking off from the helipad on the roof of the Spectrum Health Hospital when the tail rotor struck a radio tower; the helicopter crashed
on the roof and was destroyed by fire. No one was injured.
Zurich, Switzerland-based VistaJet Holding on July 1 announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Bombardier Aerospace’s Skyjet International, a “global business jet charter service,” for an undisclosed amount. Skyjet has offices in London, Hong Kong and Dubai. According to VistaJet, the deal propels the charter firm to the number-two position outside North America and allows it to expand operations worldwide.
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15, Saltillo, Mexico, July 6, 2008–The USA Jet Airlines cargo DC-9 crashed on approach to Saltillo Airport. The captain was killed and the first officer critically injured. They were the sole occupants. The NTSB sent a team of investigators to assist the Mexican government in the investigations.
Cessna 525B Citation CJ3, Destin, Fla., July 3, 2008–No one was injured when the CitationJet slid off the runway at Destin’s Fort Walton Beach Airport. The jet is registered to M-A-M Leasing of Cleveland.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Greensburg, Ind., June 1, 2008–The Skydive Greensburg Caravan was at 7,000 feet msl, with 14 skydivers aboard, when the pilot heard an explosion followed by a metal grinding noise coming from the engine. The airplane vibrated and smoke filled the cabin. The engine quit and the pilot shut off
Almost a year after first unveiling the deal, GE Aviation last month announced the completion of its acquisition of Prague, Czech Republic-based turboprop engine maker Walter Engines. The new GE division will operate as Walter Aircraft Engines.