Rockwell Commander 690B, Baker City, Ore., June 24, 2008–The Commander’s right main landing gear collapsed on landing at Baker City Municipal Airport. The pilot told the NTSB that this was “the first flight after the airplane had come out of a five-year landing-gear maintenance inspection.” The landing-gear boss, which houses the clevis attached to the right main landing-gear hydraulic actuator, was found to be fractured.
Aviation International News » August 2008
NetJets pilots last month voted to switch union representation from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP), an in-house group. The final results, released July 1, show that of the 81.7 percent of eligible NetJets pilots who participated in the vote, 97.7 percent opted for the NJASAP while 2.3 percent chose the IBT.
Sikorsky S-64F, Torino, Italy, June 1, 2008– The Erickson Air-Crane aerial firefighting demonstration S-64 crashed in Lake Aviguana, near Torino, in VMC. The helicopter was flying over the lake at 40 to 50 knots to scoop up water when it hit the surface of the lake. The Italian government is investigating the accident. The commercial pilot-in-command and copilot reported minor injuries.
Hawker Beechcraft Beech 99, Bowling Green, Mo., June 22, 2008–A parachutist jumping from the Skydive Factory Beech 99 hit the airplane’s horizontal stabilizer and was killed. The skydiver who jumped just before the accident realized the airplane was going too fast and maneuvered away from the aircraft’s tail section.
The first half of the year saw the number of business jet accidents remain the same as during the first half of last year, while the turboprop segment saw a sharp increase, according to statistics released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety tracker Robert E. Breiling Associates.
Bell 407, Huntsville, Texas, June 8, 2008–Four people–the pilot, flight nurse, flight paramedic and a patient–were killed when the EMS Bell 407 crashed in Sam Houston National Forest in night VMC. The Med 12 flight had picked up a patient at Huntsville Memorial Hospital and was en route to Herman Memorial Helipad in Houston.
A bill introduced in the House of Representatives in late June provides a mechanism for resolving the longstanding contract dispute between the FAA and the air traffic controllers union. It also provides airline passengers with rights to “fair treatment” when facing significant delays due to weather or other extraordinary circumstances.
Bombardier DHC-6 Twin Otter 100, Hyannis, Mass., June 18, 2008–The Wiggins Airways Twin Otter was substantially damaged when it crashed during takeoff from Hyannis’s Barnstable Municipal Airport, killing the ATP-rated pilot. An IFR flight plan to Nantucket was filed for the cargo flight, but VMC prevailed at takeoff.
• Congress took an eight-day break to celebrate the Fourth of July. However, the Senate continued its pro forma sessions to prevent President Bush making recess appointments from a long waiting list. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) instituted these proceedings early in this session so that Bush’s nominees would have to be submitted to the Senate for a vote of approval.
Burbank, Calif.-based aircraft sales, maintenance, charter and management firm TWC Aviation last month placed an order for two Cessna Citation Columbus business jets. At the end of March, Cessna said it had secured orders for 36 of the new large-cabin, intercontinental Citation, which was officially launched in early February.