With certification of Embraer’s Phenom 300 expected before year-end, Flight Options released more details about its fractional ownership program for the aircraft in June.
Aviation International News » August 2009
Despite the recession, charter and management firm Masterjet, headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal, is adding three aircraft to its managed fleet of Dassault Falcon, Cessna Citation and Airbus business jets, bringing the fleet at its Paris Le Bourget base to nine by year-end.
Bell 206A, Barnesville, Pa., Aug. 22, 2008–The pilot’s failure to maintain control of the helicopter during a low-speed, low-altitude maneuver resulted in the loss of tail-rotor effectiveness, the NTSB ruled. The helicopter was engaged in a stunt that involved the dropping of golf balls over a golf course when a witness observed that it was flying erratically with slight roll and fore and aft pitch oscillations.
Embraer E170, Washington, D.C., Feb. 17, 2008–Inadequate ground separation by the pilot of a Republic Airlines E170 was the probable cause of a taxiing collision between it and an US Airways Airbus 319. The Embraer, destined for Rochester, N.Y., was moving in the run-up area of taxiway J at Reagan National Airport when it struck a stationary A319 that was awaiting ATC clearance.
Hawker Beechcraft Premier I, Leesburg, Va., Feb. 12, 2008–The probable cause of the accident was the airplane’s runway excursion during landing, following an encounter with ice, according to the Safety Board. The jet touched down after a normal approach near the threshold of the 5,500-foot-long runway at Leesburg Executive Airport at an airspeed of 100 knots.
Socata TBM 700, Clovis, N.M., Dec. 22, 2008–The Board ruled that the pilot’s failure to complete the before-landing checklist led to his failure to lower the gear. The gear-up landing substantially damaged the single-engine turboprop. The pilot was using the autopilot for a straight-in approach to the non-towered airport’s Runway 22.
Bombardier Learjet 35, Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, Feb. 5, 2009–The jet lost control upon landing at Ciudad Victoria Airport. After touchdown, the aircraft slid off the runway onto the grass and came to rest upright after a 180-degree left turn. The landing gear collapsed, resulting in damage to the landing gear structural supports. Neither of the two crew-members was injured. Mexico’s civil aviation authorities are investigating the accident.
Kaman K-1200, Santa Clarita, Calif., Dec. 17, 2008– The helicopter sustained substantial damage after being upset by a strong gust of wind while standing with engines running and rotors turning. A ground crewman was killed in the accident.
Most aviation professionals aren’t fooled by the “one level of safety” myth, the sound- bite mantra that the FAA trots out for the public, Congress and the media when a regional airline accident, like the fatal February 12 Colgan crash near Buffalo, N.Y., lays bare the truth about the disparate levels of safety between regional carriers and the majors.
Bell 206-L3, Vetas, Colombia, Nov. 24, 2008–The helicopter, operated by Aero Charter Adina S.A., was destroyed and the pilot and two passengers killed when it crashed shortly after takeoff. The helicopter had just lifted off from a soccer field and had cleared nearby power lines when it lost directional control while making a right turn. It then spun to the left, descended and struck the power lines.