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Aviation International News » December 2007
What a difference a year makes.
Alan Klapmeier, chairman and CEO of Cirrus Design, has been named chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) for next year. Jeppesen president and CEO president Mark Van Tine has been named vice chairman. He will continue to serve as chairman of the association’s international affairs committee.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air A100, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Jan. 5, 2006–The North Country Aviation EMS King Air was substantially damaged when it veered off the slush- and snow-covered Runway 32 at Sault Ste. Marie Municipal/Sanderson Field Airport (ANJ) and hit a snowbank.
Eurocopter AS 350BA, Panamint Spring, Calif., Dec. 30, 2004–The NTSB blamed the accident, which occurred during the filming of a car commercial, on “the pilot’s misjudged lateral distance from a mountainside and failure to maintain an adequate clearance from terrain and obstacles while performing a low-altitude filming maneuver.” During the filming in Death Valley National Park, the AS 350’s main rotor blades hit a mountain.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B300, Englewood, Colo., Jan. 8, 2007–The NTSB found that the King Air drifted left on landing and hit a snowbank because the main landing gear upper torque knee failed due to overstress. Investigators also attributed the incident to the pilot’s inability to maintain aircraft control. There were no injuries.
Eurocopter AS 350-B2, Nuiqsut, Alaska, Aug. 21, 2006–The commercial pilot of the AS 350, the sole occupant, was killed when it crashed into a lake in marginal and deteriorating weather conditions.
Piper PA-42 Cheyenne, Prescott, Ariz., Oct. 18, 2006–The NTSB determined that, during air-to-air photography, the Cheyenne photo ship came too close to the subject MiG’s jet core exhaust, causing the separation of the Cheyenne’s T-tail upper section vertical stabilizer. The Cheyenne, registered to Flying Moose, crashed and the ATP-rated pilot and four passengers were killed.
Fairchild SA-227-AC, Grain Valley, Mo., Aug. 17, 2006–The captain of the Sierra West Airlines flight cited lack of sleep as the reason he made a hard landing five feet short of the runway threshold at East Kansas City Airport at 3:51 p.m. He said that he and the first officer, who was slightly injured, had gone on duty the previous day at 8:30 p.m. at El Paso and had had no sleep since.
Socata TBM 700, Dartmouth, Mass., Feb. 2, 2007–The TBM crashed on a missed approach to New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB) in night IMC, killing all three occupants. The commercial pilot had initially filed a flight plan for BED (Hanscom Field, Bedford, Mass.), not EWB, and when he changed the flight plan to EWB he failed to obtain a weather briefing for that airport.
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