Gulfstream IIB, Santo Domingo, Venezuela, Oct. 7, 2007–The GII struck a tree on approach to Santo Domingo-Mayor Buenaventura Vivas Airport near Santo Domingo. It then hit the ground and caught fire. The airplane was destroyed, and both pilots were killed. The Venezuelan government is investigating.
Aviation International News » December 2007
Hawker Beechcraft Super King Air 200, Bogota, Colombia, Oct. 11, 2007–The RioSur King Air air ambulance pilot reported a problem with an engine on takeoff from Bogota. The airplane crashed into buildings, killing the pilot, copilot, two doctors, a nurse and two people on the ground.
Cessna CitationJet 525, Memphis, Tenn., Oct. 11, 2007–When Citation N241EP was taxiing on Taxiway N at Memphis International, the tower cleared it for takeoff on Runway 36L. The crew began its takeoff roll on Taxiway M, and the tower twice advised the crew that they were taking off on a taxiway.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90A, Pagosa Springs, Colo., Oct. 4, 2007–The Eagle Air Med King Air was destroyed and the three occupants were killed when it crashed in the mountains in night VMC. The flight was en route to San Luis Valley Regional Airport, Alamosa, Colo., to pick up a patient. The wreckage was found just west of the Continental Divide trail at an elevation of 11,900 feet msl.
Bombardier Learjet 35A, Goodland, Kan., Oct. 17, 2007–Breaking out at 250 feet agl on approach to Renner Field, the pilot found the aircraft slightly left of the runway centerline. He aligned with the centerline and experienced an uncontrolled left and right rolling motion. The aileron augment annunciator light came on, and the aircraft hit the runway left wing low, coming to rest between the runway and a taxiway.
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, Naches, Wash., Oct. 7, 2007–The commercial pilot and nine passengers died when the Caravan crashed in the mountains near Naches, at 7:59 p.m. No flight plan was filed for the flight from Star, Idaho, to Shelton, Wash., and the pilot did not obtain a weather briefing. There was an airmet for icing, low-level turbulence and mountain obscuration.
Former Top Gun instructor-pilot Robert Sturgell, who took over the FAA as acting administrator when Marion Blakey completed her five-year term on September 13, has been nominated by President Bush to run the agency for the next five years.
• At press time, appropriations for the 12 government agencies were still in the holding pattern. As of the middle of last month it seemed unlikely that new bills would be approved by November 16, the last day of a Continuing Resolution that allowed agencies to continue doing business at the same spending level as last year.
While corporate aviation has an enviable safety record, one comparable to that of the airlines, some flight departments operate on a shoestring budget with inadequately experienced or trained crews or shoddy maintenance practices, according to NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker.
An exterior paint job on a Gulfstream G550 will typically cost in the neighborhood of $150,000 and, with proper care and maintenance, will last about five years. CareJet Services president Matt Weisman says it doesn’t have to be that way, and his recently launched company offers as proof a new polymer coating that both extends the life of the paint and enhances its appearance.