The airline that operated the Yakovlev Yak-40 regional jet that crashed on approach to Tashkent Airport on January 13 was banned from using UK airspace just a week before the accident. Uzbekistan Airways is on a list of foreign carriers Britain has banned from its airspace due to concerns over the safety or safety-monitoring of airlines by their host countries. The crash killed all 37 passengers and crew on board.
Aviation International News » February 2004
AvCraft Aviation announced it will restart the former Fairchild Dornier 328JET production line in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. Under the plan, the first completed 30-seat 328JET is expected to roll off the production line by the fourth quarter. According to AvCraft CEO Ben Bartel, the company has sold all but two of 18 white-tail aircraft inherited when AvCraft purchased the Fairchild Dornier 328 program last year.
An FAA preliminary report on the January 17 fatal crash of a Canadian airline-operated Cessna Caravan near Lake Erie’s Pelee Island, Toronto, indicates that freezing rain prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot and all nine passengers were killed. Transport Canada has suspended the air operator certificate of the carrier, Air Georgian Express, following a review of the company’s documentation.
Raisbeck Engineering has started Phase 3 FAA certification flight tests of enhanced performance modifications for the Learjet 35. The Seattle-based company expects to receive an STC for the modifications this summer, and modified aircraft will be called the Learjet 35ZR. The ZR mod was announced at last year’s NBAA show with an introductory price of $200,000 installed.
Last year charter/management provider Executive Jet Management added 38 aircraft and a dozen bases bringing its total fleet size to more than 100 aircraft based at more than 50 locations in the U.S. As a division of NetJets, Executive Jet provides charter backup for the fractional aircraft ownership operator.
With the notable exception of professionally flown corporate jet operations, which had no accidents, business turboprops and jets posted more accidents and fatalities last year than in 2002 (71 versus 64 total accidents and 60 versus 51 fatalities), according to statistics compiled by Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla.
When the national threat level was raised to code orange (high) on December 21, most people in general aviation took it in stride. With New Year’s celebrations just days off, new TFRs were issued for New York City and Las Vegas, followed by one for downtown Chicago, and waivers were suspended for sports stadium overflights and the Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone.
Proposed amendments were adopted to clarify the FAA’s anti-drug and alcohol-misuse regulations pertaining to testing requirements; reasonable cause for testing; periodic drug testing; the anti-drug program approval process; and drug- and alcohol-abuse prevention programs.
A jury found Parker Hannifin negligent in the Oct. 16, 2000 crash of a Cessna 335 that killed Gov. Mel Carnahan and his son, and awarded their family $4 million. The family argued that vacuum pumps made by Parker Hannifin failed, causing the recip twin to crash.
West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, Colo., is working with the FAA to amend its Learjet 35/36 RVSM STC to include models with the FC-530 autopilot, FC-200 autopilot and Mark IV wings, FC-200 autopilot and non-Softflite Century III wings or FC-531 autopilot and Century III Softflite wings. The amended STC will allow about 70 to 80 additional 30-series Learjets to meet RVSM equipment requirements.