As professionals engaged in business aviation, each of us probably has questions about what lies ahead for our community. Will there be sufficient airspace and runway capacity to accommodate an increasing number of operations without a subsequent increase in delays? Will the ATC infrastructure be improved, and if so, whose voices will dominate the debate for designing a new system?
Aviation International News » February 2005
Cessna Citation 550 Bravo, Bethany, Okla., May 20, 2002–The NTSB determined that the cause of N13VP’s runway overrun during an aborted takeoff from Wiley Post Airport was the anomalous elevator trim system and the pilot’s failure to note its improper setting before takeoff. The aircraft was substantially damaged when it hit two fences, but there were no fatalities or serious injuries among the five passengers and ATP pilot.
Cessna Citation 560XL, Wheeling, Ill., Nov. 11, 2003–Citation N789CN was substantially damaged when it overran the end of the runway during an aborted takeoff at Palwaukee Municipal Airport (PWK).
Cessna Citation 560XL, Stockholm, Sweden, Dec. 1, 2004–The Citation Excel, Swedish registration SE-DYX, operated by EFS European Flight Service, was substantially damaged during landing at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Sweden. The nosegear failed to extend and the airplane sustained skin and frame damage. The two pilots and four passengers were not injured. The flight originated from Plovdiv International Airport, Bulgaria.
Beech King Air 200, Bay View, Texas, Dec. 10, 2004–King Air N648KA was destroyed by fire when it hit trees after a loss of control taking off from Rancho Buena Vista Airport, near Bay View. The ATP pilot and five passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated by Charter 1, of Houston. VMC prevailed and an IFR flight plan was filed for the Part 135 on-demand air charter flight en route to Houston.
Bombardier Learjet 25B, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Dec. 20, 2004–Learjet N252BK collided with a berm following a loss of directional control while landing on 6,200-foot Runway 13 at Eastern Iowa Airport (CID), Cedar Rapids. The ATP-rated captain, commercial copilot and two medical crewmembers were not injured. The Part 91 positioning flight was being conducted in VMC with an instrument flight plan on file.
Mitsubishi MU-2, Englewood, Colo., Dec. 10, 2004–The pilot of an MU-2 declared an emergency after taking off from Centennial Airport, Denver. He said he had a problem and was “shutting down an engine” and needed to return to the airport. The controller cleared the pilot to land on Runway 35L or 35R. The airplane made a left turn for base to 35R but continued past the 35R centerline and then turned left toward 35R.
Eurocopter AStar AS 350B3, Apache Junction, Ariz., Dec. 14, 2004–Eurocopter N971AE was destroyed when it crashed while landing in a Safeway supermarket parking lot. A flight nurse was killed and the commercial pilot and a medical crewmember were seriously injured. The Air-Evac II flight was landing to pick up a patient. The police and fire department had cleared the area and told the pilot about obstructions.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Bellevue, Idaho, Dec. 6, 2004–Caravan N25SA, designated as Mountain Bird 1860, crashed on flat terrain about seven miles south of Bellevue. The aircraft was destroyed and the ATP pilot-in-command and another pilot on board were killed. VMC prevailed and an IFR flight plan was filed.
• The 108th Congress became history at the end of last year and its pending legislation died on the vine. Legislators in the 109th Congress, which was due to convene after the January 20 presidential inauguration, may consider which of the dead bills merit reconsideration and reintroduction. Legislator benefit by way of pleasing constituents comes first, and doing what is best for the country has a somewhat lower priority.
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