Embraer EMB-110P1, Orangeburg, S.C., Dec. 9, 2005–The Air Now twin turboprop, which was on a positioning flight, lost power in both engines and crashed into trees during a forced landing near Orangeburg. The aircraft was on an IFR flight plan from Savannah, Ga., to Columbia, S.C., in VMC. The sole-occupant pilot told the NTSB that she had flown the airplane the day before and had ordered fuel on arriving at Savannah.
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Mitsubishi MU-2B-36, Terrace, British Columbia, Dec. 20, 2005–The Nav Air Charter Mitsubishi MU-2B-36, C-FTWO, crashed at 6:34 p.m., soon after takeoff from Terrace Airport, killing the pilot and copilot. The turboprop twin, which was on a commercial courier flight to Vancouver, was destroyed in the crash. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating the accident.
Socata TBM 700, Lancaster, Calif., Dec. 27, 2005–While the pilot was practicing engine-out approach procedures in VMC, the TBM 700, registered to Socata Aircraft of Pembroke Pines, Fla., crashed on approach to Gen. William J. Fox Airport. Damage to the airplane was substantial, but only one of the two crewmembers received minor injuries. The turboprop single was on an IFR flight plan and had been cleared to land.
Grumman G-73T Turbo Mallard, Miami Beach, Fla., Dec. 19, 2005–The right wing separated from a Chalk’s Turbo Mallard as it was taking off from Chalk’s Watson Island seaplane base. It plunged into the ocean, and all 20 people on board–18 passengers and two crewmembers–died. A witness said he heard a loud noise, then saw the wing fall off before the amphibious airplane fell into the water in flames.
Before leaving for Congress’s December break the Senate approved a $39.7 billion, five-year deficit reduction bill by a vote of 51 to 50. Among the provisions of the bill are an increase in out-of-pocket costs for Medicare, changes in welfare and child-support programs to save $1.6 billion and a change in the student loan program to save $12.7 billion by fixing the interest rate at 6.8 percent.
The enactment of the FY2006 Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill will restore planned cuts in the FAA’s aircraft certification service, a move that has drawn praise from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The final bill provides $4 million more than the FAA budget request and returns staffing to FY2004 levels.
In a state-of-the-industry press release last month, the Air Transport Association (ATA) again called for a change in the way the FAA does business. The association said that restructuring the air traffic system is a critical first step for the airline industry to return to financial health.
NASA is restructuring its aeronautics research programs, including fundamental aeronautics, airspace systems, aviation safety and aeronautics testing. Among the goals of the restructuring are protecting and maintaining NASA’s key aeronautics research and test facilities as national assets.
At this point, to review MCL submissions, the TSA is using the CBP Advance Passenger Information Systems (APIS) which commercial carriers use to submit passenger and crew manifests for trips into, out of and over-flying the U.S.