Bombardier CL600-2B19 CRJ, Philadelphia, Dec. 14, 2008–The Air Wisconsin CRJ landed at Philadelphia International Airport with the left main landing gear retracted. En route, the crew had noted problems with the left gear and could not get it to lower. They landed with the nosegear and the right gear down and locked. Maintenance had been performed on the landing-gear systems before the flight.
Aviation International News » February 2009
Bell 206 JetRanger, Sabine Pass, Texas, Dec. 11, 2008–Five people were killed when the Rotorcraft Leasing JetRanger crashed into the Gulf of Mexico eight miles south of Sabine Pass. The flight was en route to an offshore oil platform in VMC. The commercial pilot took off from Sabine Pass and failed to make the first 15-minute position report required by company policy.
Bombardier Learjet 23, Tlaxcala, Mexico, Dec. 7, 2008–At 6:15 p.m., the Mexican-registered federally owned Learjet crashed into a lake while on final approach to an unlit day VFR airport near Tlaxcala. The two pilots were killed. The airplane had been descending at a high rate on short final when a witness lost sight of it. It was the second fatal crash of a government-owned Learjet within two months.
Cessna Citation II, Wilmington, N.C., Jan. 4, 2008–The Citation II ran out of fuel and was significantly damaged while landing gear-up at Wilmington International Airport. No injuries were reported. The jet had made three missed approaches to Wilmington in fog before declaring an emergency on the fourth. The left engine had quit on the third approach and the right quit on the fourth.
Sikorsky S-76C++, Morgan City, La., Jan. 4, 2009–A Petroleum Helicopters S-76, en route to a Shell Oil offshore oil platform, crashed into a swamp just north of the Gulf of Mexico coastline. The helicopter had taken off in VFR conditions seven minutes before the crash from Amelie, La., and there were no reports of problems from the crew.
u Even before President Barack Obama took the oath of office on January 20 political analysts, media gurus (press, radio, TV talking heads) and a horde of amateur prognosticators came out of the woodwork to peer deeply into their crystal balls for any insight as to how Congress would react to Obama’s campaign promises and legislative goals.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) has received a gift of $1 million from the estate of long-time FBO Manuel Maciel, most of which will be used to fund the new Manuel S. Maciel Chair for Aviation Safety Research at the FSF. A portion of the grant will be used to develop ways to improve the safety of helicopter emergency medical services.
Because it has not completed guidelines for a Safety Management System (SMS) for U.S. operators, the FAA filed a “difference” with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) early last month over the Jan. 1, 2009 deadline for having SMS requirements.
An FAA plan to consolidate all of the 84 National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters working in the nation’s 21 ATC en route centers into two central forecasting stations has drawn spirited opposition from two unions, the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca).
MAC Aircraft Interior Specialists (formerly McCarthy Interiors) has won a $1.75 million contract to design and build quick-change executive interior kits for two Czech-made PZL W-3A Sokol twin-turbine helicopters destined for use by Poland’s presidential and government fleet.