Aviation International News » February 2010

January 29, 2010 - 7:03am

Glenn “Wes” Lematta, 83, the founder of Columbia Helicopters, died December 24. Lematta and his brothers started Columbia in 1957 with a single used Hiller UH-12B in which they offered rides at county fairs. The company grew into a global heavy-lift helicopter operator that today employs 600 and operates a fleet of 30 Vertol 107 II and Boeing 234 Chinook tandem-rotor helicopters.

January 29, 2010 - 7:00am

Greg Alan Caires: Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve, Public Affairs Officer - Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, International Security Assistance Force; v-p of media relations - Cobham

January 29, 2010 - 6:42am

Bell 206L-3, White Plains, N.Y., Aug. 26, 2009–The pilot’s failure to disconnect the ground power unit (GPU) before takeoff caused the crash of the helicopter, according to the NTSB. The pilot stated that during takeoff from a dolly, the LongRanger nosed down and hit the ground, collapsing its landing skids.

January 29, 2010 - 6:41am

Dassault Falcon 20, Jamestown, N.Y., Dec. 21, 2008–Icy runway conditions prevented the crew from stopping the airplane on landing, according to the NTSB. A contributing factor was the failure of the drag chute to deploy properly. The twinjet was substantially damaged when it overran the runway while landing at Chautauqua County/Jamestown Airport around 1 a.m.

January 29, 2010 - 6:38am

Hughes 369D, Price, Utah, July 19, 2008–The pilot’s inadequate preflight performance planning for the takeoff and the loading (which exceeded the lift performance capability of the helicopter) was the probable cause of the crash, which killed the pilot and two passengers.

January 29, 2010 - 6:27am

Cessna 560XL, White Plains, N.Y., April 15, 2008–The Citation Excel was landing at Westchester County Airport when the left landing gear collapsed, followed immediately by the nose and right gears. The twinjet skidded for approximately 960 feet and incurred substantial damage to the lower fuselage before coming to a stop on the runway near Taxiway C.

January 29, 2010 - 6:26am

Cessna 560XL, White Plains, N.Y., April 15, 2008–The Citation Excel was landing at Westchester County Airport when the left landing gear collapsed, followed immediately by the nose and right gears. The twinjet skidded for approximately 960 feet and incurred substantial damage to the lower fuselage before coming to a stop on the runway near Taxiway C.

January 29, 2010 - 6:26am

Cessna 560XL, White Plains, N.Y., April 15, 2008–The Citation Excel was landing at Westchester County Airport when the left landing gear collapsed, followed immediately by the nose and right gears. The twinjet skidded for approximately 960 feet and incurred substantial damage to the lower fuselage before coming to a stop on the runway near Taxiway C.

January 29, 2010 - 6:26am

Cessna 560XL, White Plains, N.Y., April 15, 2008–The Citation Excel was landing at Westchester County Airport when the left landing gear collapsed, followed immediately by the nose and right gears. The twinjet skidded for approximately 960 feet and incurred substantial damage to the lower fuselage before coming to a stop on the runway near Taxiway C.

 
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