American charter firm ExcelAire and pilots Joe Lepore and Jan Paul Paladino remain entangled in Brazilian legal battles more than three years after the Sept. 29, 2006, midair over the Amazon jungle between their Embraer Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines 737-800 that resulted in the deaths of all 154 aboard the airliner.
Aviation International News » February 2010
The sole fatal accident involving a U.S.-registered business jet in 2009 occurred on December 17 when a Dassault Falcon 20D crashed on the sparsely populated island of Great Inagua in the Bahamas, claiming the lives of captain Harold Mangel and first officer Freddy Castro (the only people aboard the twinjet).
Australia’s Sydney International Airport has modified its parallel runway operating procedures as a result of a November 2008 incident in which the crew of a Saab 340B lost control on approach while it was trailing an Airbus A380 landing on a parallel runway.
The NTSB is investigating the January 5 fatal crash of a Learjet 35A in Prospect Heights, Ill. Owned and operated as a cargo hauler by Waterford, Mich.-based Royal Air Freight, N720RA was destroyed when it crashed into a forest preserve approximately two miles short of Chicago Executive (formerly Palwaukee) Airport (PWK), killing pilot Stephen Ellis and copilot Ryan Daenzer.
After building a parts and rotables inventory of 4,000 line items worth more than $25 million, Constant Aviation is now making it available to the corporate aviation community. “We also have a dedicated team available 24 hours a day and a searchable Web site,” president Stephen Maiden told AIN. Gulfstream, Embraer Legacy, Hawker, Citation and Beechjet maintenance have been areas of specialization
The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) was awarded a nearly $50 million six-year research grant from the Air Force to develop advanced fuels and combustion technologies. A key area in the UDRI program will be the development, validation and field testing of synthetic fuels, including biofuels from varied feed stocks.
The King Air Book by Tom Clements has recently been released. Available online at www.lulu.com, the $49.95 book compiles 15 years of articles that Clements has published about King Airs based on his 37 years of flying the venerable twin turboprops. It is billed as “invaluable for current or future pilots of King Airs.”
Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) of India acquired a 75.1-percent stake each in Australia’s Aerostaff Australia (AA) and Gippsland Aeronautics (GA), a deal worth about $37.4 million. Mahindra said it will retain the existing managements of GA and AA. The company earlier invested $10 million in Mahindra Aerospace’s facility in the south India city of Mallur, which it expects to be ready by July.
NBAA announced that the list of registered operators under the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) has surpassed the 200 mark. The code of best safety practices, released in 2002, is designed to help flight departments achieve high levels of safety and professionalism. IS-BAO is the only aviation industry code of practice recognized by ICAO and the EASA for meeting safety management system requirements.
A new Article 222 of UK Air Navigation Order 2009 makes it illegal “to shine any light at any aircraft in flight so as to dazzle or distract the pilot of the aircraft.” The country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) hopes the article, coupled with new technology used by police air support units, will increase conviction rates.