Aviation International News » July 2003

July 30, 2008 - 11:25am

Socata TBM 700B, Mobile, Ala., April 24, 2003–At 8:12 p.m. CDT a Socata N705QD, registered to Fleet National Bank and operated by Quest Diagnostics, collided with a telephone pole, crashed and burned half a mile short of Runway 18 at the Mobile
Downtown Airport, Ala. The sole-occupant pilot was killed. N705QD was being operated under Part 91 on an IFR flight plan in VMC.

July 30, 2008 - 11:25am

Mitsubishi MU-2B-40, The Woodlands, Texas, May 1, 2001–The NTSB determined that the probable cause was the pilot’s failure to maintain airplane control following a loss of right engine power, which resulted in hitting terrain in an uncontrolled descent. A contributing factor was the loss of right engine power as a result of the fatigue failure of the propeller shaft coupling.

July 30, 2008 - 11:23am

Beech King Air B90, San Jon, N.M., May 14, 2001–The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the accident was the pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control due to his incapacitation for an undetermined reason. A contributing factor was the subsequent inadvertent stall/spin to the ground.

July 30, 2008 - 11:20am

Piper PA-31T1, Graham, Texas, Nov 12, 2001–The NTSB determined the probable cause was the pilot’s failure to discontinue the approach after encountering IMC, resulting in controlled flight into terrain. Contributing factors were the dark night condition, low ceilings and reduced visibility.

July 30, 2008 - 11:19am

Tax-cut legislation proposed by President Bush was passed by Congress at the end of May and was subsequently signed into law by the President. The bill gave the Administration about half of what was desired–$350 billion in cuts versus $726 billion. Whether the legislation will give a boost to the economy remains to be seen.

July 30, 2008 - 11:08am

Citing last summer’s midair collision between a DHL International Airways Boeing 757 and a Bashkirian Airlines Tupolev Tu-154 over southern Germany, the NTSB has recommended that the FAA modify its ATC data-processing backup systems to provide conflict alerts to the greatest extent possible.

July 30, 2008 - 11:06am

Although the FAA has finally commissioned its first standard terminal automation replacement system (Stars), the agency has drastically reduced the number of systems it plans to install at the nation’s airports. And that has caused some people to question the FAA’s commitment to ATC modernization.

July 30, 2008 - 11:05am

Lantana Airport (LNA), named for the nearby town outside West Palm Beach, Fla., was intended as a reliever from its conception in 1941. In fact, the airport played a starring role in a government film, “Our Town Airport,” meant to spur other communities to get behind building their own municipal fields. Sixty-two years later the facility is flourishing in its role, largely due to the efforts of Owen Gassaway.

July 30, 2008 - 11:04am

Jet Aviation has implemented an online registration system for aircraft planning to visit any of its worldwide locations, including Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland; Düsseldorf, Germany; London Biggin Hill, UK; Singapore; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Bedford, Mass.; Dallas; Teterboro, N.J.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. Aircraft operators can reserve aircraft services, hotel rooms, ground transportation and catering online at www.

July 30, 2008 - 11:03am

Teterboro (N.J.) Airport (TEB) manager Lanny Rider told AIN last month that if Boeing follows through on plans to produce a bizliner version of its 717 at less than 100,000 pounds mtow, the airplane would be welcome at his airport. “Let ’em come on in,” he said. Rider’s employer, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, restricts 100,000-pound aircraft from using TEB without prior permission.