Bell 407, Malyshkino, Russia, May 10, 2009–The helicopter was substantially damaged when it crashed in the Irkutsk region approximately three kilometers from Malyshkino, Cheremshanka. The accident is being investigated by the Russian government. Russia’s Interstate Investigation Commission told AIN one pilot and three passengers were on board and all died in the crash, while a report given to
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This year’s Greater Washington Aviation Open raised $95,000 for the Corporate Angel Network, the White Plains, N.Y.-based charity that puts cancer patients in unoccupied seats on corporate aircraft for free transportation to and from treatment facilities.
Embraer ERJ 145, Kemi, Finland, Dec. 11, 2008–The regional jetliner, operated
by Finnish Commuter Airlines, sustained minor damage to its tailcone after the auxiliary power unit caught fire while taxiing after landing at Kemi-Tornio Airport. The two pilots, one crewmember and 22 passengers were uninjured. The incident is being investigated by the accident investigation board of Finland.
Nicholas Chabraja of General Dynamics and Robert Stevens of Lockheed Martin have been named to worldwide intelligence-based advisory firm Brendan Wood International’s global list of “TopGun” CEOs.
Following the resignation of president and CEO James Bass, Piper Aircraft has promoted two of its senior executives to assume his duties. Kevin Gould, the company’s v-p of operations, has been named CEO, while John Becker, formerly v-p of engineering, became company president. In a statement to company em-ployees, Bass said, “I have successfully completed my mission at Piper and am leaving the company in very capable hands.
Charles “Charlie” Morris, 90, a former NBAA board member and long-time head of Mobil’s corporate flight depart- ment, died on June 17 in Norwalk, Conn. A USAAC pilot during World War II, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters. After the war, Morris flew for several airlines, including Pan American World Airways, and in 1951 he joined Mobil as a DC-3 pilot.
David Schmidt has been named president of newly formed Tailwind Technologies subsidiary Hartzell Aerospace. He previously held senior leadership positions at Meggitt and Esterline.
St. Louis-based engineering services and structural component supplier LMI Aerospace has appointed Jim McQueeney president and CEO. Most recently he was
v-p for material with Gulfstream Aerospace.
Embraer engineers have begun the next phase in development of the Legacy 450 midlight and Legacy 500 midsize jets, having completed the joint definition phase.
At Boire Field in Nashua, N.H., the terminal ramp is undergoing a major resurfacing, including installation of subsurface wiring, extended drainage and replacement of the ramp mid-field in front of the tower and Macair’s new 23,800-sq-ft hangar. The new ramp should be completed by July 31, according to Macair.
On May 15, the new Hangar 10 FBO at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City fueled its first customer airplane, a Citation Sovereign operated by Cessna. Hangar 10 is building a new 91,000-sq-ft FBO complex with a 28,000-sq-ft terminal. During construction, Hangar 10 is operating from temporary facilities.