How accurate are the NTSB’s published general aviation accident rate statistics and related data? Not accurate enough, according to the Safety Board.
Aviation International News » June 2005
Geoff Goodyear, president and CEO of Universal Helicopters Newfoundland, has received the 2005 Transport Canada Aviation Safety Award for his commitment to accident prevention. The award was established to foster awareness of aviation safety in Canada and to recognize people or organizations that have contributed to this objective in an exceptional way.
Jeff Bosque was named president of Associated Air Center. He replaced Rick Penshorn, who resigned in April for personal reasons. Bosque was previously v-p of sales and marketing for the aircraft completions company. Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated named Roger Wolfe executive v-p of operations for the combined company. Wolfe was most recently general manager and vice president for Honeywell Airframe Systems.
Like the flu and other nasty bugs, the user-fee virus is making its periodic appearance as Congress considers FAA reauthorization, up for renewal in 2007. This cycle’s strain, however, appears to be particularly virulent.
Rupert, W.Va., June 13, 2004–King Air N200BE departed Summersville (W.Va.) Airport (SXL) VFR, having filed an IFR flight plan, but it struck Big Mountain at 3,475 feet in IMC before the pilots could activate the flight plan. The ATP-rated pilot and commercial copilot were killed and the aircraft was destroyed.
Raytheon Beech King Air A90, Pensacola, Fla., Aug. 17, 2004–The pilot of Eclipse Enterprises King Air N45TT took off from Ferguson Airport, Pensacola, Fla., to refuel at Jack Edwards Airport, Gulf Shores, Ala. But seconds after the airplane rotated, the right engine quit because of fuel exhaustion. The airplane drifted right, and the pilot applied full left rudder and lowered the left wing to correct.
Raytheon Beech B200 King Air, Tulsa, Okla., Dec. 8, 2004–After the right engine of King Air N6PE began to “sputter” on approach to Tulsa International Airport, approximately six miles from the runway, the engine quit. The 2,100-hour pilot “looked over at the fuel gauges and both tanks were showing empty.” Moments later, the left engine quit.
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Galliano, La., March 13, 2005–LongRanger N480RA was destroyed when it crashed into the Gulf of Mexico when departing an offshore oil rig platform. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was seriously injured.
Bombardier Learjet 55, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., July 19, 2004–Hop-A-Jet Learjet N55LF overran Runway 31 during the landing roll at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) in VMC. The ATP captain and the commercial first officer were not injured, but the airplane was destroyed.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-60, Ferndale, Md., May 14, 2004–Epps Air Service MU-2 N755AF was destroyed when it hit trees and the ground while approaching Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) in VMC. The ATP-rated pilot was killed.
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