Bob Blouin, former senior v-p of operations for NBAA and current president of the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association, formed SkyGroup Associates with an office at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Aviation International News » June 2006
An ATP corporate pilot who is a Gold Seal CFI and safety counselor is currently working on a rulemaking petition to allow pilots to accomplish the FAR 135.299(a) line operational evaluation in an approved level-C simulator in lieu of a line check in an aircraft.
All the public uproar and the introduction of numerous bills seeking to control lobbying abuse prompted by the scandals involving one-time, big-time lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.), convicted of taking bribes from defense contractors, have produced what might be only watered-down results.
Even though Ellen Engleman Conners vowed last December that she would serve out the remainder of her term on the NTSB as a member “and not be tied down as chairman,” she submitted her resignation to President Bush in April, effective May 31.
Despite the installation of runway collision avoidance equipment at many of the nation’s largest airports, recently there has been an increase in the number and severity of runway incursions at three major airports.
The chartered Bombardier Challenger 600 sat on the ramp at Montrose Regional Airport in Colorado for 40 to 45 minutes on Nov. 28, 2004. Snow was falling and the temperature was below freezing. The jet had flown from Van Nuys, Calif., to Montrose, where actress Susan St. James got off the airplane. Her husband, NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol, and two sons were continuing on to Indiana.
Raytheon Hawker 1000 (BAE 125-1000A), San Francisco, Sept. 11, 2004–The NTSB attributed the Hawker 1000 accident to an electrical arc from an undetermined source, which initiated a hydraulic line rupture, resulting in an equipment bay fire.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Cleveland, Ohio, June 25, 2005–A failure of the main drive shaft for undetermined reasons, the NTSB concluded, caused the total loss of engine power in the Bell 206B JetRanger. A factor in the accident was the pilot’s improper flare.
Socata TBM 700, Lancaster, Calif., Dec. 27, 2005–The NTSB blamed the crash of a Socata TBM 700 on the student’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed and the instructor’s inadequate supervision and delayed remedial response.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Gulf of Mexico, Aug. 18, 2005–The NTSB concluded that the pilot’s improper fuel calculations caused the Air Logistics JetRanger to crash into the Gulf of Mexico because of fuel exhaustion. The pilot had enough fuel for approximately one hour and 50 minutes with no reserve when he flew to an oil platform, where oil was spotted on the side of the fuselage.
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