Bombardier Learjet 35, Santa Fe, Argentina, Oct. 11, 2007–The Baires Fly Learjet 35 ran off the runway while landing at Sauce Viejo Airport, Santa Fe, Argentina, causing minor damage and no injuries. According to the Government of Argentina, the Learjet’s antiskid control system failed and the right main landing gear tires locked.
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Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90B, Kiev, Ukraine, Dec. 9, 2007–The German-registered King Air crashed on approach to Zhulyany Airport, killing the two crewmembers and three passengers. The flight had originated in Prague, Czech Republic. The Ukraine State Aviation Administration Ministry of Transport and Communications is investigating the accident.
Piper PA-46 Meridian, San Antonio, Jan. 18, 2008–The instrument-rated pilot of the Meridian was killed and the aircraft destroyed when the pilot lost control on an instrument approach in IMC to San Antonio International Airport. The pilot reported that he was having trouble performing a “coupled” approach and that he was trying to “get control” of the airplane before the flight disappeared from radar.
Bell 206L-1 LongRanger, Venice, La., Dec. 29, 2007–The pilot of the Air Logistics helicopter lost control approaching an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico in IMC and crashed into the ocean. One passenger was killed and the commercial pilot and two other passengers were seriously injured.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90B, Port Said, Egypt, Jan. 15, 2008–The pilot and a student pilot were killed when the Nuclear Center Survey King Air crashed at Port Said Airport on a training flight. The aircraft was destroyed in a post-crash fire. The pilots were doing touch-and-goes and crashed on takeoff for the seventh circuit.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90A, Mount Airy, N.C., Feb. 1, 2008–All six people on board were killed when the King Air crashed into a residential area less than 1,000 feet from the Mount Airy-Surry County Airport, the airplane’s destination. Cleared for final approach, the airplane evidently overshot and made two sharp left turns before crashing. Weather was reported as a low ceiling and fog.
• Following the recess for the year-end holiday season, the 110th Congress apparently was in no rush to resume work on leftover legislation and to prepare for new business. The House of Representatives returned on January 15, while the Senate indulged in “pro forma” or “hello and goodbye” sessions until January 22.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) gave “Sentinel of Safety” awards to Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) to honor them for advancing aviation safety.
According to the controllers’ union, LoBiondo has been an outspoken leader on countless issues affecting the lives of working union members.
The Bush Administration’s Fiscal Year 2009 budget request for NASA includes an overall increase for space exploration, but aeronautics research continues to fall short, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) said last month. The request totals $17.6 billion, an increase of 2.9 percent from Fiscal Year 2008.
The chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the chairs of the six T&I subcommittees outlined what they term an “ambitious” program of hearings and legislation for the second half of the 110th Congress.