Eurocopter AS 355/EC 130, New York, March 22, 2008–A Liberty Helicopter Eurocopter AS 355 struck an idling Liberty Eurocopter EC 130 on takeoff from the West 30th Street Heliport. The AS 355’s skid hit the main rotor of the stationary EC 130. Damage was not substantial enough to be classified an accident and no injuries were reported for the AS 355 pilot and four passengers or the EC 130 pilot and five passengers.
Aviation International News » May 2008
Bombardier Learjet 35, San Antonio, March 15, 2008–The American Jet International Learjet 35 overran Runway 21 landing at San Antonio. The two crewmembers, the only occupants, were not injured.
Cessna 500 Citation I, Oklahoma City, March 4–The Southwest Orthopedic and Sport Medicine Clinic’s Citation I was destroyed when control was lost soon after takeoff from Wiley Post Airport. The ATP-rated pilot, commercial copilot and three passengers were killed.
Hawker Beechcraft 1900D, Nbagu, Nigeria, March 15, 2008–All three occupants were killed and the aircraft destroyed when the Wings Aviation 1900 crashed in Nbagu village. The ferry flight was en route from Lagos to Obudu.
Cessna 500 Citation I, Farnborough, Kent, England, March 30, 2008–The crew of the Bahamian-registered Citation I reported engine vibration soon after takeoff from Biggin Hill and called “Mayday” before being cleared to return to land. The jet hit a residence about three miles from the airport. All five people on board were killed, including the pilot, copilot and touring car driver David Leslie and team owner Richard Lloyd.
Bombardier Challenger 600-2A12, Grand Junction, Colo., March 24, 2008–The main cabin door fell off the Challenger on takeoff from Grand Junction Regional Airport. The crew squawked 7700, entered a downwind for Runway 29 and landed safely. There were no injuries. The jet is registered to WFP Investments of Snowmass Village, Colo.
• Congress recessed for a couple of weeks at Easter time. “Pro forma” sessions continued in the Senate. To keep President Bush from making recess appointments for a number of government positions, the Senate convenes and adjourns in a matter of minutes, thereby blocking presidential action.
Transportation Secretary Mary Peters has tapped Marie Kennington-Gardiner of Staten Island to serve as director of the New York Integration Office, created by the DOT last year as part of a coordinated effort to address chronic aviation delays in the New York region.
National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) president Patrick Forrey raised more than a few eyebrows in a recent speech at the Washington Aero Club, calling on Congress to order an immediate, comprehensive evaluation of the NextGen ATC system before any more funds are expended.
Last year Swedish composites technology specialist Lamera introduced Hybrix, a stainless-steel “fiber-filled sandwich” that looks and behaves like a regular stainless-steel solid sheet that can be processed and formed with the same tools but weighs half as much. This year, in partnership with Sandvik Decorex, it has re-introduced Hybrix in permanent colors and surface textures under the DecoBrix brand.