Busy isn’t an adequate description of life at Teterboro and Van Nuys Airports on a Friday evening the week before Thanksgiving or Christmas. Airplanes idling on the ramp, backed up on the taxiways, as pilots and passengers chafe at the delay.
Aviation International News » November 2005
Robert Hanson, the last surviving member of the Memphis Belle B-17 bomber crew, died October 1 in Albuquerque, N.M. He was 85. Hanson, the radio operator for the aircraft, and the crew flew 148 hours in the aircraft and dropped more than 60 tons of bombs over Germany and France in World War II.
The Airline Pilots Association awarded its 2004 Air Safety Award to Robert Sumwalt, a retired US Airways captain. The award is presented to a line pilot air safety volunteer who has made significant contributions to safety through volunteer service in the association’s air safety structure.
The Nordam Group named Ken Lackey chairman and CEO and John Uczekaj president and COO. Nordam chairman Ray Siegfried II died on October 6. Lackey had served as CEO and president of Nordam since 2001. He was recently named vice chairman and CEO. Uczekaj joined the company as COO in August last year after serving as executive v-p and general manager of Honeywell’s aerospace and electronics systems business.
Beech King Air 200, Bay View, Texas, Dec. 10, 2004–Losing control during takeoff from the Rancho Buena Vista Airport, the Charter One King Air crashed into trees.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Bellevue, Idaho, Dec. 6, 2004–The NTSB blamed the fatal accident of the Salmon Air Caravan on the pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control while on approach for landing in icing conditions. Inadequate airspeed was a factor.
Learjet 25B, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Dec. 20, 2004–The NTSB blamed the accident on loss of directional control due to the failure of the nosegear strut seal, which prevented the gear from centering. It also mentioned as a factor the berm with which the airplane collided.
Beech King Air C90A, Salt Lake City, Dec. 18, 2004–The NTSB said the probable cause was the pilot’s failure to obtain/ maintain a proper climb rate after takeoff and his premature initiation of the turn (low-altitude flight maneuver).
Rockwell International NA-265-80 Sabreliner, Brownwood, Texas, May 9, 2005–The NTSB blamed bird ingestion for the damage to the first-stage compressor of the Sabreliner’s left engine that caused loss of thrust. The incident happened during the takeoff roll, just after V1.
Agusta 109A II, Shoreline, Wash., Sept. 30, 2005–The three crewmembers on board were killed when Agusta N655GS crashed while returning to base. The aircraft, headed for Arlington, Wash., was registered to Ameritech Credit and SBC Capital Services of Hoffman Estates, Ill., was also listed in the FAA Registry. The wreckage was located half a mile offshore.
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