Three twin-turboprop accidents within four days of each other last month claimed the lives of all 13 aboard. On October 15, four people in a Twin Commander 690 were killed when the aircraft crashed near Antlers, Okla. On October 18, five people were killed in a Piper Cheyenne when it crashed during a photo flight with a MiG-21.
Aviation International News » November 2006
The union representing the pilots of SkyWest Airlines regional airline subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines on October 13 began picketing the long-time union-free parent company at its St. George, Utah headquarters. At press time, the sides remained far apart on demands for what the union calls a “moderate” wage increase and work rule improvements.
In an unusual request, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) last month filed a petition with the FAA asking permission to operate without a rotating beacon. The airport has leased to a warehouse developer the land on which the beacon tower stands and it doesn’t want to pay the $300,000 it would cost to rebuild the beacon at another site.
UK aircraft maker Britten-Norman has reached a pay settlement with members of the Amicus trade union. In a deal struck on October 9, the Isle of Wight-based manufacturer reached an agreement with its workforce on pay and other issues, ending a strike that had begun three days earlier. Company and union officials had started to negotiate new terms in January. Britten-Norman makes the Islander line of piston- and turbine-powered aircraft.
Spectrum Aeronautical has appointed Interjet Maintenance of South Africa to handle sales and customer support for its under-development S-33 Independence very light twinjet throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Interjet, which is based at Johannesburg’s Lanseria Airport, will provide maintenance for the Spectrum airframes and also for the airplane’s Williams International FJ33-4A-15 engines.
International Water-Guard Industries signed an agreement with UK-based Reheat International for distribution and maintenance of its aircraft water treatment products for the European business aviation market. “Business aviation is on a growth curve and we wanted to ensure maximum penetration of one of its largest regions,” said David Fox, president and CEO of the British Columbia-based firm.
Cessna formally launched two new business twinjets at last month’s NBAA Convention, making the Citation CJ4 and XLS+ the latest in a steady sequence of airplane introductions by the Wichita manufacturer.
On November 7, Jacksonville, Fla. citizens will vote on a non-binding referendum to give Cecil Field back to the Navy. Cecil Field was a Navy base until 1999, when most of the airport was given to the city under a Base Realignment and Closure program. The airport has four runways, two FBOs and a large aircraft maintenance company, Flightstar Aircraft Services.
The NTSB on October 31 was scheduled to release the final report on its investigation into the crash of a Challenger 600 at Teterboro, N.J., after it overran the runway while attempting to take off. The Feb.
The comment period on a proposal to continue the reservation and slot program under the high-density rule at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) has been extended from October 30 to December 29, the result of requests from several trade groups. The program, which includes a slot-reservation system for general aviation operations (six slots are available per hour between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.) is set to expire January 1.