Bell 206B JetRanger, Nokomis, Fla., Sept. 11, 2007–On a racing boat photo shoot for Powerboat magazine, the helicopter was flying about 85 mph at about seven to 10 feet off the water, about 100 yards ahead of the boat. It was crabbing about five degrees, with the photographer shooting out the back door.
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Hughes 369D, Ellensburg, Wash., Sept. 8, 2007–While the helicopter was hovering on a Yakima River canyon hillside, a passenger got out, hit the rotor disc and was killed. Northwest Helicopter was on a bighorn-sheep-relocating mission for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Cross City, Fla., Sept. 5, 2007–The Paragon Air Express Caravan lost power and made a forced landing in trees. While the Caravan was at cruise at 11,000 feet, the engine suddenly failed and the engine gauges went to zero. The commercial pilot declared an emergency; ATC told him that Cross City, 29 miles away, was the closest airport.
Short Bros. SC-7, McGrath, Alaska, Sept. 1 and Sept. 20, 2007–On September 1, the Arctic Circle Air Service Short Skyvan was substantially damaged when the nosegear strut collapsed on landing at a remote lodge’s gravel airstrip.
On September 10, Arctic Circle’s director of maintenance said that the fuselage received structural damage aft of the nosegear when it collapsed.
Bombardier Learjet 60, Westhampton, N.Y., Aug. 23, 2007–Descending to FL380, the pilot noticed that the anti-skid light, “No. 1 Wheel–Left Outboard” was on and he turned the switch off according to the checklist. On descent at Westhampton, he recycled the anti-skid switch twice, with “normal” indications. He then left the anti-skid on.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90, Chattanooga, Tenn., Sept. 20, 2007–No one was killed when the King Air, on final for Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, lost power and crashed into a utility pole in a shopping center parking lot a half mile from the runway. The airplane was destroyed.
Bombardier Learjet 35, Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 2007–At 3:13 a.m., the sole controller in the Washington Dulles International Airport tower instructed Learjet N66NJ to taxi into position and hold on Runway 19R, which was closed and unlit. The airplane was then cleared to take off on the 11,501-foot runway. The departure controller noticed the radar target and questioned the tower controller about the status of the runway.
• By a vote of 404 to 14, the House of Representatives passed a stopgap funding bill that would keep government agencies running until November 16. Included were the various aviation-related taxes that fund FAA operations. The new budget year started October 1 and, at that time, none of the 12 appropriations bills funding government agencies had been signed into law.
To bring the U.S. in line with the international definitions of runway incursions, the FAA has adopted the ICAO standards, effective immediately. The biggest difference between the two definitions is that ICAO defines a runway incursion as any unauthorized intrusion onto a runway, regardless of whether an aircraft presents a potential conflict.
The International Civil Aviation Organization agreed at its fall meeting in Montreal to create a new group of senior government officials to recommend an aggressive ICAO program of action on international aviation and climate change.