Business and corporate aviation faces its most daunting challenges in the six decades since innovative people put comfy chairs, a coffee pot and windows into surplus WWII warbirds for the mobility of industry’s movers and shakers. Nobody envisioned the global financial mess we find ourselves in when they expressed confidence that business aviation is now deeply entrenched enough to ride out the next trough.
Aviation International News » November 2008
The Corporate Angel Network (CAN) achieved a major milestone last month by providing air transport for its 30,000th cancer patient since its founding 26 years ago. The Westchester County, N.Y.-based national charity arranges free transport for cancer patients using empty seats on corporate and fractional aircraft. For the milestone flight, Liberty Mutual Insurance carried a patient from Atlanta to Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
The saga of Ed Swearingen’s 9,250-pound, twin-engine Fanjet, announced in 1986, continues. Emirates Investment and Development Company PSC (Emivest) of Dubai, UAE, the majority owner of Sino Swearingen Aircraft (SSAC), would-be manufacturer of the SJ30 light jet, took the bold step of changing the name of the enterprise to Emivest Aerospace.
Bombardier Learjet 25, St. Augustine, Fla., July 21, 2007–The NTSB did not determine the reason for the Learjet’s loss of power on both engines while on landing approach. The SK Logistics jet was descending from 5,000 feet for a visual approach to St. Augustine Airport. As the copilot reduced power, both engines quit.
Bombardier Learjet 45, Teterboro, N.J., June 25, 2008–The NTSB attributed the Learjet’s landing on a closed runway to the fact that the local ATC controller, working alone on the midnight shift, failed “to follow published procedures and directives.” The controller was aware that Runways 1 and 19 were closed for maintenance work but failed to place the information on ATIS and failed to tell the approach controller, who said he
Cessna 560 Citation Ultra, North Canton, Ohio, Dec. 17, 2006–The NTSB blamed the landing accident of the Citation Ultra on the rupture of the hydraulic pressure hose assembly, caused by internal wear between the hose’s fire sleeve and stainless steel braid, and the failure of the emergency landing gear extension assembly to deploy the right main landing gear.
Bell 47G-3B-2, Lafayette, Ind., July 24, 2008–A fatigue fracture of the carburetor heat control valve spring and inadequate maintenance inspection by the pilot/ mechanic caused the loss of engine power and subsequent crash of the Bell 47, according to the NTSB. The spring had had 832 hours in service. An additional cause was the low altitude of the operation, an aerial application run.
Morane-Saulnier MS-760/B, St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 9, 2008–The cause of the takeoff accident was restricted elevator movement caused by a seatbelt that was buckled around the copilot control stick, according to the NTSB. The pilot was unable to see the seat belt, and the Board cited his failure to check the flight controls before flight as an additional cause.
Fairchild SA-227-AC, Carlsbad, N.M., Aug. 31, 2008–The NTSB determined that the McNeely Charter Service Metro turboprop lost its door in flight because the door failed to remain secure for undetermined reasons. The captain, a 12,250-hour ATP with 5,200 hours in make and model, said he secured the door normally but couldn’t remember whether he saw that it was closed.
Cessna 172 and Dassault Falcon 200, Teterboro, N.J., July 9, 2008–The NTSB blamed the Teterboro Airport (TEB) runway incursion on the ground controller’s failure to instruct the pilot of the Cessna 172 that was taxiing in after landing to hold short of Runway 24, on which the Falcon had been cleared for takeoff by the tower controller.
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