“Poor judgment” and “overconfidence” on the part of the pilot caused the January 14 accident of a King Air A90 near Lake Point, Utah, according to the NTSB’s final report. The airplane was in IMC and returning from a skydiving flight when it crashed, killing the pilot and all eight parachutists. The airplane had been stripped of all avionics except for one transceiver and a handheld GPS receiver.
Aviation International News » October 2001
Virtually all cargo aircraft will be required to have TCAS installed by Oct. 31, 2003, under a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) issued last week. Turbine airplanes of more than 33,000 lb mtow operated under Part 121, 125 or 129 would be required to be equipped with TCAS II. Turbine airplanes with mtows of up to 33,000 lb operated under Part 121, 125 or 129 would be required to be equipped with at least TCAS I.
Brazilian certification of the Embraer Legacy is expected this month, following the prototype’s return from its European tour. Only “minor final details regarding interior systems” remain, according to Sam Hill, vice chairman of Embraer Aircraft Corp. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the Brazilian OEM’s U.S. marketing arm. First delivery to launch customer Swift Aviation is also expected this month.
General aviation will have to wait until later this month to learn how it might be affected by the aviation security bill signed November 19 by President Bush in a ceremony at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Ironically, or perhaps symbolically, DCA remains closed to all Part 91 and Part 135 operations.
Investigation has started into the crash of Piper Cheyenne N6134A about 10 mi northeast of Graham, Texas, that killed the pilot and his three passengers, all residents of Graham, which is about 75 mi west of Fort Worth. The twin turboprop crashed and burned the night of November 13 while attempting to reach Graham Municipal Airport on a flight from Wharton, Texas.
D&D Design of West Milford, N.J., received an STC for installation of the Honeywell Mk XXII Enhanced GPWS with the latest 008 software in the Sikorsky S-76B and -C. Software 008 permits the EGPWS to continue mapping by dead reckoning if GPS reception is lost. The EGPWS lists for $48,500. With installation, the all-up cost is about $80,000.
The French government has selected an area to build what it calls a third airport to serve Paris, but the area is in Chaulnes, a distant 85 mi north of the capital. The new airport, which is expected to be operational in 2015, will ostensibly be served by an already planned high-speed rail link to Paris, and two existing highways.
Operators of about 1,100 Honeywell TFE731-2, -3 and -4 engines have until December 31 next year to replace fan rotor discs with improved ones under a new Airworthiness Directive (2001-23-09). The AD supersedes two previous directives that required the removal of certain older discs and established life limits on that disc series. Estimated cost for parts is $20,400 per engine.
Menzies Aviation Group employees Dennis Blair and Sylvie Greleau were two of the casualties on American Airlines Flight 587, the Airbus A300 that crashed in Queens, N.Y., last month. Blair, 55, was Menzies’ managing director and senior vice president for the Americas. Greleau, 40, was director of sales and marketing for the Americas. Greleau worked for Ogden Ground Services, before its sale to Menzies Aviation Group in November last year.
Jet Aviation in West Palm Beach, Fla., was recently named an authorized service center by Embraer for its new Legacy, a 10- to 19- passenger business jet/corporate shuttle version of the ERJ-135 regional jet. Brazilian certification of the Legacy is expected this month (see related story at right).