KING AIR B-200, PIQUA, OHIO, AUG. 24, 2001–The chief pilot for the Hartzell Propeller Co. waited for a chartered King Air to shoot the approach into the Piqua Airport after the turboprop circled while waiting for fog to dissipate. As he heard the airplane on final approach, the Hartzell pilot heard the “terrible sound of impact” followed by silence. The King Air’s ATP-rated pilot died in the crash.
Aviation International News » October 2001
LEARJET 25, ITHACA, N.Y., AUG. 24, 2001–Investigators are delving into the circumstances that caused a Learjet to crash into a fence on takeoff from the Tompkins County Airport in Ithaca. The flight lasted only seconds and the business jet came to rest less than half a mile from the departure end of Runway 32. Both of the ATP-rated pilots perished.
BBA Aviation named James Donlan as president and CEO for Dallas Airmotive and Terry Scott as president and CEO for International Turbine Service. Donlan joined Dallas Airmotive after a 22-year career with Honeywell and AlliedSignal, where he most recently was vice president of sales and support for business aviation for Honeywell’s commercial aerospace unit. Donlan replaced George Darby, who left the company.
When Congress returned from its August recess, both houses set about to debate what to do about the declining budget surplus and what to do about spending.
Helicopter Association International (HAI) president Roy Resavage has written to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to press for an amendment to the 2002 transportation appropriations bill that would help protect reliever airports in the Chicago area.
Prompted in part by NTSB recommendations arising from the July 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, the FAA has developed an enhanced airworthiness program for airplane systems (EAPAS) to increase awareness of wiring system degradation and improve both maintenance and design of electrical systems.
Scandinavian countries are famous for going their own way and it seems only fitting that one of what was originally four nations participating in the Nordic Helicopter Program (NHP) did just that in selecting its new rotorcraft.
Three of the eight U.S. Marine Corps officers charged with wrongdoing in the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor scandal have been found liable to some of the administrative charges. The other five officers and men were cleared of charges that they participated in a scheme to falsify maintenance records. (It should be stressed that being found in violation of a charge is not, under the code of military justice, the equivalent of criminal conviction.)
The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) has pledged $8.5 million to assist Dassault Falcon Jet (DFJ) in its renovation and upgrade plans at New Castle County Airport (ILG) in Wilmington, Del. Dassault acquired the 179,000-sq-ft facility from Atlantic Aviation late last year.
Avcard of Hunt Valley, Md., has signed a fuel agreement with the Chinese National Oil Co., China Aviation Oil & Supply Co. and eight other affiliated fuel suppliers throughout China. The deal also allows Avcard to supply aviation services at all other airports in the country as they are opened to foreign traffic, either temporarily or permanently. Through the agreement, Avcard holders can arrange their arrival at no additional cost.