At press time, the FAA’s GPS local-area augmentation system (LAAS) appeared to be hanging in the balance while agency officials were attempting to determine whether there really was a firm industry need for the system.
Aviation International News » October 2002
In one of her first speeches as FAA Administrator, Marion Blakey promised that her five-year term will be driven by data and hard numbers, be consistent across all FAA regions and offices and emphasize the agency’s role in international aviation.
The lightest end of the business jet market gained another player last month as Adam Aircraft Industries of Englewood, Colo., unveiled a mockup of a twin-engine jet based on its all-composite Adam 500 centerline piston twin. Powered by Williams International FJ33 turbofans, the $1.995 million, six-seat Adam 700 is expected to make its first flight in about 10 months and be in the hands of its first customers by late 2004.
One OEM called it “an adjustment.” Another referred to it as a “reduction in force.” Yet another described an “involuntary separation plan.” But by those or any other names, the meaning is the same– “layoffs.” In the past 18 months, business aircraft manufacturers have announced layoffs of more than 9,000 workers and, barring a reversal of the current economic trend, there will be more.
Raytheon Beech King Air 300LW, Zernez, Switzerland, Feb. 14, 2002–The pilot and copilot of King Air D-ICBC, the sole occupants of the aircraft, were killed and the aircraft was destroyed when it crashed into the Sarsura Glacier in Zernez. The crash occurred at 1600 Zulu while on approach to the Sameden (Switzerland) Airport (LSZS).
Beech King Air E90, Bloomington, Ill., July 21, 2002–A private pilot and his sole passenger were killed when their Beech E90 (N12KA) crashed shortly after takeoff from Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI) in Bloomington, Ill. N12KA, operated by Image Air, was destroyed when it hit the ground about one-third of a mile east of the departure end of Runway 20.
de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter, Surkhet, Nepal, July 17, 2002–All four (including two crewmembers) aboard the Skyline Airways Twin Otter (9N-AGF) were killed when it crashed on approach to Surkhet Airport (SKH) at approximately 1422 local time. The aircraft had departed from Jumla Airport (JUM) at 1404 for the 60-mi, 25-min flight.
Rockwell Aero Commander 690A, Bishop, Calif., Aug. 11, 2002–Well known wilderness photographers Galen and Barbara Rowell, another passenger and the commercial-rated pilot were killed when their Aero Commander 690A crashed about 0123 PDT.
Swearingen SA-227-AT, Beaver Island, Mich., February 8, 2001–Two people were killed, two seriously injured and two sustained minor injuries when the SA-227 (N318DH) crashed into trees while circling to land during a night, nonprecision instrument approach at Beaver Island Airport (SJX). The airplane was on a Part 135 charter flight operated by Air Taxi & Commuter Northern Illinois Flight Center.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-26A, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 22, 2000–The NTSB’s factual report is now out on the fatal crash of MU-2 N386TM. The twin turboprop was destroyed and both pilots were killed when it crashed immediately after takeoff from the San Antonio International Airport at 1432 CST.