Aviation International News » September 2009
San Gabriel, Calif.-based seating specialist Aero Seating Technology is now offering an aircraft seat option that provides three inches of vertical travel. According to v-p of business development Pete Perera, a spring-assist and gas-shock mechanism allows the passenger to “easily raise or lower the seat, which locks at any point when released.”
After successfully developing the market for airbag inflatable seatbelts in new and existing light aircraft, Phoenix Ariz.-based AmSafe Aviation is targeting growth in the airline market and also trying to persuade business jet owners of the safety benefits offered by airbag seatbelts.
An ATR 72-212 operated by Thailand’s Bangkok Airways crashed into a disused ATC tower on August 4, killing the aircraft’s captain and injuring the copilot and six passengers. According to the operator, the airliner had been landing on the resort island of Koh Samui in heavy rain and wind when it skidded off the 4,724-foot runway.
While second-quarter traffic posted by some of the largest publicly traded regional airlines in the U.S. followed the prevailing patterns set by their mainline partners, some carriers reacted to the exercise in “resizing” better than others.
Cessna Citation 500, Oklahoma City, Okla., March 4, 2008–The Board has determined that wing structural damage caused by one or more large birdstrikes
Gulfstream Astra SPX, Atlanta, Sept. 14, 2007–The NTSB blamed the accident on the pilot’s failure to initiate a missed approach and his failure to touch
down properly while landing in rain. Contributing to the accident was the operator’s lack of standard operating procedures and inadequate maintenance of the windshield.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Naches, Wash., Oct. 7, 2007–The Board attributed the
Bell OH-58C, Quitman, Ark., Nov. 16, 2008–The helicopter, registered to and operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, was substantially damaged and its passenger killed when it landed hard in a field at night. Operating under Part 91, the helicopter took off from Heber Springs Municipal Airport around 11:30 p.m. and was flying in support of ground units attempting to apprehend people hunting deer illegally at night.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B100, Rapid City, S.D., June 15, 2009–King Air N4490M, operated as a medical transport under Part 135 by Air Methods, encountered clear-air turbulence during a mission from Gordon Municipal Airport in Nebraska to Rapid City Regional Airport. The patient sustained severe injuries as a result of the turbulence; the four flight crewmembers received minor injuries. VMC prevailed during the flight.