Eurocopter AS 350B2 Ecureuil, Loris, S.C., July 2, 2009–The AS 350 suffered substantial damage while landing to pick up a patient at a hospital helipad. The tail rotor struck a steel pole, causing vibration and forcing the pilot to land immediately and shut down.
Aviation International News » September 2009
Bell 206L-1, Breckenridge, Colo., July 2, 2009–N38AZ, owned and operated by Mile High Helicopters, was substantially damaged after it rotated during an external lift operation. Although the commercial pilot jettisoned the load, he was not able to regain control of the helicopter and it landed heavily and rolled over. The pilot suffered serious injuries and one person on the ground sustained minor injuries.
Pilatus PC-12/45, Raphine, Va., July 5, 2009–The turboprop single crashed into a pasture during an IFR flight from Teterboro Airport to Tampa’s Executive Airport. At approximately 10 a.m. at FL308 the pilot radioed ATC a partially intelligible message that included the words “lost a panel.” The controller received no response to his request for clarification. Instead, the pilot requested a heading.
British Airways regional subsidiary BA CityFlyer expects to take delivery of its first Embraer E170 some time around September 10 and initially use the 70-seat regional jet for basic flight-crew familiarization and circuit training, according to flight-operations general manager Carl Phelan. Based at London City Airport (LCY), the airline plans to begin flying its first E170 in scheduled service to Edinburgh on September 28.
Bombardier Aerospace has lost its firm order for 15 CRJ1000s from MyAir after Italy grounded the airline and suspended its license to fly on July 24. The Italian civil aviation authority said months of financial troubles had made MyAir’s services unreliable and that it would not allow it to resume operations until it presents a viable financial plan.
The Mesa Air Group CRJ200 pilots who fell asleep during a flight from Honolulu to Hilo on February 13 last year started work at 5:40 a.m. on three consecutive days before the incident, according to an NTSB factual report issued August 3.
The Essential Air Service (EAS) program could see a significant boost next year once FAA reauthorization makes its way through conference committee. So far, the House of Representatives has passed a bill that includes an increase in EAS funding to $200 million from $136 million. Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to raise the amount to $175 million and the Administration’s budget calls for the same increase.
Forty-seven passengers aboard an ExpressJet Embraer ERJ 145 bound for Minneapolis from Houston spent six hours on the tarmac in Rochester, Minn., during the early morning of August 10 due to thunderstorms at their planned destination. Some
After more than four years of contentious negotiation, Pinnacle Airlines has reached terms with the Air Line Pilots Association on a new tentative contract for its 1,282 pilots. Scheduled for a ratification vote this month, the new deal would give Pinnacle’s pilots their first pay raise in five years. ALPA said it would release details after legal review and finalization of the contract.
Republic Airways, on July 31, completed its acquisition of Midwest Airlines, then won a bid last month for Frontier Airlines after Southwest Airlines withdrew when talks between the airlines’ pilots for a new labor deal stalled. Republic paid $6 million in cash and has issued a $25 million five-year note convertible to Republic stock at $10 a share for Midwest. It bid $108.75 million for Frontier.