Paul DeHerrera has been appointed COO of Universal Avionics. In addition, Daniel Reida has been promoted to vice president of marketing, and Don Berlin has been named senior corporate vice president of Universal Avionics Systems. He has also been appointed to the board of directors.
Aviation International News » February 2008
The FAA has proposed extending the enhanced standards for taxiway centerline markings to all 567 certified airports to reduce the risk of runway incursions. It is also recommending regular recurrent driver training for all who have access to the movement area and ramp areas at certified (FAR Part 139) airports.
Hawker Beechcraft Beechjet 400A, Sarasota, Fla., July 12, 2004–According to the NTSB, the double engine flameout of the Flight Options Beechjet was caused by high-altitude ice crystals that accreted on the compressor vanes and were ingested into the high-pressure compressor when the power levers were retarded, causing compressor surges and flameouts.
Bombardier Learjet 35A, Groton, Conn., June 2, 2006–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the International Jet Charter Learjet’s crash into approach light stanchions in the water to be the crew’s failure to properly monitor the airplane’s altitude, resulting in the inadvertent descent into water.
Cessna 525A CJ2, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 16, 2006–The NTSB said that the Zinc Acquisitions Citation’s swerving to the right on landing was caused by the failure of the left main and the auxiliary brake lines due to fatigue cracking, making directional control impossible. A contributing factor was the airport sign concrete pad, which the jet hit.
Aero Commander 690A, Antlers, Okla., Oct. 15, 2006–The NTSB blamed the
in-flight breakup of the experimental Aero Commander on the pilot’s failure to reduce airspeed in moderate turbulence. Contributing factors were his decision to exceed the maximum takeoff weight, and the prevailing turbulence.
Cessna 560 Citation V, Carlsbad, Calif., Jan. 24, 2006–The NTSB attributed the fatal Citation V accident to the captain’s delayed decision to execute a go-around during the landing roll. Factors were his improper decision to land with a tailwind, excessive airspeed on final and his failure to touch down at the proper point.
Cessna 560 Citation V, Cresco, Iowa, July 19, 2006–The Citation was substantially damaged and the pilot and copilot were killed when the jet overran Runway 33 at Cresco’s Ellen Church Field Airport (CJJ), coming to rest in a corn field. The two passengers were seriously injured. The flight was en route from Oxford, Miss., to Rochester, Minn., when it diverted to CJJ.
Aero Commander 500B, Gaylord, Mich., Nov. 16, 2005–The pilot of the Central Air Southwest Aero Commander was killed when the airplane crashed on a nonprecision approach one mile from Gaylord Regional Airport in night IMC.
Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 800XP, Smith, Nev., Aug. 28, 2006–No one was seriously injured when the NetJets Hawker and a Schleicher ASW27-18 glider collided in flight. The Hawker was on an IFR flight plan; the glider had not filed a flight plan. As the Hawker was being handed over to Reno Approach, the captain saw the glider and maneuvered to avoid the collision.