The Wright Brothers’ Master Pilot Awards, which recognize pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years, were bestowed on Robert Duncan, chairman emeritus of Duncan Aviation; and Corporate Flight Management founder Reece Howell III by the FAA’s Safety Team.
Aviation International News » February 2009
John Winant, 85, former president of the National Business Aviation Association, died on January 13 at his home in Williamstown, Mass.
Michael Scheeringa, former CEO of Flight Options, is joining Signature Flight Support as president and COO. He will also join the executive committee at Signature parent company BBA Aviation. Bruce Van Allen, Signature’s former president, is the new group marketing director at BBA Aviation, and will remain a member of the company’s executive committee.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air E90B, Ruidoso, N.M., Aug.
Cessna Citation Excel 560XL, Port Heiden, Alaska, April 30, 2008–The Excel ran off the gravel-topped Runway 23 at Port Heiden Airport (PTH) as a result of the flying pilot’s failure to maintain directional control while landing in a crosswind, according to the NTSB. The crosswind was a “contributing factor.” There were no injuries among the six occupants.
Hawker Beechcraft 1900D, Page, Ariz., March 26, 2008–The NTSB concluded that the flight crew’s unprofessional behavior and deviation from standard operating procedures was the cause of the in-flight emergency when the aft cargo door came open and the crew had to return to Page Municipal Airport to land.
Bombardier CL600-2B19 CRJ, Lake Michigan, Mich., April 7, 2007–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the in-flight separation of the left engine translating cowling was due to intermittent binding and jamming of the reverser on the accident flight and on previous flights.
Bombardier CL600-2B19 CRJ, Hilo, Hawaii, Feb. 13, 2008–The 53-year-old captain and the 23-year-old copilot fell asleep on the Go! Airlines (a subsidiary of Mesa Airlines) flight from Honolulu to Hilo and flew 26 nm beyond General Lyman Field, the flight’s destination.
Hawker Beechcraft Super King Air B200, Liberal, Kan., Nov. 16, 2008–At 34,000 feet, the pilot reported a loss of all avionics power and smoke in the cockpit. The King Air landed safely at Liberal. Damage was reported as minor. The turboprop is registered to Radio Flyer of Oklahoma City.
Bell 407, Bow, N.H., Dec. 22, 2008–The Speedway Aviation helicopter lost power about 3.5 miles from the destination heliport, Brigham Heliport in Pembroke, and made a forced landing in Bow. The commercial pilot said there were no caution or warning lights, and the fadec remained in automatic mode. He did not notice any unusual noises or yawing of the helicopter before the shutdown.