The Tennessee Museum of Aviation and Aviation Hall of Fame selected its honorees for this year; the formal induction ceremony will take place in November. Among the honorees are Walter Beech, Robert McNab and James Wolfe. Born in Pulaski, Tenn., Beech founded Beech Aircraft in 1932; the company is now part of Raytheon.
Aviation International News » July 2005
Meggitt/S-Tec announced that it has promoted two employees to director positions. Greg Plantz, formerly the regional sales manager for the Midwest, is now the director of sales; James Brown will become the director of supply chain management.
FlightSafety International promoted John Marino to vice president of government relations. Marino was most recently sales and marketing manager for Asia.
Socata TBM 700B, Mobile, Ala., April 24, 2003–On approach to Mobile Downtown Airport, the pilot of TBM N705QD said he had a “runawayengine.” The ground controller cleared the airplane to land on Runway 18.
Cessna 441 Conquest, Vestavia Hills, Ala., Dec. 10, 2003–On an IFR flight from Birmingham, Ala., to Venice, Fla., Conquest N441W reached 6,300 feet in its climb to 10,000 feet when it began to lose altitude and deviate from course. Declaring a Mayday, the pilot reported the airplane was in a spin. Several witnesses near the accident site reported seeing the airplane descend from the clouds in a nose-down spiral.
Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, North Las Vegas, Nev., Sept. 23, 2003–Piper Arrow N8604N was landing on Runway 12R at North Las Vegas Airport and Mirage N146PM (with a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-35 turboprop conversion) had started the takeoff roll on Runway 7 when they collided at the intersection of the two runways.
Cessna Citation 525A CJ2, Atlantic City, N.J., May 15, 2005–The pilot of Danish-registered CJ2 OY-JET said he “lost the brakes.” The airplane hit the water after landing at Atlantic City Municipal Airport/Bader Field, but investigators found no abnormalities in the brake systems.
Mitsubishi MU-2B, Hillsboro, Ore., May 24, 2005–The pilot, his wife and another couple aboard Mitsubishi MU-2B N312MA were killed when the twin turboprop crashed moments after taking off. VMC prevailed. Preliminary evidence indicates the left engine was not operating at the time of the accident.
Gates Learjet 25B, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb., 20, 2004– Skylink Jets’ Learjet N24RZ was substantially damaged when it struck a fence and building after it overran the runway on landing at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) in VMC. The ATP-rated captain received serious injuries and the ATP-rated first officer sustained minor injuries; two nurses on board were not injured.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-36, Pittsfield, Mass., March 25, 2004– Royal Air Freight’s MU-2 was substantially damaged and the ATP pilot killed when the airplane crashed in Pittsfield in VMC. The Part 135 trip originated in Pontiac, Mich., about 11:30 the previous evening. The pilot picked up cargo in Rockford, Ill., then flew to Hagerstown, Md., where he dropped off cargo. An IFR flight plan had been filed from Hagerstown, to Bangor, Maine.
– The Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration finally surrendered to Congressional pressure and offered a plan to open Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation traffic.