Raytheon Aircraft Services named Harold “Skip” Madsen as v-p and general manager, and Chuck Curry as general manager of Raytheon Aircraft Services in San Antonio. Madsen, formerly president and CEO of Executive Aircraft, is responsible for the company’s 12 FBOs.
Aviation International News » November 2003
EUROCOPTER AS 350-B2, MEADVIEW, ARIZ., AUG. 10, 2001–At 2:28 p.m. MST Eurocopter helicopter N169PA, operating as Papillon 34, crashed during an uncontrolled descent about four miles east of Meadview. The helicopter was operated by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters as an air-tour flight under FAR Part 135. The instrument-rated commercial pilot and five passengers were killed, and one remaining passenger was seriously injured.
AGUSTA A109E, DALLAS, TEXAS, SEPT. 3, 2003–The Agusta twin-engine helicopter (N143CF) was substantially damaged at approximately 7:50 p.m. CDT during an aborted takeoff from the Methodist Dallas Medical Center helipad. The commercial pilot received minor injuries and the flight paramedic and flight nurse were uninjured.
GATES LEARJET 25B, DEL RIO, TEXAS, SEPT. 19, 2003–Learjet N666TW, owned by Sierra American Corp. of Wilmington, Del., and operated as AmeriStar Flight 982, hit trees and crashed after overrunning Runway 13 on landing at Del Rio International Airport (DRT) at 5:10 p.m. The captain was killed and the first officer was seriously injured; both were ATP-rated pilots.
LEARJET 35A, GROTON, CONN., AUG. 4, 2003–Learjet N135PT, operated by Air East Management, was destroyed on a positioning flight when it crashed on approach to the Groton/New London Airport (GON) at approximately 6:39 a.m. EDT. Two ATP-rated pilots, the only occupants, were killed. The aircraft was operating in VMC after having canceled its IFR flight plan originating from Republic Airport (FRG) in Farmingdale, N.Y.
JETPROP DLX CONVERSION OF PIPER PA-46-310P, HILTON HEAD, S.C., AUG. 31, 2003–P&WC PT6-powered JetProp DLX Piper Malibu conversion N70DL, registered to Hickory Travel and operated by a private pilot, collided with trees, crashed and caught fire during an attempted return-to-land maneuver at Hilton Head Airport (HXD) at 3:29 p.m. EDT. The pilot and only passenger were killed and the airplane was substantially damaged.
CESSNA 650, RAPID CITY, S.D., AUG. 29, 2003–At approximately 4:30 p.m. Cessna N651EJ experienced a right-wing aileron cable failure while cruising at FL390. The flight originated in Marion, Ill., destined for Rapid City (RAP) and was approximately 200 miles southeast of RAP when the incident occurred. The ATP-rated pilot-in-command, the commercial-rated copilot and seven passengers were not injured.
Back in the 1700s the poet Robert Burns wrote, “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men gang aft agley an’ lea’ us naught but grief an’ pain for promis’d joy!” The 108th Congress “scheme” (plan) to have appropriations bills for the 13 government agencies wrapped up and signed off by October 1, the start of the new fiscal year, went “gang aft agley” (went awry), for only three of the 13 bills made it through the process.
The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) has named Washington the “Most Innovative State” this year for developing an online pilot-registration program that funds search-and-rescue projects and maintains and preserves GA airports.
After recent visits to three Florida airports under pressure either to close or severely restrict operations, National Air Transportation Association president Jim Coyne termed the “town hall” meetings successful.