BELL B206L-3, WHITERIVER, ARIZ., JULY 26, 2003–At 10:34 a.m. MST Bell Long-Ranger N6184D, operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) at Fort Apache Indian Reservation under Part 91, was destroyed after crashing near Whiteriver. The commercial pilot and one passenger died in the crash and two passengers were seriously injured.
Aviation International News » October 2003
BEECHJET 400A, ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA., AUG. 18, 2003–Beechjet N51NP, registered to AC Expeditions and operated by Executive Beechcraft, lost directional control on takeoff from St. Augustine Airport (SGJ) at 7:18 a.m. EDT. The aircraft was substantially damaged, but neither the ATP-rated pilot nor copilot was injured. There were no other occupants in the aircraft, which was operating in VMC on an IFR flight plan.
BEECH 1900D, HYANNIS, MASS., AUG. 26, 2003–At approximately 7:38 p.m. EDT Beech N240CJ, operated by Colgan Air, crashed after takeoff from Runway 24 at Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA) in Hyannis. Both pilots–captain Scott Knabe, 39, and first officer Steven Dean, 38–the only occupants, were killed and the aircraft was destroyed.
HAWKER SIDDELEY DH.125-1F, SEATTLE, WASH., DEC. 16, 2002–The NTSB determined that the probable cause for this accident was the crew’s failure to verify that the landing gear was down and locked before landing; failure to follow the checklist and an inoperative landing-gear warning horn were cited as factors. At approximately 7:07 p.m.
Keeping with custom, Congress deserted Washington for the dog days of August with some small sense of accomplishment. Of the 1,570 bills submitted in the Senate and the 2,987 in the House before the recess, Congress tallied but 66 bills and resolutions that were signed into law. The Republican Study Committee reported that of those 66, 35 contained little or no significant costs to taxpayers.
In one of her first acts as chairman of the NTSB, Ellen Engleman vowed to take a fresh look at the Board’s safety advocacy programs, including its “Most Wanted” safety improvements.
The FAA selected the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to be the lead partner in a Center of Excellence program on aircraft noise and emissions mitigation. MIT will lead a team from other colleges and universities, as well as industry and government, to research and develop solutions for mitigating existing and anticipated noise and emissions-related problems.
Just over a year after its merger, ChevronTexaco (the entity that resulted when the two oil giants came together after a landmark $45 billion deal) has released some of the details of its newly realigned general aviation fuel business. Representing only a tiny percentage of even its airline-centered fuels trade, the general aviation sliver of the pie is, nevertheless, an important one to the merged companies, or so they say.
An award-winning bowler in his spare time, Gus Stovall, flight support manager at Dassault Falcon Jet’s Wilmington, Del. (DFJW) base has some sage advice on making a seven-10 split. He said, “Throw the ball as hard as you can, and close your eyes.” Recently promoted to his position at DFJW, the 38-year company veteran has been on a roll to increase market share–but has most definitely been keeping his eyes wide open.
At Jefferson County Airport, Colo., a new rule in effect this month prohibits operating aircraft in the movement area “unless the aircraft operator is a current certified pilot with the intent to fly, or has successfully received a Jeffco Airport-issued movement area badge.” Also, the movement area access badge is now required for anyone to access the maintenance run-up areas on the Alpha taxiway.