The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and a number of heavy hitters in the air charter industry have created the Air Charter Safety Foundation to promote Part 135 safety initiatives, including an industry-wide standard safety audit and adoption of safety management systems.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), in a response document released last week, reaffirmed its position on user fees and defied the FAA’s position, stating that the current FAA funding structure is sufficient to fund the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
Sikorsky S-76A++, Eugene Island, Gulf of Mexico, Oct. 22, 2006–The Petroleum Helicopters S-76 was destroyed when it crashed into the Gulf of Mexico while landing at the offshore platform Eugene Island Block 259, in VMC.
Swearingen SA-226T, Wheeling, Ill., April 11, 2007–N125WG was substantially damaged during an aborted takeoff at Chicago Executive Airport. The ATP-rated pilot said he felt a “surge” from the left engine as he reached 75 knots on the takeoff roll.
Bombardier CRJ, Milwaukee, Wis., April 1, 2007–Climbing out from General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) Runway 19R at 6:45 a.m., the Air Wisconsin CRJ, Flight 3714, experienced uncommanded nose-down stabilizer trim. The captain was flying.
Bombardier CL-600-2B19, Moscow, Feb. 13, 2007–A U.S.-registered Challenger SE (a corporate variant of the Canadair Regional Jet) was destroyed when it crashed while taking off from Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport.
Cessna Citation 560 Ultra, Farmingdale, N.Y., April 10, 2007–Taxiing at Republic Airport on Long Island, the NetJets Citation hit a parked maintenance van. There was minor damage to the van and the aircraft, but no injuries were initially reported.
The race is on; the first manufacturer to certify, build and deliver a single-engine jet that offers reasonable performance and price might have the market to itself until Piper Aircraft’s PiperJet joins the fray in 2010.
• As anticipated, President Bush vetoed the $124 billion bill for funding military operations. The bill would have required the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq as early as next month. And, also as anticipated, the House, by a vote of 222 to 203, failed to override the veto.
The head of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) told members of Congress early last month that they should support three pending bills that would boost efforts to attract young people to science, math and engineering studies.
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