Aircraft brokers can usually tell when the summer solstice has arrived by the lack of aircraft being sold, but, as some had earlier predicted, the historically inactive months of June and July have for many been indistinguishable from any other this year.
Hughes 369D, Columbus, Mont., May 28, 2007 – The Dylan Aviation Hughes 369 lost power and crashed, killing one crewmember. The pilot and another crewmember received serious injuries and the helicopter was destroyed.
Embraer E170, San Francisco, Calif., May 26, 2007 – The Republic Airlines Embraer E170 and Skywest Airlines Embraer Brasilia almost collided at the intersection of Runway 1L and Runway 28R at San Francisco International Airport.
Hughes 369A, Moulton, Ala., May 13, 2007 – The commercial pilot was killed and the helicopter was destroyed when it crashed in the Bankhead National Forest in Alabama in VMC. The pilot had just bought the helicopter and was ferrying it from Florida to Kansas.
Last month the FAA selected five airports to participate in the Military Airport Program (MAP). The purpose of the program is intended to provide funding to upgrade military airports for civil or joint use as a means of boosting capacity.
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