Bell 222, Aurora, Ill., Oct. 15, 2008–The crash of the medevac helicopter into a radio tower was caused by the pilot’s failure to maintain clearance from the 734-foot-tall lighted structure due to inadequate preflight planning and a flight route too low to clear the tower, according to the NTSB. The helicopter was destroyed in the collision and ensuing fire, killing the pilot, flight paramedic, flight nurse and infant patient.
The FAA has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) modifying the airspace over the Hudson River in the aftermath of the August 8 midair between a Liberty Helicopters sightseeing AS 350 and a Piper PA-32R-300, killing all nine people on the
The FAA released its final rule on December 15 making the Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone (ADIZ)–which was imposed in February 2003 as a “temporary” flight restriction (TFR) area in the runup to the invasion of Iraq–a permanent fixture. It will go into effect sometime next month.
AOPA expects the Department of Transportation will publish the final rule on the Washington, D.C., air defense identification zone (ADIZ) days before President-elect Barack Obama takes office.
In an attempt to make a permanent ADIZ more palatable, AOPA met with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on November 10. The association proposed two alternatives to the permanent ADIZ.
Fortunately, it was a clear, sunny day (rather than the proverbial dark, stormy night) over the Northeast when the electrical power gridwork gave up the ghost at 4:11 p.m. on August 14. Though 9/11 jitters surfaced, initial fears of terrorism were quickly calmed. U.S. and Canadian power providers were pointing fingers at each other long before most affected areas had their lights back on.
Operators using the VFR transition route through the Los Angeles Class B airspace can expect a Christmas gift from the FAA in the form of AOPA-backed improvements to the safety and efficiency of the routing. The changes, which become effective on December 25, include modifying the northern boundary of the transition area to align it with Class B airspace revisions that were adopted five years ago.
One of the least welcome rites of passage for copilots is the routine chore of updating the company’s flight operations documents, with Jeppesen manuals probably at the top (or the bottom, if you prefer) of the list. And the post-9/11 flood of TFRs hasn’t made the task any easier.
Officials from the UK’s up-and-coming UAV test airfield are negotiating here this week with several American companies who have expressed frustration with the lack of timely cooperation from their own Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
“The Salt Lake City Winter Olympics security plan is going to be the model of how not to do it. It’s going to go down in history as one of the most knee-jerk reactions to a crisis,” National Air Transportation Association president James Coyne told AIN.
The cancellation on October 12 of the three-mile temporary flight restriction (TFR 9841) encircling the World Trade Center, which had closed New York City’s three Manhattan heliports to civil operations for more than four weeks after September 11, buoyed the spirits of the helicopter community represented by the Eastern Region Helicopter Council.