Brazilian authorities should drop their criminal investigation into the deadly midair collision last September involving a pair of American pilots and instead let accident investigators complete their probe.
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) late last week called on the Brazilian government “to return to agreed international standards and principles in the investigation” of the midair collision of a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 and an ExcelAire Embraer Legacy 600.
ExcelAire has expanded its facilities at Islip MacArthur Airport in Long Island, N.Y., with the acquisition of a 110,000-sq-ft FBO. The facility–formerly owned by Garrett Aviation– offers fuel and line service, as well as passenger and crew services. The company has also expanded the scope of its maintenance, management and charter services as a result of the extension.
Before the naysayers look askance at business aviation in Latin America and suggest that recent years of growth were something of an anomaly, they might consider the recent Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in São Paulo, Brazil, a show that can be described only as a resounding success.
New York-based ExcelAire (Booth No. 405) announced it has added three Gulfstreams to its fleet, bringing the total number of aircraft it operates to 18. The company will be adding a Gulfstream GIII, G450 and GV to the fleet, as well, which includes a Bombardier Global Express, five GIIIs, a GIV-SP, two Embraer Legacy 600s and a number of Hawkers and Learjets.
In a report sent privately to Brazilian officials and airlines, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) says Brazil’s military-run ATC system is “unreliable, unsafe and inefficient.” Labor problems and other disruptions in ATC have “magnified the deficiencies of the ATC system,” the report states, since last September’s midair between an ExcelAire Embraer Legacy 600 and Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 over the Amazon, killing all 154 ab
A Brazilian judge asked ExcelAire pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino to return to Brazil to testify at the August 27 beginning of the trial on criminal charges, but according to Joel Weiss, their U.S. attorney, the two pilots did not return to Brazil to testify. Both pilots were held for 71 days in Brazil after the midair between the Embraer Legacy 600 they were flying and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 in Brazil last September.
The leadership of Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) is collapsing under the pressure of international criticism.
The date is fast approaching for two ExcelAire pilots to testify about the midair between the Embraer Legacy 600 they were flying and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 in Brazil last September. A Brazilian judge has asked ExcelAire pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino to return to Brazil to testify at the August 27 beginning of the trial on criminal charges. Four air traffic controllers were also indicted, and their testimony is due on August 28.
An FAA safety alert cautioning Embraer Legacy pilots against resting their foot on a footrest near the instrument panel because they might inadvertently put the transponder into standby mode has the aviation world scratching its head.