PIPER PA-46-500TP, DAYTONA BEACH, FLA., DEC. 17, 2003–At 9:33 a.m. EST Piper Meridian N155BM was destroyed when it crashed into trees near Daytona Beach. The aircraft was operating under Part 91 on a personal flight in marginal VMC and was not on a flight plan. The non-instrument-rated private pilot and his only passenger were killed.
Florida FBO focuses
Plenty of FBOs at popular destinations offer movie rooms with giant projector screens, comfortable seating and popcorn machines, but Avitat Boca Raton at South Florida’s Boca Raton Airport might be the only FBO with its own movie theater. The FBO is located next door to the Muvico Palace 20, a movie theater famous for its stadium seating, full bar and dinner-plus-movie balcony auditoriums.
The pilot and his teenage son were killed January 31 when their King Air C90, N75GC, crashed into Everglades National Park about 10 minutes after departing from Marathon, Fla., on an IFR flight plan to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. About three minutes before the accident, the pilot radioed ATC that he was 32 miles southwest of Tamiami.
Former HAI president Roy Resavage died last month after a long illness. He was 62. Resavage spent seven years at the helm of HAI, where he led the association through difficult financial times. He is credited with improving operational efficiency and the financial health of the association, as well as increasing attendance at Heli-Expo.
The last time the Super Bowl was held in Miami, in 1999, the concept of regular temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) was yet to be revealed to the aviation world and traffic flowed smoothly, bringing spectators to watch the Denver Broncos crush the Atlanta Falcons 34 to 19. Fast-forward eight years and Miami was again host to the Super Bowl, but this time a TFR kept the skies over Dolphin Stadium free of general aviation traffic.
Lease hangar space now from Enterprise Jet Center at Houston Hobby Airport and you can monitor construction of your airplane’s new home via webcam. The Enterprise site (www.entaircen.com) has a link to the webcam where you can observe the $7.5 million project under way.
When Congress passed the FAA reauthorization bill late last year, it opened the path for the Jackson Hole, Wyo. airport authority to impose a ban on Stage 2 aircraft (less than 75,000 pounds) without the need for an FAR Part 161 study. Last month the airport issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for its Stage 2 ban.
In a rare decision, a federal judge in Jacksonville, Fla., ruled last month that the FAA was more responsible for a fatal accident than the pilot. All four people on board a Piper Cherokee Six were killed on Dec. 12, 2001, when the piston single crashed in heavy fog.
Vail Valley Jet Center at Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), Colo., now has customs, immigration and agricultural inspection services available on site and has upgraded its passenger terminal with wireless Internet access. The FBO has also added scheduled and as-needed maintenance capability, now serving as host to a satellite shop operated by Denver Centennial Airport-based Haggan Aviation.
Bob Walesch since 1984 has held senior positions with four major FBOs and spearheaded the launches of two of them that are located on medium-size business-aviation airports near warm oceans. He’s now the v-p and general manager of the brand-new Avitat Boca Raton (Fla.), which opened late last year.