Bell 222, Aurora, Ill., Oct. 15, 2008–The Air Angels medical transport helicopter hit a 734-foot-tall radio station tower, killing all four people on board, including the commercial pilot, a flight paramedic, a flight nurse and the patient. The accident occurred at 11:58 p.m. in clear weather. The strobe lights on the tower were working before the helicopter hit, but their electrical wires were severed in the crash.
Geography of Illinois
After buying Aurora Jet Center at Aurora State Airport in Oregon, new owner Metal Innovations signed a fuel provider agreement with Western Petroleum, and the FBO became a member of ExxonMobil’s Avitat network. Aurora is a convenient alternative airport for Portland-area traffic, only 22 nm from Portland International Airport and with a 5,000-foot runway. On November 1, Aurora Jet Center will open a new pilot lounge and dayrooms.
DB Aviation is building a new 43,000-sq-ft hangar at its Waukegan (Ill.) Regional Airport FBO. The new hangar, which includes 5,500 sq ft of office space, should open on December 1. In addition to FBO services, DB Aviation also provides charter, management and maintenance services to Chicago-area customers.
Part 150 noise-study recommendations for Palwaukee Municipal Airport in Wheeling, Ill., which include a nighttime ban on Stage 2 jets with a mtow of less than 75,000 lb, were accepted by the city’s airport commission. The proposals now advance to the city of Prospect Heights, Ill., and the village of Wheeling for their acceptance or rejection.
Raytheon Aircraft Services is expected to complete by June 15 the sale of its Rockford, Ill. FBO to Emery Air, one of its competitors at the Greater Rockford Airport. Emery said it plans to retain most of the 43 Raytheon employees and will remain an authorized service center for the Premier I and King Air.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Greater Rockford Airport in Illinois. The program, being formulated under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or denied no later than November 4. Comments may be submitted until July 7. For further details, contact the FAA’s Prescott Snyder in Des Plaines, Ill. at (847) 294-7538 or via fax at (847) 294-7046.
AOPA has proposed that the city of Chicago apply for $41 million in federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding to buy Meigs Field from its current owner, the Chicago Park District. AOPA president Phil Boyer said, “The funds will give [the Park District] significant resources to improve existing parks and create a new one on Northerly Island where there’s adequate space for both Meigs and a park to exist.”
Higher altitude procedures are now in place to reduce low-altitude flying over Lake Michigan by aircraft operating to and from several satellite airports near Chicago. The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association has been working with the FAA to eliminate ATC’s routine routing of many flights over the lake at 4,000 feet.
With some help from Kansas City, Mo.-based Infusion Design, Elliott Aviation has created a new computerized virtual cabin program that will allow customers to “tour” the cabin throughout the interior design process. Elliott expects to debut the 3-D Max/Viz program at the NBAA Convention this fall in Orlando. The system initially will be put in place at the company’s Moline, Ill.
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