Cessna Caravan 208B, Bethel, Alaska, Jan. 15, 2008–The Grant Aviation Caravan touched down between the runway and the taxiway in the snow removed from the active surfaces; the Safety Board blamed “the pilot’s selection of unsuitable terrain for landing.” Contributing factors were snow-covered terrain, blowing snow and flat lighting conditions.
StandardAero last month concluded a shakedown run of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW600 at the company’s new test cell facility in Maryville, Tenn. The company began work on the $6 million facility in June last year. It is the first test cell dedicated to PW600 repair and overhaul, but the company said it designed the facility to accommodate engines up to 30,000 pounds of thrust.
“Direct observation” of aviation employees during drug and alcohol tests applies only to individuals who are returning to duty after a previous positive test, or if there is reasonable suspicion. The tests apply to only Part 121 and 135 operations, although some Part 91 operators follow the regulations, according to Dr. Quay Snyder, president and CEO of Virtual Flight Surgeons, Aurora, Colo.
Helping others has a long tradition in aviation and continues today with the Corporate Angel Network, Angel Flight, NBAA Build and the Chairman’s Charity Classic Golf Tournament, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and many others. Here at the convention, Universal Weather and Aviation (Booth No. 219) is talking about two charitable opportunities it is supporting.
Safe Flight Instrument Corp. (Booth No. 5194) of White Plains, N.Y., has supported the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) since its founding in 1981 and even made the first CAN flight, bringing a 16-year-old boy home to Detroit after a cancer treatment in New York City. This year Safe Flight is donating $50,000 to CAN (exhibiting in South Lobby 7), while continuing to fly cancer patients on company business trips.
ExxonMobil has donated $500,000 to St. Mary’s CareFlight in Grand Junction, Colo., to help the hospital expand its landing pad and hangar. St. Mary’s serves Western Colorado and Eastern Utah. The new helipad will be located atop a new, 12-story patient care addition. �
Executive Jet Management (EJM) has been designated a Star Participant in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
Plans for European commercial single-engine operations under instrument
meteorological conditions or at night (SE-IMC/night) are progressing slowly and could be delayed further as regulators continue to study the inherent additional risks such flights pose to passengers.
MedAire physicians are administering up to 600 cholesterol tests at Booth No. 1075 throughout the show. The tests take five minutes to process and are free to NBAA Convention attendees.
Cessna has added the Citation CJ3 to its ProTech maintenance program, which allows operators to pay for regular maintenance labor costs via a monthly fee. Maintenance must be done at one of Cessna’s 10 service centers in the U.S. or at a participating authorized service facility around the world.