Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90A, Emporia, Kan., Sept. 22, 2007–Following a severe high-frequency vibration in flight and an emergency landing, the King Air pilot found the right elevator trim tab push rod was broken. The NTSB blamed the incident on the improper installation of the trim tab attachment hardware by maintenance personnel, which resulted in excessive wear, fatigue and failure of the push-pull tube.
The FAA has awarded Dassault Aircraft Services Wilmington the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Diamond Certificate of Excellence. It is the highest of five awards an organization can receive for its dedication to maintenance training.
The Alerts (aircraft logging and event recording for training and safety) system developed by Appareo Systems and the Bristow Group received the American Helicopter Society’s Harry T. Jensen Award at the AHS Forum 64 conference in Montreal last month.
MOUNT GAMBIER, AUSTRALIA, DEC. 10, 2001–The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the crash of a King Air 200C (VH-FMN) that killed the pilot and seriously injured the flight nurse.
Due to the New York City metro area airspace redesign, the FAA has introduced three new Stars, effective December 27, for Teterboro, La Guardia and Newark Airports. At Teterboro, the Metro Arrival has been replaced by the Jaike Rnav One Arrival, which is an FMS Star. The Korry One Arrival into La Guardia took the place of the Minks Star. And at Newark, the RBV Star has been superseded by the Dylin One Arrival.
Just a few months after her estranged husband was fatally shot along with eight other members of the Nepalese royal family, Princess Prekshya Shah, 49, was killed when a helicopter in which she was a passenger plunged into a lake in Nepal shortly after takeoff on November 12.
Virtually all cargo aircraft will be required to have TCAS installed by Oct. 31, 2003, under a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) issued last week. Turbine airplanes of more than 33,000 lb mtow operated under Part 121, 125 or 129 would be required to be equipped with TCAS II. Turbine airplanes with mtows of up to 33,000 lb operated under Part 121, 125 or 129 would be required to be equipped with at least TCAS I.
Zodiac has announced the implementation by September of a global customer service and support network for all its products sold under 12 different brand names–Intertechnique, ECE, Avox, IDD, Aerazur, Air Cruisers, IN-LHC, Precilec, Sicma, In-Flex, Monogram and Icore. The existing offices will be regrouped into Zodiac Services Europe, Zodiac Services Americas and Zodiac Services Asia.
Mark Booth, chairman and CEO of NetJets Europe, received the EBACE 2008 European Business Aviation Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to European business aviation. The award was handed over in a ceremony prior to the opening day. Eric Mandemaker, CEO of EBAA, and Ed Bolen, president and CEO NBAA, both underlined in their speeches the leadership of Booth and NetJets in the development of business aviation in Europe.
Bogus and illegally manufactured parts have long been a danger in aviation, but arrests and convictions of the peddlers are generally rare. However, a federal court in Los Angeles has convicted a father and son for falsifying the records for a set of salvaged rotor blades that ended up on a Bell 47 that crashed in New Zealand in 1995, killing the two occupants.