Date and time of birth was April 2, 2002, at 4:54 a.m. Place of birth was somewhat unusual: inside a Eurocopter BK 117 approximately 1,000 ft above the rural countryside of Maryland’s eastern shore. That’s when little six-pound Benjamin Crittenden entered the world aboard a STAT Medevac helicopter en route from St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardstown on Maryland’s eastern shore to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Don Judy, a mechanic for Addison (Texas) Airport-based DFW Aero Mechanix, was killed last month when the landing gear of a King Air 200 apparently collapsed and the airplane fell on him. According to published reports, the airplane, owned by King Aviation of Dallas, landed at Addison Airport after circling for an hour to burn fuel because its indicators showed that the landing gear wasn’t locked in place.
Flight Options, the Cleveland-based fractional aircraft operator, plans to phase out its King Air fleet, AIN has learned. The approximately 28 King Air 200Bs were among the 111 total airplanes operated by Raytheon Travel Air before it merged its fleet with that of Flight Options in March. Flight Options had no comment on the timing of the phase-out or how it would affect owners and crews.
At its general assembly last month, the European Regions Airline Association commended AIN regional airlines editor Gregory Polek, below, for his article, "Europe's regional carriers blaze path toward recovery" (July 2002, page 82), which had been submitted for the Hank McGonagle ERA Award for Journalistic Excellence.
RAYTHEON BEECH KING AIR 90, ROSEAU, MINN., JUNE 27, 2002–Runway incursions took on a new meaning when the two pilots and two medical personnel on board King Air N911ND escaped injury during a 4:36 a.m. accident at Roseau Municipal Airport (ROX).
RAYTHEON BEECH KING AIR 300, NEAR TULSA, OKLA., JUNE 22, 2002–There were no reported injuries as a result of N224CR’s in-flight separation of a portion of the left-engine cowling during cruise flight. The twin turboprop was owned by Ponca City Transportation of Ponca City, Okla., and operated by Flight Concepts of Tulsa, Okla., under Part 91.
Winners of this year’s Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service talk to Curt Epstein about the past, present and future of helicopter use in firefighting. Click here to watch.
The board of directors of startup Swiss company Aviace confirmed on September 24 that Wilfried Koeck is its new CEO. Koeck was the founder and president of leasing and financing company Airfleet Credit. He replaced Hilmar Hilmarsson, who left the company. In May, Zurich-based Aviace announced a firm order for 112 Eclipse 500 twinjets and unveiled plans to establish a network of “jet clubs” in Europe.
Avidyne and Southern Star Avionics announced they are collaborating on a certification program to bring the Envision retrofit cockpit to the King Air E90. The companies are pursuing an STC that eventually will add A through E series King Airs to the approved model list. Southern Star recently acquired a King Air E90 to serve as a development platform aircraft, installing an EXP5000 PFD and EX5000 MFD interfaced with an S-Tec 65X autopilot.
Plenty of A-list celebrities fly through Farnborough, but the British airport is set to get a serious dusting of Hollywood glitz when it features in the new James Bond movie Quantum of Solace, which is set for release in November. During January, TAG Aviation’s Farnborough facilities were used for two days of filming that saw several chartered business jets brought in to be used in action sequences.