A pair of California Highway Patrol helicopter pilots saved the life of a hiker who was being stalked by a mountain lion just before sunset in the hills about 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. The hiker called for help after trying to scare the cat away by throwing rocks and shouting at the big animal. When the CHP arrived they found the cat standing face-to-face about 20 feet away from the hiker. The pilots flew low over the cat and scared it off, allowing for the hiker’s rescue.
The Gulfstream G650 was nominated this week for the National Aeronautic Association’s 2012 Robert J.
Hawker Beechcraft, which is displaying a King Air 350i this week at Aero India in Bangalore, continues to lead the turboprop market segment in India. Citing JetNet data, the company said 82 percent of the new turboprop business aircraft delivered into India from 2002 to 2011 were King Airs, while 83 percent of the total fleet of registered business turboprops in the country are King Airs. It has also cornered the turboprop market for state and federal organizations in India, with these operators flying more than 20 King Airs in the country.
Both CAE and FlightSafety International have been awarded a Falcon Training Policy Manual certificate by Dassault, allowing the training service providers to offer instruction for Falcon pilots and maintenance personnel. CAE delivers training for the Falcon 10; 50/50EX; 100; 900B/C/EX/EX EASy/EX EASy II; 2000/EX/EX EASy; and 7X. FlightSafety training includes the Falcon 10/100, Falcon 20/20-5, Falcon 50/EX; Falcon 200; Falcon 2000/DX/LX/EX/EX EASy, Falcon 900/C/DX/EX/EX EASy/LX; and 7X.
NBAA recently announced a call for nominations for its annual flying safety awards. This year NBAA has added a new category to recognize the pilots of smaller aircraft because it “believes that safety accomplishments in all forms should be recognized.” With that in mind, NBAA will honor a private pilot’s outstanding safety achievement with the Private Pilot Safety Award. The former Pilot Safety Award has been renamed the ATP or Commercial Pilot Safety Award.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is seeking nominations for its annual awards. Nominations are due by March 1.
The number of fatalities in U.S.-registered business jet accidents last year was the highest since 2008, according to statistics compiled by AIN using data from official accident investigative bodies from around the world.
Greenwich AeroGroup has agreed to buy military aircraft parts and logistics specialist Aero Precision Industries. Among the main platforms supported by Livermore, Calif.-based Aero Precision are F-15, F-16 and F-18 fighters, C-130 transports and helicopters such as the UH-60/S-70, UH-1, AH-64 and CH-47 types.
As of January 1 the FAA’s Airmen Certification branch began issuing mechanic and repairman certificates with a new design on the back of the certificate honoring Charles E. Taylor, who served as the Wright brothers’ mechanic and is credited with building the engine for the 1903 Wright Flyer. Since the introduction of the updated airman certificate in 2003, the mechanic and repairman community has requested that the FAA issue a certificate that represents Taylor’s contributions.
A Beechcraft King Air E90 crashed 20 miles southeast of Amarillo, Texas, at about 6 p.m. local time on December 14. The aircraft had departed Rick Husband Amarillo International (AMA) Airport about 10 minutes earlier into what were reported as high winds. Both occupants were killed and the aircraft was destroyed after it hit terrain.