When you think about the U.S. Border Patrol using helicopters, the picture in your mind probably includes cacti, not towering pine trees. That image will have to change as the post-9/11 U.S. homeland defense initiative moves to secure all of the country’s borders, both north and south.
The pilot and two of his three passengers were seriously injured October 7 when their 2002 Citation CJ2 landed long at Dexter (Maine) Airport, went off the end of the 3,000-ft runway, crossed an access road and came to a stop 100 ft beyond the runway end in a weeded area. One other passenger reportedly received minor injuries and a small dog on board was killed.
Two new local business aviation associations are forming on the East Coast. The First Coast Business Pilots Association (FCBPA) in the Jacksonville, Fla. area is soliciting members from northeast Florida and southeast Georgia. Membership is open to business aviation pilots. To join, contact Randy Donaldson of the FCBPA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oxford Aviation is planning to move its aircraft refurbishment business from Oxford County Regional Airport, Maine, to nearby Sanford Regional Airport, where it will open a 93,000-sq-ft building next spring. The 4,601-foot runway at Oxford County has limited refurbishments to aircraft the size of a Citation V or Beech King Air.
Raytheon Premier I, Rockland, Maine, Sept. 14, 2005–The landing gear of the Premier I, registered to JIK, of Mission Lakes, Wilmington, Del., collapsed into the right wing during a hard landing at Rockland. No injuries were reported.
The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General’s Office has launched an investigation into charges of fraudulent financial reporting by Boston-Maine Airways, the Portsmouth, N.H.-based airline that flies regional routes with 13 Jetstream 31s as Pan Am Clipper Connection.
Maine Atlantic Aviation has opened a new FBO at Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head, Maine. Also known as Avitat Rockland, the FBO offers amenities such as a pilot snooze lounge, bath, fully equipped kitchen, private workspace, wireless Internet access and a lobby furnished by local artisans.
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