The DOT has awarded Portland, Ore.-based SeaPort Airlines Essential Air Service subsidies for routes from Memphis to four Arkansas communities starting October 1. Harrison, Hot Springs, El Dorado and Jonesboro, Ark., have gone without scheduled service since June 1 of last year, when Mesa Air Group dissolved Air Midwest, ending its Beech 1900 service to the four cities from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
A U.S. Court of Appeals last month affirmed the preliminary injunction that barred Delta Air Lines from ending Mesa Air Group’s Delta Connection agreement covering 22 Embraer ERJ 145s. A U.S. District Court issued the injunction in May of last year after Delta alleged that Mesa subsidiary Freedom Airlines failed to meet completion rate guarantees.
Bombardier Learjet 60/Embraer ERJ 145, Chicago, July 21, 2008–The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the near miss of the Electrolux Home Products Learjet and the American Eagle Embraer was the controller’s failure to ensure the appropriate separation between two airplanes operating on runways where flight paths intersect.
Hawaii’s Island Air will fly de Havilland Dash 8s between Kahului, Maui, Lihue, Kauai and Hilo as Go!Express under the terms of a tentative code-share deal it signed with Mesa Air Group in late February.
The crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400 that killed 50 people outside Buffalo in February once again has the industry group that represents U.S. regional airlines fielding some familiar questions about the level of safety its members guarantee to the traveling public.
While Cessna Aircraft is closing its Toledo, Ohio Citation service center at the end of next month, the company celebrated the opening of its new Mesa Citation service center at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport last week. The new center replaces the company’s former Long Beach service center in Southern California, which was half the size and had one-tenth the ramp space and no room for expansion.
Bombardier CL600-2B19 CRJ, Lake Michigan, Mich., April 7, 2007–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the in-flight separation of the left engine translating cowling was due to intermittent binding and jamming of the reverser on the accident flight and on previous flights.
Bombardier CL600-2B19 CRJ, Hilo, Hawaii, Feb. 13, 2008–The 53-year-old captain and the 23-year-old copilot fell asleep on the Go! Airlines (a subsidiary of Mesa Airlines) flight from Honolulu to Hilo and flew 26 nm beyond General Lyman Field, the flight’s destination.
Bombardier CL600-2B19 CRJ, Philadelphia, Dec. 14, 2008–The Air Wisconsin CRJ landed at Philadelphia International Airport with the left main landing gear retracted. En route, the crew had noted problems with the left gear and could not get it to lower. They landed with the nosegear and the right gear down and locked. Maintenance had been performed on the landing-gear systems before the flight.
Hawker Beechcraft Services will become the second major business jet OEM service center to leave California when it closes its Van Nuys Airport facility on March 31. Last year, Cessna Aircraft announced that it is closing its Long Beach service center and moving those operations to a new facility in Mesa, Ariz.