J. Richard “Dick” Bennett, 88, the founder of Pensacola Aviation, died on November 17 in Florida. A heavy bomber pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, he was later involved in the lumber manufacturing and timber business as well as aircraft sales. He also served as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party before founding Pensacola Aviation in 1977.
It had been a routine flight, right up to the moment that the captain dialed 24,000 into the altitude preselect controller and we began our descent. As I rolled the vertical-speed wheel into a nose-down command, the Citation VII responded slowly, but eventually began a healthy 2,500-fpm descent as we left FL 350 for 240.
Seven crewmembers are presumed dead after a flight of two U.S. Navy T-39 Sabreliners crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle last month. Navy officials said the two jets (military versions of the Sabreliner 40) were on a routine training flight from Pensacola Naval Air Station when they disappeared from radar about 40 mi south of Pensacola in the Gulf, with three people aboard one airplane and four on the other.
“Governor Jeb Bush just left here for Tallahassee. I spoke with him and he said the whole state from the Alabama/Florida line through Destin is just a mess,” Ron Hensel, manager of Sowell Aviation at Panama City Airport (PFN), told AIN on September 17. The governor and his brother, President George W.
CJ Systems Aviation Group is expanding its Baptist Hospital LifeFlight aeromedical program in Pensacola, Fla., with a second base at Mobile, Ala. Baptist Hospital and CJ Systems have taken over responsibility for air-transport services from an operation formerly managed by the University of South Alabama Medical Center.