Last Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, was one of those perfect Northern California late-autumn days, and it was a day off so I took my stepfather Dennis flying. Although he has a private pilot certificate he no longer flies. But every time I visit he asks if I can take him flying. This time, the answer was “Yes,” instead of the usual, “No, because I’m not checked out at any of the local airplane rental companies.”
The pilot and two passengers aboard a Cessna 425 Conquest I were killed March 6 after the aircraft suffered an in-flight breakup and crashed about 13 mi from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose, Calif., where the twin turboprop had departed six minutes earlier at 10:29 a.m. The airplane, N444JV, was on an IFR flight plan to La Paz, Mexico, when at about 8,000 ft msl the pilot reported, “I just lost my needle.
The FAA is reviewing proposed noise-compatibility programs submitted for Bradley International Airport, Hartford, Conn., and Reid-Hillview Airport, San Jose, Calif. The agency expects to approve or reject the proposals on or before November 3. Both programs are being submitted under FAR Part 150, and comments on the proposals can be submitted to the FAA. For more information, contact the respective local FAA airports district office.