It you’re flying to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS), a word to the wise–call ahead.
Despite having been required to submit a “Category X” airport security plan to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) more than a year ago, Washington, D.C.’s South Capitol Street Heliport remains closed to nongovernment traffic.
Investigators last month had yet to determine the cause of a December 26 fire that destroyed Frontier Flying Service’s hangar at Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Barrow, Alaska. The blaze didn’t damage any airplanes and no one was injured, but the airline lost its two-story building and various ground-support equipment. At press time, insurance adjusters hadn’t finished calculating the dollar value of the damage.
The German business and banking metropolis of Frankfurt lacks a dedicated executive airport, but Christoph Goetzmann, head of the executive aviation division at Fraport, the operating company of Frankfurt’s Rhine-Main airport, emphasizes that business aviation is welcome at the large hub.
AirCare’s Facts safety training company is now basing a mobile emergency procedures cockpit/cabin simulator at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. The simulator can be scheduled for on-site training at flight departments throughout the Southeast.
Corporate Aircraft of Fresno, Calif., is selling a $93,600 RVSM installation package for the Conquest 441. The package includes either a Cessna 1000 autopilot STC’d by AeroMech of Everett, Wash., or the Collins APS-65 autopilot (certification pending).
In the first fatal U.S. business jet accident of the year, a Cessna Citation 560 en route from Hailey, Idaho, to Carlsbad, Calif., crashed during a landing attempt at 6:40 a.m. local time January 24 at McClellan-Palomar Airport in San Diego County, killing the two pilots and two passengers. The aircraft, registered to Goship Air LLC in Ketchum, Idaho, might have been exceeding 200 knots on final approach.
• Controlling earmarking, or “pork” amendments, and restraining lobbyists’ largesse continued to command the attention of lawmakers, and that led to a spate of committee hearings and bills to reduce public concern about lawmakers’ integrity.
Mike Dwyer, helicopter maintenance director for transport services at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, has been awarded the Arkansas Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year Award.
Established by the FAA and presented by the facility manager for the Little Rock Flight Standards Office, the award is an annual competition for the best of the best when it comes to aviation maintenance in the state of Arkansas.
Late last month Sikorsky said it remained “open for business” as a strike by production workers entered its second month. At press time the Teamsters union members had rejected a revised offer from management.