A jury decided in favor of Cessna in a lawsuit arising from the Oct. 10, 2001, crash of a PenAir Caravan near Dillingham, Alaska. The plaintiffs, survivors of the 10 people killed in the crash, claimed the Caravan has design defects that make it dangerous to fly in icing conditions, but the jury found “no defects” contributed to the accident.
— Following tradition, Congress escaped Washington’s heat and humidity by taking its customary recess in August. Left pending was President Bush’s nomination of John Roberts Jr., to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who retired. That gave the Democrats time to take potshots at the nominee’s previous court records and opinions and the press time to dig into his past as part of the media vetting process.
Noting that about two-thirds of all general aviation accidents that occur in IMC are fatal, the NTSB recently completed a study to better understand the risk factors associated with such accidents.
The Board used “case control methodology,” which compared a group of accident flights to a matching group of nonaccident flights to identify patterns of variables that distinguished the two groups from each other.
Gregory Campbell, executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport Commission, has high hopes for the airport-operated Avitat FBO. Though he asked visitors to “pardon my dust” during the current renovation, he expects the airport to become an even more popular business aviation destination.
Signature Flight Support has acquired the former PrivatAir terminal at Paris Le Bourget Airport and has broken ground on a major refurbishment of its Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) facility. In Paris, the company will begin refurbishment project to renovate the facility, and the new terminal will replace Signature’s existing terminal as the point of entry for incoming aircraft.
One year ago this month, the FAA said it would take legal action against the city of Chicago because officials failed to notify the agency 30 days before closing Meigs Field. In the early morning hours f March 30, 2003, Mayor Richard Daley sent heavy equipment onto the field to carve trenches across its single runway, citing terrorism worries as his reason.
Tucked into the southwest corner of the Washington ADIZ lies Manassas Regional Airport (HEF), a bustling, rapidly growing general aviation facility with parallel runways and an FAA-operated control tower, and home to three full-service FBOs, four Part 135 charter operators and numerous other aviation-related companies.
Dial the number for Million Air at New Orleans Lakefront Airport (NEW) and there is nothing on the other end. No recorded message about phone lines, no fast-busy tone to indicate a saturated circuit…nothing.
The eerie silence is indicative of the lack of hard information available about the airport on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, at least as of late last month. Only select personnel have been allowed to visit the site.
Travelers on Delta, Northwest and other airlines operating under bankruptcy protection might face longer lines, delays and fuller and less frequent flights, but it’s “business as usual” at Delta AirElite, according to a spokesman.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field, Idaho. The program, being developed under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or rejected next February 13. Comments are due October 12. For more information, contact the FAA at (425) 227-2653.