Cessna 560 Citation V Ultra, Woodruff, Wis., Jan. 5, 2006–Citation V Ultra N391QS, registered to NetJets Sales, was substantially damaged when the right wing hit the runway while landing at Lakeland Airport/Noble F. Lee Memorial Field at 8 a.m. The airplane then ran off the runway into a snow bank. There were no injuries to the ATP-rated pilot and copilot and five passengers.
Bombardier Challenger 600, Aspen, Colo., Feb. 9, 2006–Encountering what the pilot said were wake vortices from a BAe 146 taking off from Runway 33 at Pitkin County Airport, the Challenger was substantially damaged as it landed on Runway 15. At 50 feet agl, the Challenger rolled hard to the left and the stall warning horn sounded.
Swearingen SA-226TC Metro, Paris, Tenn., Feb. 8, 2006–The Tri-Coastal Airlines Metro crashed “in a nose-down, near-vertical attitude,” said the NTSB. The cargo flight was en route from Dayton, Ohio, to Harlingen, Texas, in VMC on an IFR flight plan. The ATP pilot, the sole occupant, was killed and the airplane destroyed.
When the GAMA executive board was in Washington, D.C., for the industry briefing earlier this year, acting NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker assured GAMA members that the Safety Board “has its eye on the GA ball.”
Though active only in evening and night hours, they will be in effect through December 31 and are likely to be renewed. Originally extending from 12,000 feet to 14,000 feet, they are expected to be changed to extend from 14,000 feet to 16,000 feet. The TFRs were issued in response to U.S. Customs Service and Border Patrol unmanned aerial vehicle surveillance operations.
Erica Sheward’s long-awaited book Aviation Food Safety is now available from Blackwell Publishing, 9600 Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2DK, England, telephone +44 1865 776868, or contact Castle Kitchens at +44 1903 891400, www.castle kitchens.com. Sheward is technical director for Castle Kitchens and a long-time advocate of safety in food handling in the aviation industry.
Transportation Department Inspector General Kenneth Mead, a tireless ally of disgruntled airline passengers and often a thorn in the side of the nation’s airlines, resigned last month after nearly nine years to join a Washington law firm. The DOT has not yet named his successor.
The effort began in May last year with the formation of a collaborative decision-making workgroup. The initiative, called the Airspace Flow Program, is meant to replace multiple ground delay programs in support of Swap (the severe weather avoidance program). An advanced session on the subject was on the agenda at the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in January.
The FAA is not planning to ground the Mitsubishi MU-2, despite a plea from Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) to FAA Administrator Marion Blakey in a letter sent June 23 last year. Nor does Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plan to issue a “voluntary recall,” as Tancredo requested in a subsequent letter dated September 29.
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.