Former JetBlue captain Clayton Osbon, who’s still sitting in a Texas jail, has decided to plead not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of interfering with other flight crewmembers, according to a court motion filed by his attorney last week. Osbon’s first officer locked him out of the cockpit of his Airbus A320 on March 27, after the captain’s actions had caused the first officer to fear for the safety of the flight.
After almost a decade of controversy, four years since the first complaint was filed and several postponements of the actual trial, the Bobigny Criminal Court (a French court near Paris Le Bourget Airport) decided on Tuesday to acquit NetJets Management Ltd and NetJets Transportes Aéreos (two companies trading as NetJets Europe) in a case where they were accused of employment practices contrary to French law. All civil plaintiffs’ claims were rejected.
A former Cessna employee has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for selling stolen aircraft parts on eBay and was also ordered to pay $130,000 restitution. Diego Alejandro Paz-Teran (35) of Wichita pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property. In his plea, Paz-Teran admitted he stole aircraft parts from Cessna and sold them on eBay.
Environmental group Friends of the Earth filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), charging the agency with failure to respond to its 2006 petition requesting the regulation of lead emissions from GA aircraft under the Clean Air Act. In the petition, the group asked the EPA to rule that emissions from aircraft that burn leaded fuel may pose a threat to public health. According to the group, nearly six years later, there has been no final action from the agency.
The families of the two Colombian men killed in the July 2011 crash of a Robinson R66 have hired Los Angeles law firm Baum Hedlund to represent them. Last month the law firm issued a press release featuring photos of the dead men with their families and blasting Robinson for placing “profit over passenger safety.” Baum Hedlund has faced off with Robinson in five previous crashes of R22s and R44s.
Despite rising jubilation among the GPS community in the middle of last month that LightSquared had at last met its comeuppance, the would-be nationwide wireless broadband provider was not dead yet as this issue went to press. With its technical arguments virtually exhausted, LightSquared entered into a “Pleading Cycle” at the FCC on January 27, using what is likely its only lifeline.
A San Bernardino, Calif. Superior Court judge dissolved a temporary restraining order against the San Bernardino Airport Authority on Friday, paving the way for the authority to terminate its fueling contract with SBD Airport Services. SBD is one of several companies operating at the airport with ties to airport developer Scot Spencer and former airport executive director T. Milford Harrison.
The Columbus Police Division Helicopter Unit and the Houston Police Department Air Support Division today became the first two airborne units to become accredited through the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (ALEAC).
Certification is awarded after an assessment of the entire air support operation according to professional standard guidelines applicable to all airborne law enforcement units.
Robinson Helicopter recently delivered its 100th R66 single-engine turbine helicopter to long-time customer and South African-dealer National Airways Corp. Just 14 months after receiving FAA certification, Robinson has received more than 380 orders for the five-passenger Rolls-Royce RR300-powered R66, 70 percent of those from the export market. Customer response to the R66 has exceeded expectations, said Robinson CEO Kurt Robinson.
A nonprofit digital rights advocacy organization filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation last month, demanding its constituent agency, the FAA, release information on who is operating or applying to operate unmanned aircraft in civilian airspace. The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) alleges that the FAA “wrongfully withheld” information sought through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).