After hearing arguments for more than two hours yesterday, a California Federal Judge has postponed until next week any preliminary rulings on a legal actions barring the sale of avgas in the state.
Later this year the Bell Helicopter Training Academy will begin offering a two-day tactical flight officer (TFO) or “spotter” training course for law enforcement officers. Bell announced the course at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association convention this past summer. “There’s been a lot of interest in the course,” said Trey Wade, director of Bell Training Academy.
DEA and FBI agents yesterday arrested 22 employees and former employees of Boeing’s Ridley Park, Pa. plant, and one non-employee, in an undercover sting aimed at prescription drug abuse at the manufacturing plant, according to Vito Guarino, DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge.
Michael Brassington, former president, CEO chief pilot and cofounder of Fort Lauderdale-based charter operator Platinum Jet, and his brother, former v-p and co-founder Paul Brassington, were sentenced on Tuesday to 30 months and 18 months, respectively, for offenses related to the crash of a Challenger 600 attempting to take off at Teterboro Airport in 2005. According to U.S.
A Houston-based pilot working for U.S. regional airline ExpressJet has filed a lawsuit against his company and its parent, Atlanta-based Atlantic Southeast Airlines, claiming retaliation against him for refusing to fly during severe weather conditions.
Offshore oil helicopter service operator PHI is accusing Sikorsky of suppressing evidence related to the cause of a 2009 crash that killed eight aboard an S-76C++ near Morgan, City, La., after a bird strike to the windscreen.
The FAA acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” when it reversed longstanding agency practice and precedent by recalibrating its Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program, lawyers for NBAA and AOPA said in their opening legal brief filed yesterday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
The former head of the New York State Police aviation unit has been charged with grand larceny for selling a state-owned Garmin 496 GPS to a fellow trooper. Retired Maj. Robert Kreppein is accused of selling the unit for $1,600 in 2008. Kreppein retired in July after media reports surfaced that he was being investigated for allegedly approving civilian flights on state police helicopters.
Pilot Francis Vieira, 61, who had previously pleaded guilty to charges related to the 2005 takeoff crash at Teterboro Airport of a Challenger 600 operated by defunct Platinum Jet, was sentenced yesterday to six months in prison and an additional six months of house arrest. According to U.S. District Court papers, Vieira entered a guilty plea on the charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to defraud the U.S.
The FAA is proposing a $194,249 civil penalty against ERA for alleged violations of its drug-and-alcohol testing regulations related to pre-employment screening and random testing of existing employees during 2009 and 2010. The OGP helicopter service company has since brought its hiring and drug testing programs into compliance.