As Eclipse Aviation awaited FAA approval at press time of a new-design pitot/angle-of-attack probe to prevent a freezing problem that occurred during three test flights, the FAA issued an Airworthiness Directive in final form, effective at the end of June. The AD restricts Eclipse 500 operations to day VFR, no IFR flight plans allowed. Before the AD was issued, operators had been able to file an IFR flight plan but had to remain in VMC.
London-based flight planning group Flight-Operations. com has been rebranded under the name Air Planner. The company has also benefited from fresh funding that has allowed it to invest in more specialist staff and achieve compliance with Europe’s JAR-OPS 1 operating standards for commercially operated aircraft.
Effective September 1, operators will be required to use a new set of flight plan aircraft equipment suffixes to indicate advanced navigation capabilities. According to an FAA notice published last week, either J, K, L or a newly defined Q is to be used to specify advanced RNAV and RVSM capabilities. Pilots should continue to use a W to indicate RVSM capability only.
RAYTHEON BEECH KING AIR B90, DODGE CITY, KAN., FEB. 17, 2004–All three crewmembers were killed when King Air N777KU crashed about seven miles west of Dodge City Regional Airport, Kan. The twin turboprop, operated by EagleMed, was returning to its home base at Dodge City from Wichita when it went down at about 3 a.m. Killed in the crash were the pilot, paramedic and nurse. There was no one else aboard.
Kristi Ivey is the flight operations supervisor at the Home Depot Aviation Department at Fulton County Airport in Atlanta. She is also a licensed dispatcher. Working for her are two schedulers and four administrators. She is also the vice chair of the NBAA schedulers & dispatchers committee.
“We take care of everything, and then we put out the fires,” said Ivey, who has been in the Home Depot flight department for six years.
BEECH KING AIR E90, GALESBURG, ILL., JAN. 8, 2004–During climbout from Galesburg Municipal Airport (GBG) at about 2:27 p.m., King Air N48TA sustained substantial damage when the cabin door opened in flight, became separated and struck the empennage. The nonscheduled domestic passenger flight, headed for Mountain Empire Airport (MKJ) near Marion, Va., was operated by Tidewater Aero under Part 135.
Raytheon Beech King Air 200, Belgrade, Mont., Feb. 6, 2007–The EMS flight was on an IFR flight plan, en route to Gallatin Field, Belgrade, to pick up a patient. BZN was VFR and the pilot requested a visual approach to Runway 12. After he was cleared for the approach, ATC lost contact.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Alliance, Neb., Feb. 8, 2007–The commercial pilot of Caravan N1116Y was seriously injured when the postal cargo airplane hit the roof of a metal building and then the ground during a nonprecision approach to Runway 12 at Alliance Municipal Airport (AIA) in night IMC. The pilot, who had filed an IFR flight plan, had been cleared for the VOR 30 approach but at 2:09 a.m. requested a change to the VOR 12 approach.
A prominent moment of the 2003 International Operators Conference in Colorado Springs occurred just after the first day’s sessions. With dozens of pilots and aviation department managers standing around a nearby television, President Bush warned Saddam Hussein that the Americans and their allies were on the way. The war in Iraq erupted soon afterwards.
After meeting with industry representatives over several days in early March, the FAA launched a new ATC plan designed to head
off gridlock by “sharing the pain” around choke points such as New York, Chicago and Atlanta.