A Cessna Citation II that ran out of fuel and landed gear-up early Sunday morning at Wilmington (N.C.) International Airport sustained “significant damage,” and the incident has been upgraded to an accident, according to an FAA spokeswoman.
AINalerts » January 6, 2009
Piper Aircraft has notified local Indian River County and Florida state authorities that it is delaying receipt of a second round of incentive money until economic conditions improve, according to a Piper spokesman. The county and state jointly came up with $32 million worth of incentives last year to keep Piper from moving its headquarters and PiperJet manufacturing activities away from Vero Beach, Fla.
Six of seven passengers and both pilots died when a two-year-old Sikorsky S-76C++ crashed into a swamp just seven minutes after takeoff from Amelia, La., on Sunday afternoon. The Petroleum Helicopters Inc.-operated helicopter was outbound to Shell Oil’s South Timbalier 300 Block platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
An FAA plan to consolidate all of the 84 National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters now co-located in the nation’s 21 ATC en route centers into two central forecasting locations has drawn spirited opposition from the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO), which is claiming the move is unsafe.
UBS Investment Research’s recently issued business jet update indicates that flight activity, measured by takeoffs and landings, was 10 percent lower in November on a rolling 12-month basis and down 11 percent year-to-date. According to UBS analyst David Strauss, the decline has been led by reduced charter activity, which dipped 15 percent in November, while all other business jet activity fell 9 percent.
The first of the Transportation Security Administration’s series of town hall meetings, held today at New York’s Westchester County Airport, drew an overflow crowd of approximately 250 business aircraft operators and other interested parties eager to speak their minds about the agency’s initial Large Aircraft Security Program.