Aviation International News » December 2006

December 13, 2006 - 6:23am

The EMAS arrestor bed at the end of Teterboro (New Jersey) Airport’s Runway 6 is difficult to see at night, and two jets have taxied into the bed, made of porous concrete by ESCO’s Engineered Material Arresting System Division and designed to stop aircraft traveling at high speed. On October 25, a Challenger taxied into the EMAS after landing, one week after installation.

December 13, 2006 - 6:21am

On December 1 Learjet 36 N26FN with two pilots and one passenger aboard lost its right elevator while maneuvering off the coast of San Diego. L-3 Communications Flight Capital was operating the airplane under Part 91. The NTSB said the local public-use flight departed North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego, about 9:30 a.m. VMC prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.

December 13, 2006 - 6:19am

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) released the final report on the fatal icing-related crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan on Oct. 6, 2005 in Winnipeg, Canada. The Caravan was about 3 percent overweight and 200 pounds over mtow for operating in icing conditions. Moderate icing conditions were forecast in the Winnipeg area.

December 13, 2006 - 6:14am

Blurry photos supposedly taken from the inside of the Gol Airlines 737 after it collided with an Embraer Legacy 600 on September 29 over the Amazon jungle making the rounds through e-mail are a hoax, according to several reputable sources, including mythbuster Snopes.com and the NTSB. “The images displayed above have nothing to do with that tragic accident,” Snopes.com said.

December 13, 2006 - 6:13am

Less than one day after a joint letter from the NBAA and several other associations was sent to Brazilian prosecutors thanking them for their part in getting the “criminal authority” to release two U.S. corporate pilots, Brazilian federal police on Friday charged the two airmen with “endangering air safety” in the September 29 collision of their Embraer Legacy 600 with a Gol Airlines 737.

December 11, 2006 - 8:56am

The Nordam Group’s board of directors has voted to extend Ken Lackey’s term as chairman and CEO through 2008. He has assumed the additional responsibilities of COO of the manufacturing divisions. John Uczekaj, Nordam’s president and COO, has left the company to pursue other interests. Bill Peacher, Nordam’s CFO, will also serve as COO of the Nordam Repair Group.

December 11, 2006 - 8:52am

Aerospatiale AS 350BA, Haines, Alaska, April 6, 2006–The Coastal Helicopters AS 350 air taxi landed on a grassy area near a beach and the main rotor blades struck a tree. The NTSB said the pilot had failed to maintain adequate clearance from an object when landing at a remote site. The blades had to be returned to the manufacturer’s facility for repair. None of the three people on board was injured.

December 11, 2006 - 8:47am

Bell 206-L1 LongRanger, Gentry, Ark., Feb. 21, 2005–The NTSB attributed the EMS accident to the pilot’s improper decision to maneuver in an environment conducive to a loss of tail-rotor effectiveness and his failure to properly execute an autorotation. The prevailing crosswind was a contributing factor.

December 11, 2006 - 8:45am

Eurocopter AS 350 B3, Pilar, N.M., Jan. 29, 2005–The NTSB blamed the accident on the pilot’s failure to maintain control and his improper use of night-vision goggles (NVGs). His spatial disorientation, self-induced pressure to return the helicopter to its home base, lack of experience in the use of NVGs, use of exterior lights on a dark night, under overcast skies and against snow-covered terrain, were listed as contributing factors.

December 11, 2006 - 8:39am

Bombardier Canadair CL-600 Challenger, Aspen, Colo., Feb. 9, 2006–The NTSB said the cause of the accident was the Challenger’s encounter with wake turbulence.

 
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