Cessna 208B Caravan, Unalakleet, Alaska, Oct. 24, 2005–The NTSB blamed the crash of a 208B Caravan on the pilot’s failure to maintain altitude/clearance from terrain while performing a low-altitude maneuver.
Aviation International News » June 2006
Cessna Caravan 208B, Pelee Island, Ontario, Jan. 17, 2004–The Canadian Transportation Safety Board has released its final report of the Georgian Express Caravan that crashed in Lake Erie, near Pelee Island. The airplane was 1,270 pounds overweight and was laden with ice. The ATP-rated pilot’s decision to take off in icing
Cessna 208 Caravan, Round Rock, Texas, Oct. 18, 2005–The FedEx Caravan made a forced landing after the engine quit in night VMC. The ATP-rated pilot, the sole occupant, incurred minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. After takeoff from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and leveling off at 7,000 feet, the pilot reported “engine failure and a total power loss.” His attempts to restart the engine were not successful.
Sikorsky S-76B, New York, N.Y., Oct. 11, 2005–The United Technologies S-76 refueled at a riverside heliport and was being repositioned to another spot to pick up passengers. The pilot flying described the conditions as “dark, drizzling rain, northerly winds 8 to 10 knots, [and an] unusually high water level of the…river.” The pilot flying was in the right seat; the pilot-in-command was in the left.
Raytheon Beech King Air 90, Raleigh, N.C., April 27, 2006–The pilot of King Air N90CH reported a fire in the cockpit and diverted to Raleigh. The NTSB is looking into the incident and has requested that the windshield heating unit be sent for examination. There was no substantial damage to the airplane, which is registered to Chartco of Salisbury, N.C.
Dassault Falcon 2000, Stilesville, Ind., April 14, 2006–The Falcon 2000, N722JB, was at FL250 when the left engine cowling separated from the engine and hit the horizontal stabilizer. The crew heard a loud noise and diverted to Stilesville, where they landed without incident. The airplane was substantially damaged, but the pilot and copilot, the only occupants, were not injured.
Cessna 208 Caravan, Cuenca, Ecuador, March 24, 2006–An Ecuadorian-registered Cessna Caravan, operated by Atesa Aero Taxis Ecuatorianos, lost power and crashed on departure from Cuenca Airport in VMC. The airplane was substantially damaged and five passengers were killed. The commercial pilot, the ATP-rated copilot and seven passengers were seriously injured.
Last month continued the trend toward supply rebalancing as the rate of used aircraft placed on the market outpaced those that were sold. The steady increase this year should come as no surprise as last year’s burst of buying drove choices of many types to extremely low levels, leaving no other direction to go but up. As we near summer, perceived by many to be the slowest time of year for aircraft sales, it is likely the trend will continue.
In the middle of last month downtown Paris was abuzz with soccer fever, as tens of thousands of fans relaxed at sidewalk cafes before the most important match of Europe’s soccer season.
In addition to payment at the point of purchase and by arrangement over the phone before departure of the flight, customers can now provide payment online at www.avfuel.com. At more than 400 participating locations in the U.S., Canada and the U.S., Avfuel cardholders will receive a discount by purchasing fuel via the Web site.