When the FAA pulled the trigger on AMI Jet Charter and TAG Aviation USA last month, a silence settled over the land that was almost reminiscent of the empty skies after 9/11. Many in business aviation had been aware for months that the feds were going after AMI/TAG with a perplexing intensity, but nobody was saying anything publicly.
Aviation International News » November 2007
Jeffrey Lee has been named chairman of the NBAA board of directors. He previously served as vice chairman and treasurer, and he replaces Kenneth Emerick, who will continue to serve on the executive committee. Pat Cunningham will replace Lee.
Embraer ERJ 135LR, Newark, N.J., July 24, 2006–The NTSB determined that the captain of the American Eagle ERJ 135 failed to follow company procedures, which resulted in pushback with the parking brake set. An additional factor was the use of a larger tug than preferred for the regional jet. The airplane skidded about 14 inches.
Swearingen SA-226T, Teterboro, N.J., May 31, 2005–The NTSB blamed the pilot’s “improper decision to depart with a known deficiency, which resulted in a loss of control during landing at the destination airport. A factor was the fuel control units’ improper flight idle fuel flow rate.”
Bell 206B JetRanger, Walford, Iowa, June 30, 2006–The pilot of the photo helicopter, filming a movie, failed to maintain clearance from power lines while flying at 50 to 60 mph about 30 to 50 feet above the ground, following a car on the highway below, according to the NTSB.
Bell 206B JetRanger, Waialeale, Kauai, Hawaii, July 23, 2003–The NTSB said that in the Jack Harter Helicopters air tour crash inside a mountainous crater the pilot failed to maintain adequate terrain clearance/altitude while descending over mountainous terrain, and he continued flight into adverse weather. Factors contributing to the accident were clouds and a low ceiling.
Mitsubishi MU-2B-40, Bunnell, Fla., Aug. 25, 2006–The NTSB determined that the crash of the MU-2 resulted from an inadvertent encounter with thunderstorms. The commercial pilot, cruising at FL280, had received a sigmet about convective activity. His onboard weather radar was working, and Jacksonville Center was equipped with Nexrad-derived weather displays, which indicated weak to moderate echoes above FL240.
Bombardier CRJ100, Lexington, Ky., Aug.
Dassault Falcon 2000, Stilesville, Ind., April 14, 2006–Falcon N722JB was at FL250 en route from Springfield, Ill., to Dayton, Ohio, when the left engine cowl flew off and hit the horizontal stabilizer, damaging the lower spar. The crew heard a loud noise and thought something had hit the airplane. All the engine and electrical systems seemed normal, but there was a slight difference in airplane sound.
Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante PT-SDB, Curitiba, Brazil, Aug. 22, 2007–The Bandeirante, operated by Two Taxi Aero, was destroyed and the two crewmembers were killed when it crashed soon after takeoff from Brazil’s Curitiba-Afonso Pena International Airport.
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