The FAA has rejected a request from Brazilian politicians to revoke the pilot certificates of the two U.S. pilots involved in the 2006 midair collision over the Amazon rainforest. Jan Paladino and Joseph Lepore were at the controls of the Legacy 600 operated by New York-based ExcelAire when it collided with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737.
AINalerts » May 6, 2010
The NTSB is investigating the second airport environment near-midair collision involving general aviation aircraft and Southwest Airlines 737s in as many weeks. The latest occurred last Wednesday, April 29, when SWA Flight 1332, a Boeing 737-700 bound for Baltimore with 140 aboard, was lifting off from Houston Hobby Airport’s Runway 12R and came within an estimated 125 feet vertically and 100 feet laterally of a Bell 407.
Attendance at EBACE 2010 reached 11,106 registered visitors by the time the halls closed yesterday. With new visitors expected today, this is set to be the show’s second-most-attended year if it passes the 11,267 total achieved in 2007. Last year’s event had the highest attendance to date, with 13,692 showgoers. Aircraft manufacturers have been logging business aircraft sales during the show, though not at the pace of two years ago.
The NTSB met on Tuesday to conclude its 15-month investigation into the Jan. 15, 2009, accident of US Airways Flight 1549, flown by Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and FO Jeffrey Skiles. Shortly after departing New York La Guardia Airport, their Airbus A320 struck a flock of Canada geese at 2,700 feet, heavily damaging both engines and forcing the crew to ditch the airliner in the Hudson River.
It’s no secret that Piaggio Aero has been working on developing a jet, and this work has accelerated with the support of shareholders Tata and Mubadala. According to John Bingham, president and CEO of Piaggio America and chief marketing officer for Piaggio Aero, development of the P1XX jet is ongoing and the recession has allowed Piaggio Aero to hire some new talent to help bring the program to fruition.