BEECH KING AIR 200, PIQUA, OHIO, AUG. 24, 2001–The King Air crashed, killing the sole-occupant pilot, as the ATP-rated pilot attempted a VFR approach to Piqua Airport in dense fog on his way to pick up a passenger for a scheduled charter flight.
Aviation International News » November 2002
BOEING 737-300, BURBANK, CALIF., MARCH 5, 2000–At about 1811 PST Southwest Airlines Flight 1455, a Boeing 737-300 (N668SW), overran the departure end of Runway 8 after landing at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (BUR). The airplane touched down traveling approximately 182 kt, and about 20 sec later, traveling approximately 32 kt, collided with a metal blast fence and an airport perimeter wall.
Last month, Execair completed a new $700,000 FBO on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. This will be the group’s 14th executive handling facility worldwide as it seeks to build a 25-strong chain of international FBOs.
Jet Aviation at Dallas Love Field (DAL) has launched a project to increase its ramp and infield area by 50 percent. The added space will be a welcome addition for transient aircraft at the crowded airport. Construction plans, currently in the engineering and bidding stages, are expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year.
Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport (SMO) has developed a “conformance program” for aircraft using the airport. According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, airport officials deny the program is a back-door effort to reduce noise, but it would effectively ban half the jet traffic at the field, setting civil and criminal penalties for aircraft operators who violate its terms.
Public comments released last month on an FAR Part 161 noise study at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport (BUR) support a nighttime curfew (10 p.m. to 7 a.m.) on all aircraft operations except certain emergencies, military flights and those delayed for reasons beyond the control of the operator.
The governor of Hawaii, Benjamin Cayetano, has indicated five state-operated airports may close if contract operators cannot be found to administer them under acceptable terms.
Navigance, a consortium of several security equipment manufacturers and service providers, has added features to its Safe system. Now available are a written security manual from Aircraftsman; an online real-time weather product from Weather Decision Technologies that can forecast hail and lightning; and a large-screen interactive electronic “white board” from Cleveland Corporate Services.
It just got a lot easier to clear customs in Keflavik, Iceland. SouthAir, the Exxon/Esso Avitat FBO, recently closed a deal to establish an on-site customs office there. Previously, passengers and crewmembers had to be shuttled to the airline terminal and back to clear customs.
In a cooperative agreement announced last month, ChevronTexaco Global Aviation (CTGA) employees will sponsor 22 children from around the world. After extensive research, the employees chose Childreach/ Plan, a nonprofit organization that promotes children’s well being, rights and interests around the world.