Raytheon Beech King Air C90A, Besancon, France, Oct. 18, 2006–The French-registered King Air crashed on takeoff in VMC from La Veze Airport and was destroyed. The pilot, copilot and two passengers were killed. According to the NTSB, the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation is investigating the accident. Operated by Lyon-based Flowair Aviation, the airplane was en route to Amiens to pick up a human organ for transplant.
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Raytheon Beech King Air 200, Leonardtown, Md., Oct. 12, 2006–Landing on Runway 29 at St. Mary’s County Regional Airport, King Air N528WG touched down on the main gear in a “firm but normal” landing, approximately 1,200 feet down the runway and within four or five feet of the right of centerline. As soon as the airplane touched down, the landing gear warning horn sounded intermittently for several seconds, and the right wing began to drop.
Cessna 425 Conquest I, Tulear, Madagascar, Oct. 25, 2006–All six people aboard the Services et Transports Aeriens Conquest, 5R-MGV, were killed when the turboprop twin crashed soon after takeoff from Tulear Airport on a VFR flight plan in visual conditions. Witnesses reported seeing sparks come from the aircraft immediately after takeoff and it banked to the right before descending. Fire broke out and the airplane was destroyed.
Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger, Teterboro, N.J., Oct. 25, 2006–Challenger N409KC, registered to the Bank of America of St. Louis, was landing at Teterboro Airport (TEB) and overran the runway. No damage was reported to the aircraft and there were no injuries to the pilot and five passengers.
Twin Commander 690A, Antlers, Okla., Oct. 15, 2006–After an in-flight breakup in IMC, Twin Commander N55JS was destroyed and the ATP-rated pilot, copilot and two passengers were killed.
On Sunday night a Brazilian air force Embraer EMB-145 ANEW&C landed at the Dubai airshow to make the type’s first appearance outside South America, at the start of Operação Guardião–a demonstration tour that will also take the aircraft to December’s LIMA show in Malaysia. The aircraft flew from Brazil with six stops along the way.
Television images last May of Saudi commandos dropping from a Kawasaki-Vertol KV 107IIA helicopter in a dramatic rooftop assault to free hostages from terrorists has underscored the importance of rotary-wing aircraft to Middle Eastern governments. The current heightened security state, with its emphasis on anti-terrorist operations, has made helicopters the airborne assets of choice for close-in, fast-reaction operations.
Universal Weather & Aviation has introduced a new online Master Crew List (MCL) and Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) filing application that adapts to work the way its individual clients work. In essence this means that clients can provide relevant MCL/APIS information via their online format, or if preferred, they can let Universal collect the required information to file the necessary reports.
Despite the fact that the UK, at least, has been enforcing the security rules of European Union Framework Regulation 2320 since it was first published in September 2002–a policy that has been hampering business aviation with some cumbersome and ambiguous security screening procedures–there still seems to be disagreement over whether this is actually an adopted and enforceable rule or merely a proposal up for comment.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has relaxed restrictions on operations by aircraft that are U.S.-registered but considered to be foreign owned. The new Part 375 rule was introduced last month in response to a petition by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). The DOT has revised its previously held view that even if an aircraft is registered in the U. S., if the owner is not a U.S.