A commercial pilot for Orlando-based Flight Express, a subsidiary of Columbus, Ohio’s AirNet Cargo, is facing a maximum of 15 years in a federal prison after pleading guilty last month to operating an aircraft while under the influence on December 8 last year. Authorities said the pilot was flying with a blood-alcohol level six times over the legal limit for aviators on a trip between North Carolina and Tampa Fla., at the time of the incident.
With the Dec. 31, 2004, deadline fast approaching for all aircraft flying between FL 290 and FL 410 to comply with domestic reduced vertical separation minimum (DRVSM) standards, aircraft and avionics OEMs have been feverishly working toward RVSM certification of air-data units and data packages as owners begin upgrading their fleets.
Bombardier Learjet 35A, Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 10, 2007–The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident was the pilot’s failure to maintain aircraft control during an in-flight maneuver, which took the airplane beyond its design stress limits. A factor was the excessive airspeed encountered during recovery, which caused substantial damage to the airplane’s left wing and elevator assembly.
The regional NBAA forum at West Palm Beach International (PBI), Fla., on March 10 served a slice of business aviation with complex ingredients. Fractional ownership has added occupants to the back of the cabin without always expanding the industry pie.
An Airnet Systems Learjet 35A on a Part 135 cargo flight was seriously damaged March 19 during a failed attempted to abort the landing. The two pilots were not injured. According to the NTSB, N800AW was too high during the approach to the 6,000-foot runway at Oneida County Airport, Utica, N.Y. The copilot decreased engine power, but the sink rate became “too great” and the crew initiated a go-around.
Bombardier Learjet 35A, Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 10, 2007–Descending through FL200, the captain of the Airnet Systems cargo flight intentionally attempted an aileron roll and lost control. The Learjet “oversped,” said the captain, producing “excessive g loads.” The airplane recovered, but there was substantial damage
At about 3:30 a.m. on January 10, the pilots flying a cargo-carrying Learjet 35 from Jacksonville, Fla., to Columbus, Ohio, for Airnet Systems attempted an aileron roll, according to the NTSB, but the maneuver wasn’t entirely successful. “The crew reported they did an intentional roll,” said NTSB investigator-in-charge Todd Fox. “There was substantial damage. The elevators were bent, and there was some stabilizer damage.
CharterX of Newtown, Pa., continues to reflect steady growth in air charter and recently added 10 new charter companies to its marketplace for collection and distribution of charter aircraft information for the charter professional. The company processes approximately 40,000 trip requests each month, maintains availability for more than 1,000 business jets worldwide and stores information on more than 1,000 empty legs on any given day.
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Aware that its aircraft owners and operators have been growing increasingly dissatisfied with product support and service in recent years, Canadian business jet manufacturer Bombardier has launched a major initiative it says will remedy the problem. The solution, including restructuring, expansion and training, began about 18 months ago, said Dave Orcutt, v-p of customer support for business aircraft.
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