Two pilots and two other crewmembers were killed when their UC-35, a military version of the Citation 560, crashed and caught fire March 10 about half a mile short of the runway while on the approach to Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego. Reported visibility was five miles in mist. The crew was returning from a “proficiency training” mission intended to help them maintain their flying skills.
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Million Air Van Nuys (VNY), Calif., still awaiting final approval to begin construction on its permanent facility upgrade, has completed a $750,000 interim renovation project. Harold Lee, president of Million Air Van Nuys and its sister operation Million Air Burbank, said, “While we wait to start construction of our new hangar and office project, we decided it was time to upgrade our existing FBO for our customers.
Jet Source, a Part 145 avionics installation and airframe maintenance facility at McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) in Carlsbad, Calif., has completed installing law enforcement equipment in the second of four San Diego Police Eurocopter AS 350B-3s, according to the company. The package is night-vision goggle capable and includes a Max-Viz infrared enhanced-vision system, Avalex moving map and a custom-designed radio command suite.
Business Jet Center at Oakland International Airport (OAK) has completed the construction of a new fuel farm, incorporating 40,000 gallons of jet-A–more than three times the fixed-base operator’s previous capacity for jet fuel–and 12,000 gallons of 100LL. The new above-ground storage tanks were added to handle increased traffic to the FBO.
Jet Source completed its remodeling project last month at McClellan-Palomar Airport, Carlsbad, Calif., including fresh paint, carpet, leather furniture and the addition of solar power. Pilots will focus on the new media room designed especially for visiting crews. It features satellite TV and a DVD player running through a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound system linked to a 100-inch projection television screen.
Mather Aviation of Sacramento, Calif., became an authorized line maintenance facility for Learjets.
Based at Mather Airport near Sacramento, Mather Aviation’s Rancho Cordova facility has a staff of 40 factory-trained technicians who offer 24-hour AOG assistance, line maintenance and avionics service. The company has an 86,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar and 25,000-sq-ft storage hangar.
Million Air Burbank, Calif. (BUR), recently held its grand-opening celebration. The new facility–owned by Harold Lee, who also owns Million Air Van Nuys–provides a second choice for visitors to the “beautiful downtown” city made famous by former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson. The heavily trafficked airport is one of the primary business aviation destinations, along with nearby Van Nuys, for the entertainment industry.
Van Nuys Airport, Calif., the busiest general aviation airfield in the world and already subject to a noise curfew applicable to Stage 2 and “noisier” Stage 3 airplanes, is now the target of an “attempt to implement multiple proposed noise and access restrictions,” according to Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the operating authority for VNY.
Bell 412, Hesperia, Calif., Dec. 10, 2006–Bell 412SP N410MA, operated by LifeNet dba Mercy Air Services, crashed in the mountains near the top of Cajon Pass, killing the commercial pilot and two medical crewmembers. The helicopter was destroyed in the post-crash fire. VMC prevailed along the route from the Loma Linda University Medical Center to Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville. A company VFR flight plan was filed.
Many people, this writer included, will tell you that Mendocino–about 155 miles north of San Francisco–lies in the middle of California’s most beautiful stretch of coastline. (Many others rank it second only to the Big Sur and Point Lobos area south of Carmel.)
It is gorgeously rugged, with jagged rocks and forested cliffs that have attracted artists for decades.