Harry Houckes, NBAA’s U.S. Southeast regional representative and one of the founding leaders of the association’s regional representative program, will retire on February 12 after more than 12 years of service at NBAA. Houckes represented the interests of NBAA members in Alabama, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a warning to an R44 pilot for plucking party-goers from boats on Tennessee’s Dale Hollow Lake and letting them dangle from the skids before they dropped into the water. The FAA may take separate action.
While thousands of spectators watched the thrilling conclusion to last month’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, FBO operators in the Louisville area gazed out over ramps packed with aircraft. According to industry flight data provider FlightAware, 639 general aviation flights arrived in the Louisville area in the 72 hours before the race. At Louisville International Airport-Standiford Field, Atlantic Aviation, the lone FBO on the airport, saw 609 arrivals from Wednesday to Sunday, according to general manager Kimberly Deman.
Cessna Aircraft will position mobile service units (MSUs) in support of seven 2012 special events. Starting with the recent Super Bowl, additional events to be covered include the Daytona 500, NCAA Final Four in New Orleans, The Masters (Augusta, Ga.), Kentucky Derby (Louisville, Ky.), Indianapolis 500 and the Summer Olympics in London. MSUs perform scheduled maintenance, including phase inspections and maintenance steering group (MSG) tasked-based inspection documents.
An eight-member jury in Lexington, Ky., has awarded $7.1 million to the family of one of the victims of the 2006 crash of Comair Flight 5191. The widow and two daughters of Bryan Keith Woodward, one of 47 passengers who died in the Aug. 27, 2006 crash at Lexington Blue Grass Airport, stood as the only plaintiffs to take their case to trial after all the other families settled out of court.
The Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil–ANAC) has certified a new Embraer U.S. distribution center operated by UPS Supply Chain Solutions in Louisville, Ky. The certification is recognized by the FAA.
The Kentucky Supreme Court heard arguments last month on the question of whether a lower court can hold Lexington Blue Grass Airport liable for the Aug. 27, 2006, crash of a Comair Bombardier CRJ that killed 49 of its 50 occupants. Comair contends that the airport should bear some responsibility for the crash for not adequately notifying the pilots of a construction project that diverted airplanes on the taxiway.
A U.S. District Court’s ruling requiring Comair to release confidential employee filings into evidence in the dozens of civil lawsuits stemming from the Aug. 27, 2006 crash of a Bombardier CRJ in Lexington, Ky., threatens the integrity of one of the FAA’s most important safety mandates, according to the Regional Airline Association.
The NTSB blamed the crew of the Comair Bombardier regional jet that crashed at Lexington (Ky.) Blue Grass Airport on August 27 last year for failing to realize that they were taking off from the wrong runway. The crash killed 49 people; the first officer, the sole survivor, sustained serious injuries. Runway 26, the runway the crew mistakenly used, is only 3,500 feet long; Runway 22, the runway they were cleared to use, is 7,003 feet long.
The sole survivor of the crash of Comair Flight 5191 in Lexington, Ky., on August 27 last year has sued the FAA, Lexington Blue Grass Airport, chart maker Jeppesen and the supplier of the airport’s runway and taxiway lights, Avcon.
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