The retired New Mexico state police chief pilot accused the state’s public safety (DPS) secretary of placing undue pressure on the department to fly rescue missions in marginal weather and suggested that this pressure could have contributed to the June 2009 fatal crash of the state’s AgustaWestland A109E.
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The U.S. government has reinstated the “airbridge denial program,” or anti-drug interdiction efforts, with Colombia. This program, which allows the use of deadly force against civilian aircraft if they are known or suspected to be smuggling drugs, is the first of the airbridge programs to resume after the fatal shooting down of a missionary Cessna 185 floatplane in Peru in 2001. AOPA reiterated its opposition, saying.
New York City has been granted $9.8 million in federal funds to buy and equip a hybrid “super-copter” equipped for response to a variety of emergency situations but specifically terrorist attacks. Making the announcement, U.S.