First-time NBAA exhibitors Aviation Partners Group (APG) of Punta Gorda, Florida, and Oma Sud of Capua, Italy and Miami, are presenting here at NBAA 2013 the Oma Sud Skycar (B. No. N409). Designed and developed in Italy, the five-place, all-metal piston twin-engine Skycar is both FAA and EASA certified. Designed for missions ranging from executive transport to cargo hauling and patrol work, the aircraft is currently receiving enhancements including air-conditioning, composite three-bladed propellers, electronic ignition and tuned exhaust system.
After losing its case against charter operator Air Trek of Punta Gorda, Fla., in March, the FAA petitioned the NTSB for reconsideration in an attempt to avoid having to pay $121,991.34 in attorney fees to Air Trek.
Dornier Seaplane exhibited its all-composite Seastar amphibian at the Canadian Business Aviation Association show in Montreal in late May, showing off fresh paint and an upgraded interior. The Seastar program “is gaining momentum,” according to Joe Walker, CEO of the Punta Gorda, Fla.-based company, which has taken orders for 25 of the twin-turboprop amphibians.
NTSB Administrative Law Judge William Pope II last month reversed an FAA emergency order of revocation issued in June that grounded Punta Gorda, Fla.-based aeromed transport company Air Trek. During last month’s NTSB hearing, the law judge found only two violations related to flight operations that occurred at Air Trek’s Winchester, Va. base, which was closed more than a year before the revocation order.
National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president James Coyne last month criticized the FAA for issuing another emergency suspension order for a Part 135 operator, this time grounding Punta Gorda, Fla.-based aeromed transport company Air Trek.
Cessna Citation 550, Butler, Pa., Jan. 24, 2007–The Air Trek Citation 550 air ambulance landed long at Butler, Pa., slid off the runway and hit a localizer. Weather was IMC. Two people on board were slightly injured and the aircraft was substantially damaged. Air Trek, based in Punta Gorda, Fla., was involved in a fatal accident in 2004.
IAI 1124 Westwind, Mosstown, Exuma, Bahamas, May 24, 2006–Westwind N475AT declared an emergency after having an electrical problem and was diverted to Mosstown. When the airplane landed and the two crew-members and six passengers left the airplane, one had minor injuries. The Airtrek Westwind had left San Juan, Puerto Rico, for Punta Gorda, Fla., on an IFR flight plan. The source of the electrical problem was not reported.