Silver State Helicopters

February 5, 2013 - 1:10am

Many, but not all, former Silver State Helicopter students have had their student loans forgiven in the wake of the 2008 bankruptcy and liquidation of what was then the largest civil helicopter school in the U.S. However, Cleveland-based KeyBank did not offer loan forgiveness, prompting 100 former students to sue, charging that the bank knew of Silver State’s precarious financial condition when it offered them high-interest-rate loans of up to $70,000 to attend the school. Arguments in the case were heard late last year by the Ninth Circuit U.S.

July 1, 2012 - 5:55am

Preliminary Report: Turboprop Single Crashes from Altitude

Pilatus PC-12, Lake Wales, Fla. June 7, 2012–A PC-12 on a Part 91 IFR flight, last reported in cruise flight at FL260, crashed near Tampa, Fla. The flight was en route from St. Lucie County Airport in Fort Pierce, Fla., to Freeman Field, Junction City, Kan.

July 1, 2012 - 5:55am

Preliminary Report: Turboprop Single Crashes from Altitude

Pilatus PC-12, Lake Wales, Fla. June 7, 2012–A PC-12 on a Part 91 IFR flight, last reported in cruise flight at FL260, crashed near Tampa, Fla. The flight was en route from St. Lucie County Airport in Fort Pierce, Fla., to Freeman Field, Junction City, Kan.

July 1, 2012 - 5:55am

Preliminary Report: Turboprop Single Crashes from Altitude

Pilatus PC-12, Lake Wales, Fla. June 7, 2012–A PC-12 on a Part 91 IFR flight, last reported in cruise flight at FL260, crashed near Tampa, Fla. The flight was en route from St. Lucie County Airport in Fort Pierce, Fla., to Freeman Field, Junction City, Kan.

June 2, 2012 - 12:55am

Preliminary Report: Cause of Turboprop Ditching Still Unknown

February 29, 2012 - 8:44pm

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau last week published the final report on a March 2010 crash of an EMB-120 Brasilia during an in-flight training exercise at Darwin Airport. The crash killed both pilots, the captain and an instructor who was evaluating that pilot’s flying abilities.

February 13, 2012 - 11:40pm

FOCUS on…AUTOROTATION TRAINING “Infrequent autorotation training is dangerous,” said Chad Oakley, chief pilot at the Bell Academy, yesterday at a Heli-Expo training session called, “Autorotations, Reality Exposed.” Other participants at the one-hour session–pilots, instructors, and representatives from the FAA, NTSB, OEMs, and several fleet operators–agreed.

March 31, 2010 - 8:18am

MD Helicopters MD902, Salinas, Calif., July 21, 2008–The NTSB has determined that the pilot’s inability to maintain directional control of the helicopter stemmed from the fatigue failure of the threaded portion of the forward directional-control cable, resulting from an improperly installed lock washer.

February 24, 2010 - 10:15am

Bell 407, Decatur, Texas, Dec. 25, 2009–The medevac helicopter was departing on a Part 91 positioning flight to pick up a patient when it lost all engine power at a height of about 100 feet, according to the pilot, who autorotated the helicopter back to the original helipad. The 407 sustained structural damage to its lower fuselage as it landed hard in an upright position.

January 28, 2010 - 5:16am

The court-appointed trustee in the 2008 Silver State Helicopters (SSH) collapse has filed suit against the company’s ex-CEO, Jerry Airola, and his top deputy, Steve Pickett, charging that the two used a complex shell game to fraudulently transfer $8.2 million out of the company in the months immediately before it declared bankruptcy.

 
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