Pilot Francis Vieira, 61, who had previously pleaded guilty to charges related to the 2005 takeoff crash at Teterboro Airport of a Challenger 600 operated by defunct Platinum Jet, was sentenced yesterday to six months in prison and an additional six months of house arrest. According to U.S. District Court papers, Vieira entered a guilty plea on the charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to defraud the U.S.
Independent FBO network Paragon Aviation Group has added five members: Maguire Aviation at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in California, Aero Air at Portland-Hillsboro Airport (HIO) in Oregon, Galvin Flying Service at Boeing Field/King County International Airport (BFI) in Seattle, First Aviation Services at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey and XJet at Centennial Airport (APA) in Colorado.
This month marks the six-year anniversary of one of the most infamous accidents in the history of business aviation–the crash of a chartered Challenger 600 at Teterboro Airport. Six years later, has the FAA incorporated the lessons learned into its regulations?
Cessna Citation 560XL, Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 13, 2010–The twinjet experienced rudder binding while landing at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport at the conclusion of a Part 135 flight from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. The Excel landed safely with no injuries to the passenger and two pilots. A post-flight examination of the tail cone revealed ice around the rudder control cables and pulleys.
Eastern Aviation Fuels/Shell Aviation has added Panorama Flight Service at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., to its fuel dealer network.
Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB) honored 24 company flight departments and individuals with its annual Good Neighbor Awards at the NBAA Convention in October. Recipients for the year 2009 were recognized for adhering to TEB’s voluntary noise restraints limiting late-night arrivals and departures and prohibiting Stage II jet operations. Honorees also have received no violations or warnings under the airport’s mandatory noise rules.
Michael Brassington, president, CEO and cofounder of now-defunct Platinum Jet Management, and his brother Paul Brassington, a v-p and cofounder, were convicted on November 15 of “offenses arising from a conspiracy to commit continuous willful violations of regulatory requirements for the operation of commercial charter aircraft.” The jury verdict against the Brassingtons came after nearly four days of deliberations following a four-week trial
Jet Aviation has launched the Jet Response mobile maintenance service program with mobile maintenance vehicles based at Boston/Bedford, Mass., and Teterboro airports. The service targets AOG operators in the Boston, White Plains and Teterboro areas. The trucks contain a fully functional workshop and benches complete with electronic data and supplies.
Jet Aviation Flight Services of Teterboro, N.J., introduced JetStart, a turnkey program to assist new aircraft buyers in establishing a flight department before aircraft delivery, at NBAA. JetStart offers ad hoc services that can be integrated into a service package to support owner-specific operational objectives.
Dassault Falcon's 900LX exterior reminded me a bit of a lady caught without her makeup when I first saw her outside Epps Aviation at Atlanta's DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK), site of the NBAA Convention static display this year. The aircraft, F-WWFB, had just completed the ferry flight from the Merignac, France assembly facility.