A group of airline and corporate pilots has established BidQwest, an online site where air taxis can bid on charter flight requests.
MITSUBISHI MU-2B-35, HILTON HEAD, S.C., AUG.
ISRAEL AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIES 1124A, TAOS, N.M., NOV. 8, 2002–The NTSB determined the probable cause of this accident was the pilot’s inadvertent flight into mountain-wave weather conditions while IMC, resulting in loss of aircraft control.
ROCKWELL AERO COMMANDER 690A, BISHOP, CALIF., AUG. 11, 2002–At about 1:23 a.m. Aero Commander N690TB crashed near Bishop Airport (BIH). The accident occurred during a descending turn between base and final approach. The twin turboprop was destroyed, and the pilot and three passengers were killed. The airplane was owned by the pilot, who was operating it under Part 91.
ROCKWELL AERO COMMANDER 690A, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA., FEB. 16, 2004– Aero Commander N690TD sustained substantial damage following a loss of control during the takeoff roll from Wiley Post Airport (PWA) near Oklahoma City. The twin turboprop took off at 7:30 a.m. headed for Adams Field (LIT) in Little Rock, Ark. The ATP pilot and passenger were not injured.
CESSNA 208B CARAVAN, AUBURN, ALA., FEB. 3, 2004–At 2 p.m. a Caravan registered to and operated by Rushton Air experienced a right rudder control cable failure shortly after takeoff from the Columbus Metropolitan Airport (CSG), Ga., on a planned flight to Auburn-Opelika Airport (AUO). The repositioning flight was operating under Part 91 in VMC without a flight plan, with a captain and first officer aboard.
RAYTHEON BEECH KING AIR B90, DODGE CITY, KAN., FEB. 17, 2004–All three crewmembers were killed when King Air N777KU crashed about seven miles west of Dodge City Regional Airport, Kan. The twin turboprop, operated by EagleMed, was returning to its home base at Dodge City from Wichita when it went down at about 3 a.m. Killed in the crash were the pilot, paramedic and nurse. There was no one else aboard.
RAYTHEON BEECH KING AIR 200, PITULJA, BOSNIA, FEB. 26, 2004–A King Air carrying Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, six of his aides and two pilots crashed in the Bosnian mountains, about 50 miles south of Sarajevo. There were no survivors. An investigation of the accident is ongoing, and the NTSB is assisting.
The FAA will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for implementation of several proposed improvements to San Antonio International Airport (SAT). The agency will review such major projects as extending Runway 3/21 by 1,500 feet to approximately 9,000 feet, upgrading Runway 12L/30R to approximately 8,500 feet by 150 feet and installing an ILS.
Andre Dosé resigned his post as CEO of Swiss International Airlines last month amid a continuing investigation into the Nov. 21, 2001 crash of a Crossair Avro RJ100 near Basseldorf, Switzerland. Swiss chairman Pieter Bouw has replaced Dosé as CEO.